Author Archives: Free Spirit Publishing

How to Guide Service Learning During Learn-from-Home

By Stephanie Filio We’re home. We’re home with our work and our kids and our chores. While it has been difficult to alter our lives during self-isolation, many of us are learning how much we appreciate extra time and what … Continue reading

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The Golden Hour: Dear Class of 2020

By Barbara Gruener I’d never even heard the phrase the golden hour until I entered that second-grade classroom in early March for a mindfulness visit and my student jumped up, blurting out, “Yay, it’s time for my golden hour!” Before … Continue reading

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On Memorial Day

Wherever this Memorial Day finds you, we hope that you are safe and healthy. We wish you gorgeous sunny weather. However you celebrate Memorial Day this year, may your day be relaxing and reflective. And don’t forget to stock up … Continue reading

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Using Attention Restoration Theory to Provide Rich Summertime Learning

By Molly Breen Early childhood programs around the country are faced with a nearly constant deluge of ever-changing guidance for best practices in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Even as I write this, our program is uncertain if we will … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Ease Children’s Anxiety in Uncertain or Unstructured Times

By Danielle Schultz Unstructured time can make some children (and adults) feel anxious. Here are tips to help ease stress and anxiety by adding some structure to otherwise unstructured time, whether that’s due to COVID-19 or summer break. Create a … Continue reading

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