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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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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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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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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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Carol Varsalona Aug 9, 2018

Aug 9, 2018

"Summering"

Each summer day and evening brings a surprise, a gift from nature, if we just pause to look. On Long Island, New York where I live, "There's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many ...

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Carol Varsalona Aug 4, 2018

Aug 4, 2018

National Watermelon Day

"Nothing quite says “summer" like a big slice of watermelon on a hot day." (Wonderopolis, Wonder of the Day #330) Today is National Watermelon Day and Twitter is trending the news. After watching the video on watermelon art at Wonder of the Day ...

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Laura McShane Jul 25, 2018

Jul 25, 2018

Around the World Dance Party

Today we celebrated our summer reading club progress with a dance party led by Valerie Salstrom of Get Hep Swing. She brought some of her seasoned students and we explored dance traditions from Mozambique, the Czech Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico and ...

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Carol Varsalona Jul 18, 2018

Jul 18, 2018

Double Ouch!

"Bee stings can hurt a lot and turn an otherwise nice summer day into a day you won't soon forget for all the wrong reasons!" -Wonderopolis Wonder of the Day #778 Looking back on my startling incident with two bees recently, I can say that the ...

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Kristie Ennis May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

Wonder Abounds in Springtime

This weekend, I had the opportunity to spend some time at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. It was an overcast, but warm day and the springtime blooms did not disappoint. There is never a shortage of wonder in this beautiful place, whose ...

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