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Trees are not only curious creatures, they’re noble forces on our planet, essential to our breath and our beauty.  We have fine resources to help students appreciate the critical role trees play in sustaining life of Earth, on Arbor Day or any day. (more…)

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Please help us spread the word to Springfield families — Those who opt into the 413families text campaign receive twice-weekly messages about cool family activities and events, early literacy tips, school messages, and health, fitness & attendance information.  As an incentive for families to join the growing number who are part of the campaign, the Springfield City Library has put together a great, book-filled gift basket, and one lucky person who joins by Friday, April 29, will be selected to win!

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Elms College has a BioBlitz at Chicopee Memorial State Park from 9-3pm this Saturday, April 30, 2016, in which scientists, naturalists, and volunteers will conduct an intense survey to find and identify all living creatures (birds, plants, insects, and mammals) in that particular region on that one day.

In addition to information about how students, teachers, parents, and friends as well as those able to act as experts can contact Elms College about the event, we want to share classroom resources about (more…)

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First, welcome back to those of you returning from Spring Break.  The blog, too, took a bit of a break last week, and I hope that these findings on the secrets to happiness encourage in you the well being that a rest can bring.

The NY Times blog Well recently reported on a long-running Harvard study about the secrets to a happy life and the study’s director, Dr. Robert Waldinger, shared some of the findings in this TED Talk:

This talk’s seven million views suggest just how important happiness is to us and, of course, students.  You’ll find many resources (more…)

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“In wildness is the preservation of the world.”  Henry David Thoreau

Not only does highway travel pollute our air but, as this preview suggests, roads cut our wildlife sanctuaries in half.  On Wednesday, April 20, at 9pm, WGBY airs NOVA: Wild Ways, which explores how newly established wildlife corridors offer hope to our planet’s endangered species from Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations.

You’ll find many resources on subjects like


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“Where are the books about kids like us?” Little boy’s question to then librarian Beverly Clearly

Like many original writers, Beverly Cleary seems to have been inspired to write stories that she — and, in her case, a young library patron — were unable to find on the bookshelves.  Among our country’s most successful living authors, Clearly had her first book published in 1950; since then,  91 million have sold worldwide and appear in over twenty countries in fourteen languages.

Her characters include Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus, Ribsy, Socks, Ralph S. Mouse and, of course, Ramona Geraldine Quimbley (whose favorite things include playing in the dark).  While times have clearly changed over Cleary’s long career, (more…)

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PBS KIDS Oh Noah is designed to teach Spanish to children ages six to eight through animated videos with embedded games that help build vocabulary.  While many of us can intrinsically appreciate the benefits of bilingualism, an article last month in the NY Times blog Well, entitled “The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals,” went beyond looking at some of the obvious advantages of being bilingual, such as being able to experience more diverse conversations and experiences.

The article referenced two recent studies that “demonstrate that multilingual exposure improves not only children’s cognitive skills but also their social abilities.”  Resources for bilingual education (more…)

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