Taking Risks Pays Off in Both Parenting and Teaching

     I am sharing the two pictures above because both show big risks I have recently taken  in my parenting. Both times, taking this risk, although nerve wracking,  brought

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You Can’t Force Learning: But You Can Watch and Listen Carefully and Learning Will Unfold

Greetings! Ariana has learned how to sleep in her crib for 12 straight hours!!!!  She is so very proud of herself and I am enjoying the sleep!!! I want to

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Get Excited About The Small Stuff

I’m always imagining all the ‘big stuff’ of Ariana’s life. I can’t wait for her to start talking, walking, singing, –I was so excited for her first smile!  As you

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Three Things to Say To Children Everyday

My friends and colleagues at Parenting Smarts, Ellen Dillon and Norman Stiles,  Parenting Smarts Productions recently posted a wonderful article by Mojo Lisa A. McCrohan that was about the three things

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Read Aloud is Magical at Any Age

Just a quick post today!  Since being home with Ariana, I have been reminded of the importance of both Read Aloud and oral language. Throughout the day, two of Ariana’s

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Teaching and Parenting Through the Eyes of a Child

Marie Clay, one of my reading heroes, once said that in order to teach effectively you have to look at and reflect upon every teaching/learning encounter  not through your own

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Think Positively

I’ve never been a person to put much stock in inspirational quotes. As a matter of fact, I have always secretly poked fun at people who put quotes up around

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My Baby Nurse Likes Onsies but Doesn’t like Pants: Keeping the Big Picture in Mind

On Friday, December 28th I came home from the hospital with my sweet girl Ariana. I had a huge entourage with me:  My brother, Josh, my sister in law,Anne,  my

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Listening is Key!

Yes, there is my dear Ariana on her tummy!!!!! I must point out that in both picture  she is wearing very cute outfits…so far takes after her mother…loves to dress

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Staff Development: Coaching versus Demonstration

Welcome Ariana Cate Mermelstein!!!!! First, I want to let all of my friends and colleagues know that my daughter Ariana Cate Mermelstein was born on December 25th, 2012 at 4:15. 

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