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Bring Nature Into Class; Bring the Class Into Nature

Get ideas for making this happen by going to the Children and Nature Network site. It was set up by Richard Louv, the man who coined the term ‘nature deficit disorder.” In his ground-breaking book, The Last Child in the Woods, Louv affirms for parents and teachers the importance of time in nature for the growing child. You can find talks and other books he has written on his site.

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Can Dogs Help?

The Project School in Bloomington, Indiana, has found that for children undergoing stress or having trouble settling into school work, the presence of one or two dogs in the building can have remarkable impact. The school’s two even-tempered rescue dogs move freely within the building and seem to have a knack for finding the child who needs a friendly presence at any given time.

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Amazing Mentorship Program for Special Needs

This video shows a program in New York that uses high school and college students to mentor to younger ones with learning challenges. With a lot of hands-on activities and an emphasis on arts, it has gotten remarkable results. Eye to Eye is national program dedicated to "unlocking the greatness in the 1 in 5 who learn differently."

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Can Caring Be Taught?

The answer is YES. Here’s how.

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Is “Academic Rigor” Appropriate for Early Childhood?

Early education was very successfully based in play and community development for decades, and the very best pre-K classrooms set the stage helping children try on roles, practice sharing, respect, empathy, kindness, personal responsibility, and civility in the classroom community. What will happen if with universal preschool we get a junior version of No Child Left Behind?

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Getting the Most from Project-Learning

We offer the following recommendations from Adria Steinberg for making project-based learning an effective strategy. However, we do this without endorsing the standards movement, which has taken much of the joy and flexibility out of teaching and learning.

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