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Let's Grow Yoga

Our breath, our best friend, always with us, our life force.  Take a minute to notice the fluidity and subtlety of your breath right now, before reading any further.   Inhale a new, sweet breath of fresh air. Let it fill your…
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An Acorn Philosophy

For me, one of the greatest parts of being a teacher at Mountain Sun Community School is that we are able to educate organically. The word “organically” has perhaps been reinvented many times, but in my opinion, it is the best way to describe…
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Why We Don’t Have School the Day After Spring Forward

Regardless of one’s opinions about Daylight Savings Time (DST) and whether it should or should not exist, it is coming. On Sunday, March 14th.  Brace yourself and set a reminder on your phone. We will all lose one hour in the day, and…
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Teaching & Storytelling

“Everyone has imagination: it is something great which reflects the light and asks for expansion.”Maria Montessori Planning time. Any teacher likely will say that she spends a lot of time planning, planning individual lessons as well…
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Books to Explore and Celebrate Diversity with Children

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox This is a lovely story that helps us recognize and appreciate all of the ways we are the same and different from people all around the world. Our homes, food, and words may look and sound different, but on the…
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5 Montessori Areas to Have at Home

Montessori schools encourage, scaffold, and celebrate children’s independence and believe it is an integral part of preparing the child for success in life. Dr. Montessori believed that education should be an aid to life. She believed that…
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Dealing With Conflict in 2020

With many generations of attorneys, therapists, and challenging educators in my own family, it would seem that the complex joy of navigating conflict in one way or another has influenced many of our professions, myself included. (I guess we…
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The Elders Teaching the Youngers

My plan was ingenious. We’ve had Dolly, our mixed-breed collie-ish dog, as part of our family for about five years. She is, objectively speaking, what one would call a good girl. She stays on the porch, piddles outside, doesn’t bother our…
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Let's Learn Outside

A thoughtful outdoor component is something that I seriously seek for my child’s education. Like many parents, I want my child to grow up with all of the tools he will need to navigate the ever-changing world, both as a self-sufficient person…
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Emotional Intelligence 101: Belong

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a big topic. I am just initially and gracefully entering this field of study, which makes me think of myself as taking a swan dive into the giant pool of EI.  As I will only be talking about the portion…