First week of the new school year

Such a happy week! Returning to old friendships, starting new friendships. Lots of imaginative play, few tears. Lots of success on the toilet, too! Grapes, pears, and plums from the garden.

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Video games at school?

These three friends built this “video game” and played it all morning.

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At the lunch table

Just a nice day enjoying our lunches together. https://understoryschool.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/img_6460.mov

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Pajama day

And all the friends who joined us.

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Ice sculptures

So many shapes and colors and treasures! And we got to see them again the next day, too.

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Links

Every parent needs support, especially for learning how to handle behavior. The Parent Support Center, right here in Portland, offers classes that can help every parent become more confident. I am one of the Parent Support Center’s parent-educators, and I offer classes here in the school for Understory families.
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Do you wonder about the importance of play? This article is a few years old, and everything in it is still true. Read it, and then go play! Taking Play Seriously, NY Times Magazine:
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I am deeply grateful to Brené Brown for her work on courage, vulnerability and empathy. If you don’t know her work, start with this short but powerful animation, and then go to her webpage.
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When I’m not teaching, I volunteer with Bark, the defenders and protectors of Mt. Hood. Free monthly hikes, monthly educational talks on forest issues, families welcome! Come learn how to defend the forest.
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