Haff & Hawf Highights

Moving to Remote Learning?

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"But How Will I Learn From Home?"  Those exact words came out of my first graders mouth the first few weeks of his first grade year.  He has been able to learn in school 5 days a week since the end of September, with just one remote day in November.  However, as we see an uptick in cases in the area, and the country, the transition to remote learning can happen at any moment. I wrote this book in September, after launching a successful Kickstarter campaign to print and distribute my first book, But How Will I Say Hello?  While...

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But How Will We Say Goodbye?

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For many of us, saying goodbye to our children on the first day of school is going to be really difficult this school year. It’s difficult for many under “usual circumstances” but this year, I find myself questioning every decision I make... and then questioning it again. Yes, I’ve been in my house, with my two children for literally 170 days straight. I've counted. But the thought of sending one off to school now is hard, probably for that very reason. Over the past 170 days we have: Laughed Cried Danced Painted Worried Facetimed Sang Read Baked Stomped off angrily Practiced...

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But How Will I Say Hello? Successfully Funded Kickstarter Campaign

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Hello!  Thanks for stopping by.  As an educator working with early childhood, elementary children and children with disabilities for over 18 years, coupled with my desire to help explain some of the uncertainty of what school may look like for my own children this school year, I decided to channel the nerves that were keeping me up at night in a positive way.  It has been my dream to write a children’s book.  This one flowed fairly organically for me as I thought about the smiling faces I would typically greet at the door with a smile, handshake, high five...

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Back to School Tips - Regardless of if the School Year Starts Online, In Person, or Hybrid

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As families and children prepare for back to school, whether online, in person, or a combination of the two, one thing that is always encouraged around this time of year, by many educators, is a gradual return to routines. Children thrive on structure. Children thrive on predictability. Many children are too young to make their own decisions—they fair much better when those decisions are made clearly for them.    This back to school season, predictablity has been thrown out the window.  Guidelines and guidance is ever changing and many parents are feeling the stress.  Each family will make a decision about learning that...

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