Creating Empowered Kids

Snakes and Ladders

Snakes & Ladders

March 20th, 2020

Snakes & Ladders is an international board game that has been modified to Shoots & Ladders in the USA. The goal of the game is to have players navigate from start to finish (1 to 100 on this game). Players find shortcuts based on landing on a ladder base which transports the child upward, or
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Protecting Childhood Independence

Protecting Childhood Independence

March 16th, 2020

Giving our children the liberty to build strong socialization skills for life. Our number one concern as parents is our children’s safety. At school we fear things like kidnapping, and bullying, and our children’s social safety of not making friends. When I think of these concerns regarding my children, several items come to mind that
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In Focus: Conflict Resolution Circles (CRC)

March 12th, 2020

I often say that in business, the person who can tactfully manage through conflict is one of the most valuable people on the team. How do we naturally develop these skills on the playground? It is through positively managing through the conflict with a kind heart. An excellent educational tool are CRC’s. These development circles
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Why We Play?

March 4th, 2020

I love to play, and somehow I find that when I play, I get better in almost every facet of my life. It’s interesting, management of conflict and learning becomes easier for all of us when we have playtime. So, we all know that we are better when we are with friends, outdoors, and/or playing.
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Making Parents the One Percent

February 26th, 2020

Parents care more about their children at school than we realize Often we hear about the demise of the family and our lack of focus on our children. It’s ironic that we are facing many difficult issues at our elementary schools, and yet, there is hope that we have the right priorities. Parents care, teachers
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EduMarking USA World Map

Playing & Learning on Maps

March 21st, 2017

In a world where two-year-olds know how to log into their parents’ Smartphones and can access the digital gaming apps they like, should we continue to teach children some of the more basic skills like reading maps? Some might argue they’ll always have a GPS device on their Smartphone, but what about the many other
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EduMarking USA Hopscotch Board

The Benefits of Playing Hopscotch

March 21st, 2017

The first recordings of hopscotch date all the way back to the 17th century, and yet it continues to be one of the most popular playground games of all time. Of course, there have been different versions of this game recorded throughout history, but in the grand scheme of things, it was and still is
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