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New Ideas on Teaching Gratitude

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr In the month of December, when my children are constantly re-creating new Christmas lists, begging for gifts, asking for more candy, more treats, and just more, more, more, I’m reminded; I need to teach my children gratitude. My kids certainly do not have enough gratitude. And, neither do I.  Every […]

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Holiday Gifts that Support Creative Play

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr Tis the season for shopping and deciding what you want to give your kids this year. Check out our holiday gift list and consider buying some toys and gifts that support creative play! These gift ideas support children’s free play, imagination and creations. Also, check out the resources […]

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Family Literacy Night

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr This week, I have been helping our local elementary school design a Family Literacy Night. In doing so, I  have been convicted; beyond reading to my little ones at night, we haven’t done much family literacy  lately. I, therefore, became inspired to create our own Family Literacy […]

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Talking to your Children about The Election

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr The elections are tomorrow and there is nearly no doubt that our children have been exposed to the media, conversations, and anxiety of the political season. If you haven’t talked to your children about the election yet, it’s not too late. I’m planning to talk to […]

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Lessons from Sesame Street on Empathy

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr Last week, NPR discussed Sesame Street Workshop’s new survey results on kindness and kids. What Sesame Street found was that parents and teachers are worried that their children are growing up in an unkind world. They also found that people define kindness differently. Words used to describe kindness […]

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Siblings Series (Part 3): Fair vs. Equal

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr We have heard it over and over from our children…”It’s not fair.”  To stop and consider how we respond to this phrase is crucial. What is fair? Dictionary.com defines it as “in accordance with the rules or standards; legitimate. “the group has achieved fair and equal representation for all […]

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Denver Open Houses (UPDATED)

Written by Jen Rigsby Open House events are a great time for families to walk into a school to meet the administration, see the grounds and facilities, learn about the mission and values of the school, and see if its the right fit for your family. Schools use these events to share their school with […]

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PIN Event: Presentation by Laura Barr

PIN, Parent Information Network, with Cherry Creek School District is hosting PIN Presentations. Join PIN on Tuesday, November 1st to be inspired by Laura Barr as she engages, through story, what she has learned from raising and serving children with learning differences.  This talk is designed to be motivational while also providing tips and tricks […]

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5280’s School Fair in Denver, CO

Join the whole e.Merging team this Saturday, October 8th from 10 a.m.-noon, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the 2016 School Fair. Learn more about Denver private, public, and charter schools by meeting admissions directors and gaining key information regarding some of the different school options. There are so many choices and it can feel overwhelming. […]

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Common Assessments: What they Are and What we Use

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Ous Badwan. Dr. Badwan provides clinical and assessment services tailored to the young child population through his practice at Birch Psychology. Learn more about Ous and Birch Psychology here.    All assessments provide information about a child. They are valuable as we determine what each child needs. Below, you will […]

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