The Gift of a Child

By Kaileigh Reed As we gathered around the lunch table, I noticed something take place regularly. The teachers would notion Cameran to pour herself milk. She looked up with her blank stare and tears in her eyes, repeating, “I need my mom.” In some moments, tears were her only response. As the children around Cameran [...]

A Safe Place To Struggle

By Sara Zacuto

"Social relations are rewarding, but rarely easy. Young kids are making their first forays into friendship and just beginning to figure this out. Instead of forcing friendships, adults need to guide all kids in gaining better social skills."

~Heather Shumaker

Book Review: The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

by Sara Zacuto

"Empathy has no script. There is no right or wrong way to do it. It's simply listening, holding space, withholding judgement, emotionally connecting and communicating that incredibly healing message of "you're not alone."

~Brené Brown

Build It Up, Knock It Down

by Sara Zacuto

"Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportuity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along."

~ Rae Smith

Love Letter to the Drifting Child

By Sara Zacuto

"Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen."
~Brene Brown

The Kindness of Children

Guest post by Kelsie Castro

“Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.”
- Paramahansa Yoganandya

I’m Here, I Want to Listen…

Written by: Sara Zacuto

“People have said, ‘Don’t cry’ to other people for years and years, and all it has ever meant is, ‘I’m too uncomfortable when you show your feelings. Don’t cry.’ I’d rather have them say, ‘Go ahead and cry. I’m here to be with you.”
― Mr. Rogers

What Does It Mean To Be A Friend?

I'll be perfectly clear and say that I have no intention of answering this question...I don't think there is a definitive answer. It is a question we ponder with children often in our school. One way that children ask each other to play is by using the language "wanna be my friend?" But what do [...]

Creating a Culture of Consent with Young Children

I want to carefully tiptoe up to this subject for several reasons, one being that it can be a triggering topic for adults. It can bring up a myriad of complicated or possibly painful memories and feelings, and raise what might feel like unanswerable questions. Adults can also misconstrue the meaning as sexual in nature, [...]