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The Fox went out on a chilly night…

This is one of our favorite songs right now. Thanks to Wikipedia, I just learned that this song originated in 13th century England. There are dozens of recordings out there (Pete Seeger!) and several picture books, including one illustrated by

Posted in seasons in the garden, storytelling

Santa Claus thoughts

Last week in the grocery store I overheard two young parents discussing the Santa Claus question.  Over the years I have watched many families – friends, relatives, students – and their experiences with the Santa Claus question, some of which

Posted in growth and development, storytelling, thoughts about life

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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