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This week we celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Diwali is one of India’s biggest holidays of the year. We played Shantraj (chess), created Rangoli’s, and had the most amazing butter chicken! ... See MoreSee Less

Parent Library Spotlight!

"Verbal Conflict
For years we have offered kids just one defense against teasing: Ignore it. For generations, children have chanted the familiar phrase: "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." But the truth is words DO hurt. And children need stronger tools than a playground chant to help them cope with verbal conflict.
When Ada kicks Peyton, things seem straight forward. Break up the fight. Talk it out. Kicking a person isn't acceptable. But name-calling and other mean words seem especially hard to handle. When words get involved it all seems more complicated.
Words that hurt can certainly be harsh, but they're just like any conflict. Feelings are involved. Boundaries have been crossed. Ignore the particular insults for now and get to the root of the matter. What's going on here? You sound Mad. What is she doing that you don't want her to do? What are you worried about? What do you think will happen.
Instead of a chant, give kids practice with conflict mediation. And let them know they can enlist adult help if they need to." - Pg 299
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Parent Library Spotlight!

Verbal Conflict
For years we have offered kids just one defense against teasing: Ignore it.  For generations, children have chanted the familiar phrase: Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. But the truth is words DO hurt.  And children need stronger tools than a playground chant to help them cope with verbal conflict.
When Ada kicks Peyton, things seem straight forward. Break up the fight. Talk it out.  Kicking a person isnt acceptable.  But name-calling and other mean words seem especially hard to handle.  When words get involved it all seems more complicated.
Words that hurt can certainly be harsh, but theyre just like any conflict.  Feelings are involved. Boundaries have been crossed.  Ignore the particular insults for now and get to the root of the matter.  Whats going on here?  You sound Mad.  What is she doing that you dont want her to do?  What are you worried about?  What do you think will happen.
Instead of a chant, give kids practice with conflict mediation.  And let them know they can enlist adult help if they need to. - Pg 299

Monday’s feel like you’re spinning in circles sometimes! 🥴 ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Halloween 🎃 👻. Here are a few pics from last weeks spooky activities. ... See MoreSee Less

WACC World Series is underway! #baseball #Worldseries ... See MoreSee Less

Trusting play allows children to constantly asses, test, and expand their understanding and abilities. Stepping back and trusting this process can be extremely supportive! ... See MoreSee Less

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