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{Guiding Word} Courage

The concept of a guiding word was first introduced to me by Amy of Mama Scout. It resonated with me. The first guiding word I ever selected was compassion, which I've realized it is my guiding word for life. Right now, my guiding word is (drum roll, please): 

       COURAGE
Recently, I realized that so many of the best things in my life came when I stepped out of my comfort zone and took a leap of faith, attempting something I wasn't quite sure that I could do. So, I'm drawing strength from my past as I move forward and focus on living more courageously. Lately, this meant traveling to Rwanda. I spent 2 weeks there and was away from my children/family for 18 days. (I have two kids: Wild Thing, age 8, and Caterpillar, age 6). This was the longest I've ever been away from them. 
It was both wonderful and difficult and much of my writing moving forward on the blog will be about my experience in Rwanda and poems and reflections I wrote while there doing researching for my for…

{Back to School} Today The Teacher Changed Our Seats

Back to School with Diverse Books

We love discovering new books, especially books that include characters that reflect the diverse world in which we live. Not only does Today the Teacher Changed Our Seats feature a diverse group of students in the classroom as well as an African-American male teacher, but it is also a book that allows for learning discussions and activities around the math concept of grouping and the reality that sometimes teachers do things our children don't like (i.e. separating them from their friends or asking them to sit somewhere new). 


Since grouping is a math concept my 3 and 5 year-old aren't really familiar with, I wasn't sure if the book would engage them, but I was wrong. Wild Thing (my 5 year-old son) LOVES math, so the idea that this book was a book about math excited him. I think he also liked seeing a teacher in a book that was an African-American man, since his dad (who is African-American and Latino teaches filmmaking and digital arts two …