June 7, 2016

            I think kindergarten teachers everywhere missed an opportunity to toot our own horns when social media started using emojis.  After all, haven’t we been using smiling faces on papers, letters, and notes forever?  A small symbol can have a big impact, and th...

May 27, 2016


            One of the consequences of the pushed down curriculum is that some students are not developmentally ready to master the material.  These children are not “stupid” or “ignorant,” but just need a little more time to grow.  You all have children in your class...

May 14, 2016

        This past weekend I served at a soup kitchen where our church cooks and serves a meal for people who could use some good food.  This time the kitchen crew was comprised of people who were new to their jobs and among them was a woman who was over 90.  She worked...

April 23, 2016

There are certain things about children that are written in my heart.  I like to think of them as what I believe about people, families, and the children I teach.  I believe you have words in your heart that guide you, too, in the everyday business of working with and...

April 12, 2016



            You cannot escape the political campaigns if you turn on TV to a news broadcast, read the paper, or check out the news of the day on Google, Yahoo, etc.  We have been hearing about politics and promises throughout this long process we have for determining...

April 4, 2016













           My daughter took her children to an Easter egg hunt last weekend.  It was a huge event where they put out thousands of eggs and there were hundreds of kids in attendance.  She was appall...

March 26, 2016

       Oh, how we need a vacation at this time of year!    The trick is to have a good time with families and friends, yet have time for a little rest for yourself.  I don’t know about you, but it seems that I cringe every time I hear the words “Me Time.”  It makes us...

March 20, 2016

One of the delights of moving to New Jersey has been the elusive small frogs that croak their song of love each spring.  The first time I heard the spring peepers in the early evening over 20 years ago, I had no idea what it was.  Someone explained it to me in a matter...

March 12, 2016


            I attended the workshop, Bluebirds in the Classroom, at Duke Farms this past weekend, and I was struck by the passion the presenters at Dukes had for the environment.  Their mission is to be a model of environmental stewardship and to educate the pub...

February 28, 2016

(Picture is Jeff Williamson's workshop: Strumming, Drumming and Ringing)


It is hard to believe that spring is almost here and the hustle and bustle of the end of the school year is rapidly approaching.  Things are winding down for the workshops offered at NJAKE.  Ther...

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