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About Cait: Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, MA/CAGS is a school psychologist, mom to three amazing children, and an unexpected homeschooler. She loves nature, good books, board games, strong coffee, and dancing in her kitchen. You can read about all of these things and more at My Little Poppies. You can also find her hanging out with Kara at The Homeschool Sisters Podcast, contributing to the Huffington Post, and chatting about gameschooling in the My Little Poppies Gameschool Community.

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January 30, 2017
Alana Hackes

The Importance of Recess

STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

 

When I think back on my elementary school years, many of my memories are tied to the time I spent on the playground during recess. The playground is where I made my first friends in school while playing games together. As a kid, I spent much of my class time longing for recess and time to play. At my school, we had recess twice; once in the morning for 15 minutes and once in the afternoon for 30 minutes. If an ounce of that time was taken away from me, as a kid, I would’ve revolted.

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October 29, 2016
Sophie Miller

Fall Learning Series Part 6: Household Chemistry

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

As recently as the 17th century, there was a branch of science called alchemy, which resembled magic more than it did science.  The focus of alchemy was primarily on transformation, such as the many famous attempts to turn lead into gold.  Alchemists believed that these transformations would lead to immortality and the purification of the human soul, making alchemy a religious and spiritual study.  While the practice of alchemy is uncommon today, this branch of investigative reasoning has evolved into one of the most widely-explored scientific studies in the world: chemistry.

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October 15, 2016
Sophie Miller

Fall Learning Series Part 4: The Five Senses

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

Imagine that you’re baking your favorite dish.  As you’re putting the pan into the oven, you graze your arm against the edge – it’s burning hot!  Your body responds to the heat in seconds and you pull your arm away before the skin gets seriously burned.  You’re a little bummed that you hurt yourself – but it’s all worth it when your dish is done, and you smell that delicious smell coming from the oven.  Just be careful when you’re taking it out, and don’t burn your mouth!

Our fall learning series is designed to give you a chance to teach your children about something new and interesting. Each week our blog covers a new topic, and is filled with specially curated activities that let you get hands-on with each lesson. It’s a great way to spend time with family and learn all at once!

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October 03, 2016
Alana Hackes

Easing the Stress for First-Year Teachers

STEM Education / Play

“Is teaching really supposed to be this hard?” I asked Dr. Carlos; the professor I worked with as a teacher’s assistant. It was my first semester teaching a class with him and my fifth year of teaching altogether. It was nowhere near the halfway point of the semester and I already felt overwhelmed. I had dealt with difficult classes before, but something about this class made me reconsider teaching as an occupation altogether. I could see that Carlos was saying words when he answered, but my mind was somewhere else… spiraling into a hole of darkness created by the idea that I may not be cut out to be a teacher. My eyes began to water.

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August 22, 2016
Kacey Templin

Empathy in Education: Why Caring Teachers Matter

STEM Education / Play, STEAM

Just as children are preparing to go back to school, teachers are starting their in-service days, decorating their classrooms, and brushing up on the semester’s curriculum. For many teachers, their job is a labor of love, and not just a 40 hour working schedule.

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