Every Olympic Games has many inspirational stories. The best Olympic stories have less to do with winning than with the character lessons … the Olympic values … we can learn from them. In honor of this year’s Olympic Games, here are some resources to help your children and/or students learn the Olympic lessons that are most important. What Are Olympic Values? What Are the Olympic and Paralympic Values? (Definitions and

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The Olympics and Paralympics are about much more than winning. Of course, I believe that all sports are about much more than winning. The Olympic and Paralympic values are great character education lessons for both children and adults. So, what are the Olympic and Paralympic values?   Core Olympic Values There are basically seven Olympic and Paralympic values. Sometimes they’re shown together, but I’ve most

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How should we approach the value of excellence? Rewards and awards aren’t part of Montessori education, but that doesn’t stop children from striving for excellence based on their inner needs. It is ideal when children (and adults) strive for excellence based on an internal need or passion. And those children and adults often find themselves the recipients of awards because of their passions. It

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June 25 is World Vitiligo Day. I want to share some of my favorite vitiligo quotes in hopes that they’ll help individuals with vitiligo who are struggling to accept their own uniqueness. Many people with vitiligo, like my daughter, have bravely accepted their vitiligo and come to embrace it as part of themselves. Here are some of their quotes. Favorite Vitiligo Quotes “If God wanted me

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Deciding on family technology rules is difficult for many families. Should you have strict rules, no rules, or something in between? You might find it helpful to know what Steve Jobs and other top tech people chose as technology rules for their families … and you might be very surprised! Family Technology Rules of Steve Jobs and Other Top Tech People Although Steve Jobs

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Do you wonder what your child needs next? Following the child is one of the most important concepts in Montessori education, both for parents and educators. It doesn’t matter what age the child is. And the best way to know how to follow the child is by quietly observing. I love this quote by Maria Montessori: “‘Wait while observing.’ That is the motto of

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As important as family is, it’s sometimes difficult to find the right words to express its importance. Many people have done a great job of that, though. Today, I want to share some of my favorite family quotes … perfect for scrapbooking, cards, and just inspiration. Best Family Quotes “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”

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Getting cooperation from kids is an ongoing process for parents, caregivers, and teachers. It’s also an important concept for kids who need to learn to work together with other kids … so important for any collaborative projects. I was talking with my 2½-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, about how we cooperate when we work together to do a big project. The simplest way to help her

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Even though expressing appreciation for teachers is welcomed all year round, spring has some extra special dates to remember. First comes Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day on April 28 this year. Then comes Teacher Appreciation Week the first full week of May (May 2-6, 2016) with Teacher Appreciation Day on the Tuesday of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3, 2016). I love quotes, and they can be

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In case you haven’t heard, there is such as a thing as nature-deficit disorder. It’s not good. What is Nature-Deficit Disorder? Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Nature-deficit disorder can affect both children and adults. The symptoms include: attention problems obesity anxiety depression Richard Louv on Nature Deficit Disorder from Camilla Rockwell on Vimeo. If you’d like to learn

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“Rainbow Bridge” is a lovely prose poem written for anyone who’s suffered the loss of a beloved pet. The author is unknown. I created a free printable based on “Rainbow Bridge” in loving memory of my daughter’s (and our family’s) cat, Caressa, who died yesterday. Caressa entered our lives when Christina was 12 years old and added much beauty and joy to our lives over the years. Caressa

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Respect is the foundation of good manners. Still, the concept can be difficult for children to understand. I’ve gathered some free songs and resources to help you teach about and encourage respect. Free Respect Songs and Rhymes – YouTube Videos Sesame Street: Respect (Word on the Street Podcast) – Includes the song “Respect” Barney Skit: Kids for Character – Respect (includes “Respect” song) “Respect and Confidence” – Bobby

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