When Our Feelings Are Like Gasoline

By Kelsie Castro Emotions and the way our body feels when we are experiencing them, has been a big topic of discussion in both our classrooms this past year. With the younger children, just understanding their feelings and learning to acknowledge them is vital to creating that early foundation of emotional literacy. Through that foundation [...]

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

It’s Not Goodbye After All

By Sara Zacuto

"I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive."

~Joseph Campbell

Finding Comfort In Conflict

By Kelsie Castro

“Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.”

-Brene Brown

Dear Sara…

"“Trust children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we couldn't be trusted."

~John Holt

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

Dear Sara…

"When we teach our children to "be nice" instead of self-aware – which means, self-directed, self-governed, self-boundaried – we teach them that it is more important to be in a relationship, than it is to be true to oneself."

~Shefali Tsabary

Dear Sara…

"An important element of respectful discipline is that it requires us to find that sense of certainty in ourselves as loving leaders for our children."

~Janet Lansbury

We Need To Talk About Our Boys

by Sara Zacuto

"Perhaps if tearful little boys were comforted instead of shamed, there wouldn't be so many angry men struggling to express and empathize with emotions."

~Leila Schott

Dear Sara…

A thoughtful parent sent me an email the other day posing a question about her twin boys (5). She made the brilliant suggestion to start a "Dear Sara" column where I can address these kind of concerns in a larger forum and offer my advice. I love this idea and asked her if I could [...]