Category Archives: early education

Family Stories Form Us

Knowing stories about their families may be the best predictor of our children’s health and happiness. Continue reading

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Free Range Chickens & Free Range Learning

“Don’t help, Mom,” Claire says as I go to pick up the three-day-old chick. So I watch instead. It’s peeping helplessly at the side of the ramp leading up to the chicken coop. The mother hen and her other chicks … Continue reading

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Recognizing Each Child’s Particular Genius

What we might consider idiosyncrasies or problems may very well indicate a child’s strengths. Continue reading

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Five Ways to Transcend the School Mindset

When we think of education, we tend to view school as the standard even if we simultaneously realize that many parts of that school model aren’t really working. Get past the school mindset to foster wider learning. Continue reading

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Getting Science On Everything

Toddlers have scientific curiosity. So do teens. For both, there’s a key element to keeping that curiosity alive. Continue reading

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Where Fascination Leads

Do a small child’s fears and fascinations have something to do with a uniqueness he’s trying to live out, a sort of “acorn” of destiny? Continue reading

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Respecting A Child’s Urge To Discover

Trust that kids can innovate and learn. Find out just how capable they can be. Continue reading

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