Kindness Journal

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As a teacher, I am responsible to teach children a jam-packed day full of academic curriculum. But, I also guide them in growing their hearts too. I want to share one tool I made and used last year with my 2nd graders called a “Kindness Journal” or “Bucket Book” (for those of you who “fill buckets”). After […]



My tween has been thinking a lot (too much) about her life purpose…as in her LIFE purpose. That makes me really evaluate where I am in my mid-life purpose (read “crisis”). My first reaction is to tell her to stop thinking about it and go play. Then I take a deep breath and see the […]

Teaching Our Kids to Share the Love

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As any proud cheeseball,  I live for love. While we cherish guiding our children to learn about everything from volcanoes to poetry, nothing is more important to us than teaching our children how to love others. Unconditionally. Without boundaries or rules or prejudices. Whole-hearted. Love. John and I are often talk about how to teach […]

Family Love You Box


It’s Love Box time! For the record, ANY time of the year can be love box time. Everyone likes to hear why they are loved and appreciated, right?  And philosophically, everyday should be Valentine’s Day…so we’re stretching out the reason for the season for 2 weeks at our house. We’re setting up a “love box” right […]

A Family Attitude of Gratitude: Shared Writing


Writing with your kids is an authentic way to teach them many concepts of  reading and writing. I have a “shared writing” spot in our playroom and you’ll see this in most early childhood classrooms. I now use a giant notebook from a teacher store, but you could use a whiteboard, or easel chalkboard/whiteboard, a […]

A Dozen Ways to Love Others: An Easter Egg Activity


  Faith, hope, and love; But the greatest of these is love…. As part of celebrating Easter this year we asked the kids over dinner, what does it look like to love others?  Love our family. Love our friends. Love each other. Love teachers. Love classmates. Love our school. Love church friends. Love our coaches. […]