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Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble

William Shakespeare

The unreasonable popularity of scary

Every year around Halloween, I take my kids to a Halloween store to pick a costume. Every time I find myself surrounded by skeletons, scary masks, vampire costumes, fake blood, grave stones, evil laughs, screeching doors  and other scary sound effects, I shake my head in disbelief and wonder why we like this “stuff”. I […]

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Elements of bullying

  There are three core elements in bullying behavior and they are important to understand: intentional hurtful action repeated over time involving imbalance of power The first two took care of any questions I had about how to identify bullying. If  a child intentionally tries to hurt another child’s feelings and does that often, it’s […]

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Learning about bullying

  October is the national anti-bullying month. Bullying is “dead” serious and it requires our full attention throughout the year. Certainly, one month of worrying about it will not do any good. But we can take this opportunity to do the most basic step in our efforts to stop bullying. Be informed. Here at Choosito! […]

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Question & inquiry

  I like the first definition of “question” given by Merriam-Webster : “an interrogative expression often used to test knowledge”. I like it because it describes well the most frequent use of questions in the classroom. At least when I was a student.  I also like the first definition of “inquiry” by Merriam-Webster:  “examination into […]

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Studying trees in Fall: A visit to the Morris Arboretum

Trees are critical to our existence and Fall is the perfect time of the year to study them. Great time to go out, look at the leaves and the trunks and identify the trees by name. Observe the difference between deciduous (falling) and conifer (evergreen) trees. Or simply enjoy the beauty of them. We live […]

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Ready for a great year

It is this time of the year when schools are in session and everybody is working on setting up a working routine for the year. Getting everybody back to school schedule can be a challenge but we know you’re on top of it already. Shopping for school supplies is always fun and a good way […]

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