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April Brown

April Brown

April Brown (M.Ed) is a trauma-informed specialist, writer, curriculum developer and instructional coach based in Putney, Vermont, with her family. She has a decade of teaching and educational leadership experience in both mainstream public education and alternative education in the United States and internationally. She’s passionate about exploring how to disrupt structures that perpetuate systems of oppression and address unbalanced power dynamics at home and school so learning is empowering for all children. She’s an advocate for kids. Learn more at her website, Parenting With Heart.

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Three Outdoor Activities for Kids to Practice Sorting and Creating Sets with Nature

Things from nature like pinecones, sticks, leaves, flowers, rocks, shells and acorns are just waiting to be used to develop kids' math skills. Here are three simple ways you can use them to tap into your child’s mathematical thinking outdoors.
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Four Easy Ways to Recycle Household Materials and Play with Math

Did you ever think you could help your child practice graphing, counting, sorting, identifying shapes and making patterns with old boxes and bottle tops? It's easier than you think!
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Three Autistic Disability Rights Activists to Amplify in Your Classroom

This Autism Acceptance Month, let's reflect on how to include disabled voices and perspectives in what we teach. Meet three people that can help you get started.
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Three Revolutionary Black Women to Celebrate This International Women’s Day

Today and every day, we must amplify the voices of the revolutionary Black women that have paved the way for us. Here are some tips to support you in teaching your child about these change-makers.
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Math is All Around Us: Simple, Everyday Games to Practice Creating Sets and Sorting with Kids

Here are three simple ways to tap into your child’s curiosity, turn daily tasks into playful games and begin to show your child that math is everywhere and it helps us in so many ways throughout the day!
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3 Easy Activities to Help Kids Feel the Love for Math on Valentine's Day

This Valentine’s Day, foster heart-centered connections as you partake in these hands-on activities that increase mathematics development — and a little bit of literacy, too!
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Lessons from Mister Rogers: How Kind Caregivers Can Help Kids Become Caring Adults

Treat the little ones in your care with kindness, as Mister Rogers did, and it’s bound to show when they become caring and kind grown-ups.
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Why We Need Trauma-Informed Parenting More Than Ever

You can identify what causes trauma in little ones — and yourself — and choose to focus on centering love, connection, healing and liberation instead.

Inquiry Projects: Start with a Child’s Question and Let Curiosity Lead the Way

Anyone who has spent even just a few hours with a young child has seen the impact of curiosity in action. Inquiry-based learning starts with a question and empowers children to have agency in their learning.

Let Them Play! Foster Curiosity in Young Students with Loose Parts

Playing can help kids become engaged learners, and you don’t even need toys! With the right prompts, loose parts (like boxes, bottle caps, strings and more) can create endless opportunities for fun improving learning through play. Read on to learn why.
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