Josie Michaels

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Josie Michaels is a mother, teacher, and writer. Visit her blog at Growingmindsproject.blogspot.com.

Bloom Where You Are Planted – Helping Children Adjust to Life in a New...

Shasvinth was a small boy for 2nd grade. He entered the classroom behind the smiling faces of his...

Traveling with Children – How Learning About Others Enriches Young Minds

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness" ~Mark Twain Children are naturally curious. They begin by exploring their bodies from...

7 Qualities of Successful Children

Back-to-School is here, there, and everywhere. Entire sections of stores previously designated for water toys and patio furniture have...

Midsummer Doldrums

I walked into Walgreen's yesterday to buy another tube of Jergen's Natural Glow moisturizer to add another layer of...

Children and Lies

Some of my math manipulatives had mysteriously gone missing. A plastic deli container full of buttons was reduced to a fraction of the...

Surviving the Final Days of School

The final days of school is right around the corner. The days are warmer, longer, and kids are bursting to be outside.  Ever since...

Everyday Math

As a second grade teacher, one of the most frequent questions I'm asked by parents is "What are some things we...

Tattling or Telling? How to Develop Positive Peer Relationships in Young Children

"Jaylen stuck his tongue out at me!”, “Amanda said she’s not my friend!”,  "Ben took my truck and he...

Terrific Tips for Better Test Scores

Test on Friday. These words strike fear in most students from first graders to college seniors. They worry that they'll...

How to be an Effective Parent Volunteer

In our time-crunched society, it can be a struggle to stay active in your child's school.  Many of us...