Author: Mary Ostrowski

The Power of the Read Aloud

Books, Building Comprehension & Confidence Reading aloud to your child on a daily basis is one of the most powerful tools you can use for building critical thinking, cognitive skills and confidence. That will likely strike you as either a bold statement, or way too simplistic. Regardless, the amount of research supporting this claim is vast. […]

The Art of Giving Thanks

Holiday Spirit Every year the advertisements for the Christmas holidays start earlier and earlier (Halloween?!). Holy Hannah, it can be hard to stay in the true spirit of the season with all of this STUFF swirling around everywhere we look. We usually do, though, because the magic in the air is a subtle prompt constantly […]

Stop and Smell the Roses

The Journey It’s about that time of year — the time when progress reports are sent home. Looking through a child’s grades can cause one’s chest to puff with pride or collapse with worry. Grades are important, for sure. They offer a sort of universal benchmark that allows us to gauge a child’s readiness for […]

Cultivating JOY

Happiness vs Joy If you know me, you know I love learning about the brain, particularly the psychology behind what drives our behavior and the choices we make. Not surprising then, I thoroughly enjoyed researcher Brene Brown’s recent blog post about the role of love versus lovelessness in modern culture, and the impact both are […]

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