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How to put a stop to tattling–for children of all ages!


Are your children constantly tattling? Have you had enough? Children as young as prekindergarten age can be taught the rules of tattling. Once they understand the difference between tattling and reporting, they will be less likely to tattle and more likely to solve their tattling problems without the help of an adult. I recently taught […]

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Back to School: Getting your routine back


Yes, it is that time of year! Back to School! If you are anything like me you know that going back to school means lots of changes in the house. Changes with routines and changes with schedules. By the end of July, I frantically go into “back to school” mode. I tend to think about […]

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Effective strategies for dealing with whining in your home


Do you deal with whining in your house? Over the years, friends of mine and parents from my class have asked how to stop the whining. In my house, and my classroom, the children know that whining is just not an option! We had to be very consistent with them from an early age. Give […]

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The developing preschooler: Fine Motor Coordination


Fine motor coordination is a vital part of a preschooler’s development. It is important to have strong small motor skills so that things like holding a crayon and using scissors become second nature.  When learning, a student’s focus needs to be on the academic, not how to grip a pencil.   Preschool age children love […]

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How to jumpstart your best school year yet!


Whether this is your family’s first school year or your tenth, we can all take advantage of some great tips from parenting coach Susan Epstein. The following are her steps to avoid the chaos so you can have the energy to fully enjoy your kids and the school experience. Tips from Susan Epstein: How do […]

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Leadership and your child: Big Leaders Come in Small Packages


What defines a leader? Do you define them as someone who imparts wisdom, leaves a legacy, or plays a big role in your life? How does one become a leader? Are they born into this status, do they learn it by watching others, or is it just innate? As children begin to explore and wonder […]

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Helpful Tips for Preschool Parents: Overcoming 1st Day of School Jitters


Whether your child has been at home with mom or in a home care center, the transition to a structured preschool environment can be traumatic, both for mother and child.  There are some children who transition without missing a beat!   Others may have those “jitters” and need a little coaxing to help.  Here are some […]

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Classroom size DOES matter!


  My teaching career began nine years ago in classroom with a 1:28 ratio. Twenty-eight second graders… hard to believe that I had more students in my classroom than they employ on a major league baseball team! How is this remotely possible, feasible, or appropriate? As a teacher, my job is to scaffold and differentiate […]

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