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6 strategies for talking about the violence in Washington, D.C.

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We were all shocked and scared yesterday, as we watched television coverage of a mob taking over the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

What does it mean for our children, to see such frightening scenes of violence at a time of such division and anger?

This post is not about politics; it’s about the things children hear and say. How do we, as parents and teachers, help them sort it out? How do we help those who are frightened and don’t feel safe ...

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The great gift of being allowed to have feelings

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When I entered the Hanna Perkins preschool in the 1970s, I was more than a little afraid. I’m sure I clung to my mother as you might to a tree in a tsunami. My father had just died, and throughout my childhood a separation or an unfamiliar place would often stir up a tragic feeling.

The first thing I remember about Hanna Perkins is that I had no need to hide such feelings there. Like the big world into which I ...

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A homemade children’s book about the pandemic

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Even the youngest children have questions about the way life has changed during the pandemic.

Rique Sollisch – a longtime teacher, consultant and friend at Hanna Perkins – used one of the many available photo services to create this book for her granddaughter, and wanted to share the idea. Here’s what she wrote on her Facebook page:

I am posting the following to explain the video that appears below. I made it for our young granddaughter for whom these quarantined ...

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