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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 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.

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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.

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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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Talking to Kids About Thanksgiving: Center Truth, Connection and Being Grateful

This year, shift your approach to Thanksgiving in the classroom by focusing on seeking truth, fostering deep connections with people and place and centering Indigenous voices and knowledge.
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Talking with Young Kids About Elections, Democracy and Justice for All

During election season and beyond, it’s critical to support children as they make sense of what it means to live in a democracy, be members of a community and use their voices for good.
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How to Honor Indigenous Peoples with Your Kids, Today and Every Day

Teaching children about Indigenous heroes, artists, writers and musicians and to make connections to the land they live on and present-day Native nations should happen year-round. Here's how to get started.
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