Carol Varsalona Jan 12, 2019

Jan 12, 2019

National Milk Day

White, fluffy snow came down in buckets when I was little. The entire backyard was covered in drifts that prevented the local milk truck from delivering the milk but that did not prevent me from running for the back door of the house on snow days. ...

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Laura McShane Jan 8, 2019

Jan 8, 2019

Soup is LOVE

Winter is always a tough time of year as hardship brings out the need for family and community support. It can also be a depressing time of year for many without a support network. In Cleveland, Ohio, there are a lot of cultural differences, but ...

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Christie Wyman Dec 26, 2018

Dec 26, 2018

Be a snowflake scientist!

Snowflakes are here one minute, and gone the next. You've got to move fast to explore these true wonders of nature! Here are a few helpful hints to get you started. Use dark material or paper to catch falling snowflakes on. A magnifying glass will ...

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Kristie Ennis Dec 18, 2018

Dec 18, 2018

Sustaining Wonder into 2019

Always looking for ways to incorporate wonder into my professional and personal improvement, I recently found a workshop offering called "Sustaining Wonder: The Art of Narrative." In this Hugo House class, Carolyne Wright plans to share techniques ...

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Carol Varsalona Dec 15, 2018

Dec 15, 2018

Holiday Haiku

It's that magical time of the year when the night sky sits in stillness, the neighborhood quiets down, and wait for the sounds of jingle bells and ho ho ho! Lit Christmas trees sparkle; outdoor lights twinkle; children wait for Santa Claus and his ...

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Laura McShane Nov 21, 2018

Nov 21, 2018

Mother of Invention

The proverb goes: "Necessity is the mother of invention." Here's our plan to keep kids' little hands busy over the long holiday breaks: Our wreath workshop elves will cut out leaves from the hundreds of paper bags we have stockpiled from an after ...

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Christie Wyman Oct 30, 2018

Oct 30, 2018

Biomimicry STEM Challenge

Looking for a fun STEM challenge with a twist for your class or school community? Look no further than biomimicry! What's biomimicry? It's solutions to everyday problems that are inspired by the wonders of nature. Curious? Check out Wonderopolis ...

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Kristie Ennis Oct 15, 2018

Oct 15, 2018

Using Questions to Invite Wonder & Empathy into School

“This book is for teachers who want something better for their students and who believe in each child’s capacity for deep and creative thinking” (3). Having waited for Think Like Socrates for over a month, I am thrilled to review it for The ...

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Amy Rudd Oct 14, 2018

Oct 14, 2018

Using Wonderopolis to Inspire Poetry Writing

A few years ago, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater at the Poem Farm inspired me to write poems about the Wonder of the Day from Wonderopolis. She called it, "Wallow in Wonder". During National Poetry Month, I am always inspired to write a poem or two but ...

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Carol Varsalona Oct 11, 2018

Oct 11, 2018

What's The Art of Summering?

My concept of summering started many years ago as a young girl. I grew to love the summer season that always allowed me to relax, reflect, and re-energize. Back then during the long days of summer, neighborhood children played stone teacher on ...

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Laura McShane Oct 11, 2018

Oct 11, 2018

Strong Girls Change the World

Now that I am older, I am less afraid to speak my mind, and I do. I have been threatened and told to shut up for stating my opinions, but I realize I am still lucky to live with the protection of free speech in America. Author Aisha Saeed's new ...

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Laura McShane Oct 6, 2018

Oct 6, 2018

Blind spots

This past week, a mom asked me to help her second grader, reading at a fifth grade level, to find chapter books suitable for her daughter to read. Mom and daughter were both born in China. This mom, like a lot of moms, picks out the books for her ...

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Carol Varsalona Oct 1, 2018

Oct 1, 2018

Summer Wonder Poetry

Have you ever experienced the feeling of sparks flying in your brain? I have. Today, I am in the creative zone, am energized, and eager to notice, wonder, and write but I am faced with a dilemma. Tonight, #WonderChat is discussing the topic, ...

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Laura McShane Sep 17, 2018

Sep 17, 2018

One World Day

Cleveland, Ohio is fortunate to have rich tapestry of cultures from all over the world and to have a park which celebrates this beautiful diversity. The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are a major part of the city’s 254-acre Rockefeller Park. The ...

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Laura McShane Sep 5, 2018

Sep 5, 2018

Wonder is everywhere!

Wonderopolis strives to instill wonder in every child, every day, in every classroom, but don't forget to take your wonder outside the classroom, too! Libraries foster discovery and the wonder of exploration. You have questions - libraries help ...

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Laura McShane Aug 15, 2018

Aug 15, 2018

Train Adventures

Always bring a book along for the ride. Today I ran into this middle school teacher and his daughter on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Little Suzy was getting fussy, so dad started reading and immediately his daughter became attentive to his ...

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