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NCFL Mar 13, 2019

Mar 13, 2019

Expand your knowledge and network at #NCFL19

Registration is now open for the 2019 Families Learning Conference, held in Louisville, Kentucky, November 4-6! The Families Learning Conference aims to equip educators, program staff, librarians, parent leaders, and others with best practices, ...

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Laura McShane Mar 9, 2019

Mar 9, 2019

OpenCon 2019

I am sharing my notes for the OpenCon2109 held on March 7-8, 2019 at Cleveland State University. I was not able to attend the entire conference this year, but the CSU team will make the entire program accessible - and FREE to all. For me, it is ...

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Kristie Ennis Feb 26, 2019

Feb 26, 2019

Sparking Wonder in Adulthood

As we grow older, our sense of wonder tends to move to the back burner. Adulting is hard, y'all! That doesn't mean wonder disappears; it just means that we have to consciously work to give ourselves space and time to spark that wonder. From wonder ...

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Carol Varsalona Feb 20, 2019

Feb 20, 2019

The Potent Winter Cold

It's that time of year again when the winter cold spreads from one to another. Yes, it happens every January in my house but this year it did not manifest itself until the very last day of the month and has now lingered into February. I thought I ...

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Laura McShane Feb 15, 2019

Feb 15, 2019

Picturing America

I first became aware of the National Center for Families Learning and Wonderopolis as part of a suite of FREE Open Educational Resources - searchable through the Verizon Thinkfinity platform. Also included in this suite of resources was the ...

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Christie Wyman Feb 8, 2019

Feb 8, 2019

Rainbow, a Wonderopolis-enhanced poem

On Tuesday morning, the most magnificent rainbow appeared in the sky just as families in cars and buses filled with excited children were making their way to school. Cars pulled over, parents and staff snapped pictures as children squealed with joy. ...

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NCFL Feb 1, 2019

Feb 1, 2019

Call for Proposals now open for 2019 Families Learning Conference

Planning is underway for the 2019 Families Learning Conference, held Monday, November 4 to Wednesday, November 6! This year’s Conference will bring an extra dose of excitement for attendees as the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) will ...

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Laura McShane Jan 31, 2019

Jan 31, 2019

Frozen

"Look out! We're about to begin!" The story of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen starts out with a warning. How do we look at our world? Is it cold and foreboding? It can be a real struggle to get out and explore the beauty of the ...

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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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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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