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Why “play” is an important part of preschool and kindergarten

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A little housekeeping in the Drop-In room

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We’ve been doing some housekeeping in the Reinberger Parent/Child Resource Center; next time you drop in, things may look a little bit different.

If you have small children, you may want to let them know in advance that the furniture has been moved around so they aren’t too surprised. They’ll recognize all the same furniture, toys and activity stations, but with a fresh new layout. The goal is to make the room a little more enjoyable to use and a little ...

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Why we care so much about maple syrup

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One of many skills that young children begin to develop as they go through preschool and kindergarten is tolerance for delayed gratification. They practice patience.

That may be the most immediate lesson offered by an unassuming sapling planted recently on the front lawn at Hanna Perkins School.

But some day, probably at about the time this year’s kindergarteners are stressing over college applications, the new sugar maple will become a teaching tree – revisiting a Hanna Perkins tradition of collecting sap to ...

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65,000 register for course on ‘Emotional Intelligence’

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Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand, manage and communicate feelings.

At Hanna Perkins Center, emotional intelligence is regarded as a key to happiness and success in life. We’re not alone in this.

Earlier this spring, Richard Boyatzis – a highly regarded professor at Case Western Reserve University – offered a free online class called Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence. According to The Plain Dealer, more than 65,000 people registered to take it.

The ...

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