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From the Director

There are so many causes that need advocacy these days I often find it overwhelming, so I remind myself that I can do only so much within my immediate world. One of the parts to my world (actually pretty much in my DNA) is my belief in the cooperative philosophy for preschool education. Along with the MHCNS&K membership in the […]
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Shortcake for dinner?  Makes PERFECT sense to me, and in fact it is a fond June memory in our family… dairy, wheat, fruit – several food groups – made a long-ago summer story of deliciousness. I served it the other night after making strawberry jam with wonderful, fresh Indiana berries. Mmmmm. Here is another story about dinner I “made” after […]
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Dear Parents, A sure sign of spring is when I put out my favorite garden accessory by our front door – a copper pinwheel. I bought it in a melancholy moment the first year of empty-nesting. It reminds me of windy days and kite flying with my two boys as it spins easily at the corner of our house. Call […]
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I must…as is evidenced by my current Spring Break enjoyment of reading the Chronicles of Narniaby C.S. Lewis, and also reading A Wrinkle In Timeby Madeleine L’Engle out loud to 8 year old Kai (Reading fantasy books is an escape from current events. Ha.) Well…actually I don’t REALLY believe in magic, but I do REALLY believe that childhood is filled […]
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I cannot get the frustration out of my mind after yet another school shooting. Every teacher in America has this in the back of mind. Every. Single. One.  Of course children pick up on what adults say and maybe have seen or heard the news, so I am hoping these suggestions will help you as you parent. Sandy Hook was […]
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Some months ago, our 7 year old grandson, Kai, told me that the only books in which he was interested were information books. He is a reader, but information books don’t get one caught up in a story with the joy of “not being able to put down a book.” I wanted him to learn about people, emotions, relationships, imagination […]
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Hi Parents, Welcome to a new school year! I know you have already begun with class playdates and your little ones are eagerly anticipating a new routine. Perhaps you are, as well! The Reimagined Playground is taking shape nicely and being readied for submitting the certification application to become a Nature Explore Classroom. Thank you to Shane Grotjan, James Halleck, Jaime Robles, Jenn and […]
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Eric Carle is a long-time favorite author and illustrator for both children and adults. One of my recent reads to my 2 ½ year old grandkids is a well-worn The Grouchy Ladybug. In it two ladybugs meet one early morning on a leaf covered with aphids. The one who arrived first invited the second one to partake, but the Grouchy Ladybug […]
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  When we visited our son, Jason, in Hawaii last December, we met a very special young woman who shared a family custom of hers when saying goodbye was difficult. She learned it from a favorite uncle and shared it with us because we were all having a hard time letting go after a wonderful two weeks.  While there were […]
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This week I’m writing about dictionaries and spatulas.  We’ll circle back to that. I want to write about the stories and jokes that make the nuclear family ‘one.’ The March 2017 blog called “Grandma Says” centers on this topic and made me think about my family: Every family has a story. It is this story that unifies us, gives us […]
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