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Learning to read…

Posted by Annie on Sep 9, 2016 in Education

Kindergarten – which means “garden for children” in German – is not kindergarten anymore. It’s yesterday’s first grade, or even second. Kindergarten’s academic standards are dramatically more rigorous than even a decade ago (“find textual evidence”; “read texts with purpose and understanding”; “distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that […]

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Encourage the exploration of history!

Posted by Annie on Aug 20, 2016 in Education, Young Authors

When I was a child history was something that happened a long time ago, what could it possibly have to do with today. I’m sure many of you have discovered as I have that the future is intertwined with our past. ¬†Patterns emerge because governments have developed a pattern of operations. In case you were […]

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Passing on the skills of life.

Posted by Annie on Feb 24, 2016 in Education, Seasonal

I just love that people are finally appreciative of homemade items. ¬†There was a time when it was considered old fashioned, and thrifty but certainly not preferred. I made some strawberry jam recently. It was a project well suited to my needs. It didn’t require a lot of my time but it was a slow […]

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