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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The young child’s absorbent mind is an essential concept in Montessori education. It’s important for parents, teachers, and anyone who spends a lot of time with children to understand the importance of the child’s environment. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). In The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori talks about insects that look like leaves or stalks. She compares the child to those insects

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When I read the article, I was horrified. Even though my kids are grown up, I have to think about grandkids. If you’re a parent of young children, tweens, teens, or even adults (who might give you grandkids), smartphone safety is something you need to know about. Any adult who works with kids needs to know about it, too. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost

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Being responsible is such an important character trait … one that’s not seen often enough in our world today. Both parents and teachers can help children understand the importance of responsibility, and songs can help. Today, I want to share some free responsibility songs and rhymes to make the task of character education easier.   Free Responsibility Songs and Rhymes for Home or School – YouTube Videos Being

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I already have a post with best Mother’s Day quotes in honor of mothers … quotes that are wonderful for Mother’s Day cards or scrapbooking. This post is about the feelings we mothers have … quotes about being a mother. Some of them are funny, some are simply empathetic, some are inspirational. I hope that all of them help you realize you’re not alone

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I love quotes by Maria Montessori. Here’s an important Montessori quote for teachers: “It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at it.” I created a word art freebie based on that quote. For printing, feel free to download the word art freebie without watermark. If you’d like

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I can’t believe my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, already completed the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge with our focus on toddler manners! We just started the challenge on Martin Luther King Day and worked on it when Zoey visited my house four or so afternoons each week. I have my daughter-in-law, Chea, to thank for Zoey’s awesome manners. I’m just glad I can help encourage Zoey

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Kindness is one of the most important character traits children (and adults) can have. As part of the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge, I’m sharing some free kindness songs and rhymes that can be used at any time of year and with a variety of ages. My granddaughter and I love singing together. We’ll have fun adding some kindness songs to our 100 Acts of

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This is the year I’m hoping to get organized in many areas of my life … including meal planning and fitness routines. I’m excited to have the perfect planner to organize everything in one place … digitally! Let me tell you about The Ultimate Health and Fitness Planner 2016! I’m not a person who can regularly keep up-to-date with a diary or any sort of paper schedule/to-do

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Yes, it’s possible. Toddlers can have good manners! And the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge in January and February (hosted by Toddler Approved and Coffee Cups and Crayons) is a great time to focus on toddler manners. My book Montessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy is designed to help parents and teachers feel comfortable teaching manners to children 2-12 years old.

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