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A Beginner's Guide to the Craft of Needle Felting

When I was still teaching, our grade-level team celebrated birthdays. For my birthday, I received the most adorable gift from a colleague. It was a needle felted wool painting, and it was the first time I'd ever seen or heard of this amazingly simple, yet pretty craft. I was fascinated and learned everything I could about wool and felting and after many, many years, I'm still fascinated. I'm hooked on this craft and probably will be forever. 

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All About Bats: The Best Bat Guide For Kids & Their Grownups

As a biologist, who had some of her first field experiences with bats in Central Texas, they are absolutely one of my favorites. They are also a perfect animal of which to immerse into every aspect of learning for children. 

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How to Choose High-Quality Picture Books for Children and Why It Matters, Part Two

Where We Left Off In part one of this series, I discussed some important feautures to look for when choosing high-quality picture books during certain periods of an infant, toddler and preschooler's development. Today, I'd like to continue with Interactive Books, Repetition Reading, the Great Leap in Imagination for Preschoolers, and how books can encourage and help with difficult emotions, empathy, connections to nature and more. We will round out today's post with the development of the sense of humor in preschoolers and how high-quality picture books can even encourage this along, as well. Then look out for part three in the future! Sign up to be notified when it posts. Interactive Books are Engaging for Children Who doesn’t remember those...

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How to Choose High-Quality Picture Books for Children and Why it Matters, Part One

How do you choose books for young children? Do you go with what’s popular? Do you choose only the newest books and ignore the old? Or perhaps, you choose only classics? Do you trust your instincts? Or do you know how to choose a high-quality book regardless of if it’s stacked by the hundreds on a display table or never sees a display table at all!

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