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Winter weather

The three weeks of freezing weather were an adventure of nature!  Many of us adults have lived in places where such weather is common, but it was all new and exciting for your little children.  The hard frozen earth, the

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Autumn changes

In these first three weeks the children have been busy at play, building boats and houses and stores, being kitty-cats and going fishing, having trick-or-treat, making phone calls, painting and cutting and gluing, learning each others’ names (and names of

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In defense of dandelions

How can I not love a month when, regardless of the weather, everywhere I turn there are flowers, flowers, and more flowers, against a backdrop of green so bright it makes me dizzy?  I do love it, and I love

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Harvest from the garden


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At home in the beans

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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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