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Small For Their Age: Redshirting Your Child

Randy Newman’s hit song “Short People” was recorded in 1977. Many of his songs are told from the view of an unreliable narrator, but one verse sticks out with an undeniable truth: Short people are just the same as you and I All men are brothers until the day they die (It’s a wonderful world) We won’t get into the …

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Preschool With ADD/ADHD: A Good Idea?

So, can your child successfully navigate preschool with ADD/ADHD? At Oak Village Academy there is only one response to that question:  Yes… Sí… Oui… Ja… Da… Sim… Ken… Hai… Gee… Haa’n… Oo… Shi… Baleh… Na’am… Also “yes” in any other language of the world. In fact, some experts agree that the earlier children with ADD/ADHD are introduced to a school-like …

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Explaining Healthy Eating To Your Kids

Getting kids to eat a proper (and entire) meal can oftentimes be challenging. Toddlers are easily distracted. Some throw their food on the floor… Others may reject food all together, or insist on only eating plain pasta with grated cheese on top and perhaps a little diced ham on the side. Preschoolers can be even more difficult as they begin …

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Need To Pack A Snack? Try These

At 8:29 every morning students at Oak Village Academy are engaged in free choice time or outdoor activities… And a minute later one of our teachers announces that it’s “snack time.” The students hear those words, and excitement immediately spreads across everyone’s faces. Well, almost everyone… There are still three students on tricycles racing each other around the patio, one …

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Lunch Strategies For Picky Eaters

We have the perfect eating solution for picky eaters. Wait for it… Wait for it… Almost there… Just repeat after us: “There’s no place like home… There’s no place like home.” Then click your heels three times, and remember that lunchtime at daycare or preschool is probably NOT the best time to get picky eaters to try something new. The …

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Experiment With New Foods At Home, Then Pack Them For Lunch

Lunchtime is an exciting part of every day at Oak Village Academy. Students open their lunch boxes with a chorus of “ooh!” “yes!” and “my favorite!” Soon they are devouring all the yummy goodness packed by loved ones the night before—or in the early rush of the morning. Maybe a brownie, baklava, crisp apple or other surprise is tucked within. …

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Any Kid Can Go Vegan (Or Vegetarian)—For Lunch

Some people think vegan and vegetarian are the same. So before we get into the merits of packing a vegan lunch for your child… let’s start with some definitions. #LessonsFirst. This way, we can all be on the same page. And at the next cookout when the chef places cheese slices atop the plant-based patties on the grill, we won’t …

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Self-Expression: Express Yourself

Think about it. What would you create if you were given the opportunity to paint on a blank canvas? Would you choose one color or multiple colors? Would you carefully paint in certain areas not allowing the paint colors to touch or would you mix them together? Children love to create. Painting is one way that they express themselves freely. …

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Inspiration

Inspiration. This word is used in a lot of ways. I am asked a lot about what inspired me to become an educator. I am asked about what type of curriculum inspired my teaching style. I am asked about behavior management techniques and what inspired my positive reinforcement philosophy. Inspiration. Who knew that one word could create so many questions? …

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Rocks, Dirt and Space

Everybody has their own path in life. Whether you walk in high heels, tennis shoes, sandals or boots, your path will take you to where you are supposed to go. This picture says it all for me. Boots in the dirt. What path am I headed down? Let me tell you all about it. It has always been a dream …