Author Archives: Mary Stennes Wilbourn

About Mary Stennes Wilbourn

Blogger for Free Spirit Publishing.

6 Websites or Apps You Need to See Before School Starts

The arrival of August can shift our thoughts back to the classroom. But before you head back to your students this fall, take some time to check out these websites that can make your teaching experience easier and help you … Continue reading

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The Changing Face of Space: New Horizons for NASA, and Women

This month, the New Horizons Probe made a close flyby of Pluto, giving scientists the first-ever photos of the surface of the former planet. From there, the tiny probe headed deep into the Kuiper Belt to examine some of the ice-balls … Continue reading

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Enjoy Your Holiday Weekend

Fourth of July weekend brings picnic food, ball games, mosquitoes, and fireworks. What’s not to love? Well, maybe not the mosquitoes. The Free Spirit staff is spending the long weekend with family and friends. We hope you get to do … Continue reading

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3 New Ways to Use Music with Young Children

Music has been used to communicate thoughts and feelings for a very long time. Lullabies abound in all cultures, bonding the parent and baby with calming tones. These become a ritual, signifying that it is time to calm down, settle … Continue reading

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Ed Tech: Managing Training in Your Future

Teachers are learners, too. And differentiation applies to how teachers learn as well. If you purchased any new computerized device in the last few years—smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, or even a camera—you probably did not find a printed user’s guide … Continue reading

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