Back to School: 6 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wants You to Know

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The following post was written by contributor Emily. I felt like it was timely to republish as we prepare to head back to school this year.

The time is upon us again. Back to School is in full swing across the country. As you are gathering your supplies and shopping for new clothes, I wanted to share some thoughts on heading back to school from a teacher’s perspective.

Your child’s teacher might not share these things with you, but I can assure you, they will be thinking them!

6 Tips for Heading Back to School

1. View This Year as a Clean Slate

Last year your child may have had their very favorite teacher (or maybe not-so-favorite). Regardless of the previous teacher, look at this new year as a chance to start fresh.

Your new teacher will probably be different than last year’s so give your child some time to adjust to different expectations and routines. [Read more…]

Let’s Get Messy: Fun with Cloud Dough

The following post is by contributor Emily Carter, The Pilot’s Wife.

The day had already been a long one.

What I wanted most from the evening was to put my feet up and watch a movie, but my three-year-old pleaded from the backseat,

“Can we play outside for a little while, Mama?”

The weather here is perfect, and I couldn’t think of any good reason to say no. So I caught his eyes in the rear view mirror and said, “Sure.”

I told him there was a special project we needed to work on called Cloud Dough, and asked him if he would like to help?

The response was a beaming grin and an enthusiastic, “YES!”

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A Book for Budding Geologists: If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian

Please enjoy the following post by contributor Emily Carter of The Pilot”s Wife, which originally appeared in May of 2010. Do you have a budding geologist in your family?

In my neck of the woods, Spring has sprung and it seems summer will be right at its heels.  While there is certainly a multitude of winter outdoor activities, warmer temperatures are more likely to tempt me into natural places.

In light of that, I wanted to introduce you to a book that will hopefully inspire a trip into nature for your family as well.

The book I”m going to share with you today I discovered last fall at a science workshop for teachers that I attended.  Our presenter loved tying in fabulous literature with her hands-on science lessons, so we hit it off quite well.

One of my favorites was If You Find a Rock written by Peggy Christian with photos by Barbara Hirsch Lember.

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Peaceful and Poetic

This book is just so lovely in so many ways.  Even the cover is so peaceful, don”t you think? With poetic prose, Peggy Christian invites us to find and classify rocks in a beautiful way.

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