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Curriculum Spotlight – Marina Hydeman 

Greetings from the curriculum department! This week I (Ryan Kochevar) sat down with Marina Hydeman to talk all things curriculum.   RK: Marina is our nature and science programs writer for our EDMO and PRO curriculum, that’s for campers in 1st through 8th grades. She’s here with me today to answer some questions I have.  MH: Looking forward to it!   RK: So, first question, how long have you …

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Recognizing Character

Today is Character Day, a global initiative where a myriad of schools, organizations and families view films and printed materials and have the opportunity to join an online conversation about the importance of building character. Character Day is the brainchild of Tiffany Shlain, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards. Her website, Let it Ripple, as the site states …

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Makers: What’s Behind All The Hype?

There’s a lot of making out there today: messy, sticky, smudgy, artistic, electronic or robotic. Every city has a Maker Faire, Make magazine is in the checkout line at the grocery store, and schools around the U.S. are asking parents to help supply their new Makerspaces. Are you wondering what’s all the hype? When did art class jump the shark …

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Tools for Teaching Mindfulness

Mindfulness seems like a simple enough concept. But it isn’t something that many parents have mastered, certainly not me. So if I’m not already practicing mindfulness myself, how can I possibly teach it to my kids? There are lots of tools and articles out there that claim to help, but which ones really work? A Google search on “how to …

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Being Mindful

Mindfulness is focusing on the present, being aware of what is going on inside of ourselves, observing what is going on outside of ourselves, and doing our best not to react emotionally or with judgment – either to our own thoughts and actions or those of others. This idea of being present physically and mentally seems simple enough, but it …

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Encouraging Connectedness

Feeling connected to a social group and to nature is good for us, science says. It increases our individual emotional and physical health, and also the well being of planet Earth and our species as a whole. There is even evidence that “the roots of lifelong happiness…stretch back into childhood,” where social connectedness has been found to play a more …

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