WIN a Back-to-School Prize Pack for You and Your Class!

Posted on August 17, 2015 by Elf Jana There have been 125 comment(s)

Win healthy snacks and shoes for back-to-school

Fall school days are on their way, bringing tons of exciting new classes, friendships, and experiences. Year after year, however, there’s always one period eagerly-anticipated by kids and teenagers alike: lunch!

Growing students have big appetites, and not just for learning. Unfortunately, while good, wholesome food-for-thought has always been a priority in American classrooms, less attention has often been given to serving-up quality in cafeterias. Happily, schools and communities across the country are putting nutrition education on the lesson plan, with inspiring results!


Inspired by the recent rise of farm-to-school programs across America, we’re giving away healthy, organic, delicious snack packs to three lucky students to share with their classes! Each of our three winners will receive $100 worth of tasty roasted hazelnuts and dried apple slices, both sourced from friendly farmers right here in our Pacific Northwest region. PLUS, each winner also gets $100 worth of Soft Star Shoes to send them back to class in comfort and style!

Getting hungry?

How to Enter:

In 50 words or less, tell us about your (or your child's) most memorable learning experience in school via the comment form below.

Updated 8/21/15: Since so many people are exceeding our 50-word limit, we will not disqualify entries that are longer. Brevity is highly appreciated, though. If you wrote in under 50 words and would like to re-submit your entry then we will only consider the newer version.

It can be inspiring or funny, adorable or odd. Please include your name and the name of your school (last names are not required—a last initial will suffice). Homeschoolers are welcome to enter, too!

RULES: One entry per person, family-friendly content only. Contest ends at 11:59 PDT, August 31, 2015. At that time we’ll choose our three favorites and contact them via the email address provided with the comment. Email addresses will only be used to contact the winners and will not be shared. Open worldwide, void where prohibited by law. If you have trouble leaving a comment then you can email your entry to us at

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125 Responses to WIN a Back-to-School Prize Pack for You and Your Class!

  • Janet Kay
    Janet Kay says:

    Teacher in Ireland wrote the following looking for the grammatical errors (not capitalizing the state and city names):
    New york is the capital of new york state.
    New York is NOT the capital of New York state - it's Albany.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 10:02 AM

  • Amanda S.
    Amanda S. says:

    My daughter Eve always had trouble going down for naps - for the entire first year of her life, we'd have to rock and sing to her for often 30 minutes in order to get her to sleep! However, at one year old, she moved into the "young toddler room" at her wonderful daycare center, Kiddie Korner. In the young toddler room, the kids sleep on little cots, and they all voluntarily go to their cots and lie down and go to sleep for their nap. Within one week of entering that room, she was going to sleep for her naps by herself, even at home! She really just needed to see other kids her age doing the same thing in order for her to "get" it. I'm now a HUGE believer in the power of socialization that kids receive in school and group care environments. Amazing!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 10:08 AM

  • Saskia Tracy
    Saskia Tracy says:

    During her first year of kindergarten, my daughter received a small friend in the form of a doll. 'Mother Nature' brings each child a little one to support him/her through their first years at school. The experience of having a little one has taught Indie so many wonderful things, that truly can only come from within her own self. She has learned to care for someone else, to speak and feel freely without judgement, and to engage with on an emotional level. The most important part though, is that indie has learned to do these things on her own terms, and at her own time.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 10:27 AM

  • Malissa
    Malissa says:

    We homeschool so our experience is a little different. My children spend their school day outside for the most part. So far our most amazing experience has been reading about fairies and letters, and drawing our own images while 18 elk grazed 15 feet away in our yard!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 10:28 AM

  • Vanessa A.
    Vanessa A. says:

    My son likes traditional boys’ toys and “girl things.” At his old daycare, other children teased him for this. He started a new, progressive preschool that addresses these issues. He’s learned that it’s OK for him to like “girl things,” and it’s OK for girls to like “boy things,” too.

    Our school: Mariposa

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 10:29 AM

  • Gloria B
    Gloria B says:

    50 words is not much to sum up a lifetime and ending of home educating.
    But if brevity be the soul of wit, let's try a haiku:

    Twenty-one years spent
    homeschooling four lovely girls
    Smile as they succeed

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 10:33 AM

  • Stacy
    Stacy says:

    We do Waldorf Based Homeschooling for our Special Needs Child and Typical Child. I'd say the most memorable experience for my special needs son was when he was able to first communicate all barnyard animals on his Tobii Eye Gaze device (because he is non-verbal) and that is his only form of communication and for my typical child it was watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly this summer and watching the wonder in his eyes.... sometimes the simple learning experiences can take up the most room in your mind and heart.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 10:41 AM

  • Lucia R
    Lucia R says:

    Every day at my daughter's preschool begins with meditation. The children gather in a circle, light candles and sit in silence for one full minute. It's amazing to see these kids full of their kid-energy become completely still and engaged in this practice. My daughter has brought the practice home with her, and now we meditate together, once in the morning, once in the evening. What a gift!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 10:41 AM

  • danielle
    danielle says:

    My daughter chose a week long educational session at our local museum, a unit called Exploring Egypt. When my husband brought her there, of the 18 7-8 year olds, she was one of two girls. I was concerned, because making friends is one of her favorite things to do, and she relates to girls.

    When she came home that first day, she told me a lot about Egypt, a little about her two new besties, Emily and Jacob, and how much she was looking forward to Tuesday. Triple win.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 10:42 AM

  • Debi O
    Debi O says:

    Our most memorable homeschooling story: Is how my daughter started to learn to read "Little House on the Prairie". At the time we lived in Florida. The story changed how she learned,and helped me to teach to her needs. Know we are living in South Dakota and are able to visit the real places. School is never boring at our house. All the people around us call our home stead Little House on the Prairie. We call it Home.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 10:51 AM

  • Ping O.
    Ping O. says:

    At Federal Hill Montessori, my 18-month-old daughter learned to enjoy snack with friends. Her teacher told us: “She was eager to start once she heard me say apples. I guided her to wash hands, get a bowl and fork, and use the tongs and fork. She used the fork and her hands. She was saying ‘ping guo’ (Chinese for apple) as her friends were cutting apples before snack.” May we all have such joy at the simple things in life!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 10:52 AM

  • Nicole B.
    Nicole B. says:

    Our children attend a public school in NH. We live in a small town and with public education not receiving much funding ( we are a no income tax state) I applaude our educators in their innovation. My children's favorite example is the building of an outdoor classroom, where teachers bring their class outside to learn all sorts of things and gain inspiration in this space. Even more the school established a garden club that any child from grade K-5 ( the grades that are in the Elementary school) can participate in. This is adjacent to the outdoor classroom. They learn composting, recycling, cooking etc. and from the garden the cafe serves some of the veggies as snacks.
    Nicole B.
    Newmarket Elementary School

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 10:55 AM

  • Brandi M.
    Brandi M. says:

    As a homeschool graduate my most memorable experience has been making the full circle and now teach my own 5 year old daughter. I was surprised how excited I was (and am) when she first started to read- seeing your child learn to read for the first time is an amazing experience!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

  • Allegra H.
    Allegra H. says:

    My daughter goes to SongGarden Preschool, in Portland Oregon.

    A memorable lesson was this: We were talking about how much Zia (my girl) loves pink. She said that she's glad she's a girl because she gets to wear pink and purple. I said that anyone can wear pink, but she didn't think so.

    The next day at school, she noticed how Fletcher (a boy at school) wears pink sparkly shoes. After school, she told me that boys can, "wear pink too" -- her interest and observation began a conversation about how boy and girls both like sparkles, and pink and can wear any color they want to - a pretty important lesson! We know notice when people dye there hair, or what colors they wear, if they have bright shoes, bag, glasses, etc. and our conversations are much more, er, colorful using color as an entry into observing and embracing difference.

    Thanks for entering Zia and our school in the contest!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 11:12 AM

  • Sarah
    Sarah says:

    We homeschool and my favorite part of homeschooling is being able to expound on things our kids get excited about. Last year we were reading about the trojan horse and our son immediately wanted to make his own! These kinds of experiences plus being able to be outside a bunch are the most memorable to me!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 11:24 AM

  • Bridget
    Bridget says:

    My daughter attends a French-language immersion school. Her teacher retired at the end of last year. The students sang her an emotional song in French the last day. Few parents understood the lyrics but we all understood the meaning when kids and teachers alike started bursting into tears.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 11:38 AM

  • Allison Koos Fox
    Allison Koos Fox says:

    My son attends a Waldorf school and for a birthday celebration they make a book. All of the children, including the birthday child, and the teachers, make a picture for the book and put a birthday wish on the back. My son's birthday wish for himself wasn't for a flying robot (a persistent birthday and Christmas wish) or cake or any other thing. It was for as many of our special rain walk dates as he wanted. It was a powerful lesson for me that day.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 11:40 AM

  • Maria L.
    Maria L. says:

    V came home one day very concerned, they read a story in her classroom that focused on big words, like Memory. She sat down untying her shoes as her eyes lit up: You know lullaby song mom, that you sing me, the words I know! - that's Memory, mom!

    Over the past 4 years V has attended Growing up Montessori preschool Waldorf kindergarden and Wood Gormley Elementary of Santa Fe NM.
    V is a second grader now :)

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 11:44 AM

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly says:

    We are a homeschooling family. We all thoroughly enjoyed making up a whole world of characters: fairies, sprites, nymphs, mermaids, and a quirky cast of animal characters to teach our daughter her alphabet. It was quite fun and memorable!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 12:10 PM

  • Angelina
    Angelina says:

    My son is 5 and about to start kindergarten. Yesterday I asked him if he would like to go to school in a couple weeks. He became teary-eyed. "I'll go with you" I said to ease his anxiety. He looked up at me and asked, "Can I bring my computer?"

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 12:14 PM

  • Melissa
    Melissa says:

    My 3-year-old son is starting Primary School in less than 3 weeks, and he started at the school's daycare about a month ago, after being at his old daycare since 7 months. He's had a very hard time adjusting to the new setting, and all the new rules that come with it. I think the best thing he has learned so far is that being flexible in new situations with new people isn't always a negative thing. He has a new little friend and enjoys packing his lunch every day, and even enjoys all the outdoor play he wasn't getting before the switch. New things can be fun!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 12:30 PM

  • Rebecca H.  (homeschooler)
    Rebecca H. (homeschooler) says:

    My most memorable learning experience is from my oldest, now 23. He was a part of a large group of kids that lived in our neighborhood and rode the bus to school. There was a girl who was being bullied on the bus. He and his friends did nothing. She stopped him one day and told him that by doing nothing he was the same as the bullies. He and his friends had the power as a group to say something. He came home and told me, he was in tears. She taught him something so important. He made a choice that day to never sit by and say nothing again. The impact we have on others is huge! That was over 10 years ago, I still get tears in my eyes thinking about it. The sweet girl who was being bullied helped teach my son how to do the right thing.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 12:46 PM

  • Julia
    Julia says:

    Our son has always received hand me downs, even his Soft Star shoes have always been hand me downs. However for his first year of Kindergarten last year we bought him his very own, new pair of Soft Star shoes and he could pick out his own special colors. What a proud boy he was the first day he wore them!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:01 PM

  • Lori F
    Lori F says:

    I was helping out in my son's 1st grade classroom. He was supposed to write and illustrate a story.
    I watched as first he asked the boy to his left, "Could you please draw a car for me? Yours look so nice." While that was happening he asked the girl across from him if she would draw a hotel for him. She really just wanted to do her own work, but he kept cajoling her by telling her how nice her art work was and how much better than his ability until she gave in.
    His teacher never noticed. I thought about mentioning it and decided that building CEO skills and flattering others into getting double work done was probably a more useful life skill anyway.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:10 PM

  • Tj Mihan
    Tj Mihan says:

    Cole M. attends Hillcrest Children's Center. The greatest thing he has learned from school is that family can extend well beyond blood relations. His friends and teachers are undeniably sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles. He loves them unconditionally and recognizes them as the family members they have become.
    Wow, 50 words or less was hard.......

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:12 PM

  • Lucy B
    Lucy B says:

    Last year, for kindergarten enrichment, my daughter had THE BEST teacher. My daughter learned so much more than math and language arts: different types of art and artists, everyday Spanish, caring for the environment and for others. Her teacher showed so much love to everyone and everything.
    School: KidTown, Buffalo Grove

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:16 PM

  • Kristen DiBella
    Kristen DiBella says:

    30 years ago, in Kinder, i learned the most significant lesson of my formal educational career. My k teacher pulled my green tab for being chatty, humiliating me in front of my classmates. The lesson ..showing kindness and human decency matter more than any lessons tought from a book.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:21 PM

  • Mary K
    Mary K says:

    My son just started his very first day of school today. We're looking forward to lots of great things to come!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:21 PM

  • Rebecca
    Rebecca says:

    One day while dropping off our then 3-year-old at her home-based Waldorf School in RI, Twig, we walked up at one of the teachers was building a play structure. I asked, with little one beside me: "Oh, Rob, what is that a boat?" To which he graciously and wisely said: "...or a rocket, or a bus, or a tree..." I smiled deeply and as we walked off to the swings my little one said: "Wow, mami, isn't that neat. I get to play with a rocket-tree-boat...and who knows what it will be tomorrow!" A beautiful moment indeed!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:29 PM

  • Megan
    Megan says:

    As homeschoolers, it is such a joy to see the older children eagerly and spontaneously teaching the younger ones. It's a win-win for everyone!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:39 PM

  • Sophie
    Sophie says:

    I decided to study economics thanks to my high school teacher, Mr. Levering. He animated each lecture on a subject that many people find boring. His most memorable lecture was when he described the federal bank printing money like blood gushing out of someone's chest in the Gladiator movie.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:44 PM

  • Veronica
    Veronica says:

    8th grade home room teacher Mr. Garland had a sign "it's my way or the highway." If we misbehaved he would pop his fake eye out and let it roll on his desk. Then he'd put it in his mouth and pop it back in his eye. Portland Christian Elementary

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:53 PM

  • Jessiqa M
    Jessiqa M says:

    Our twins just started kindergarten last week at Pleasant View. At the end of her first day, the first words out of our daughter's mouth were "it was AWESOME!" May her enthusiasm for learning never fade.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:55 PM

  • Jenn H
    Jenn H says:

    We homeschool and my son is so so proud of himself for memorizing the alphabet! (he's 3) and he happily sings it for everyone and anyone! He loves being read to and is so excited that he knows what the letters are. It makes me so proud of him to see him grow and love learning!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 2:09 PM

  • Laura C.
    Laura C. says:

    My daughter Ella went to Woodhaven School's outdoor kindergarten in Portland. One day after class while we were stripping off muddy layers and preparing to leave, she told me that she loved school. When I asked her what she loved she said, "When I'm outside, the part of me that whispers is louder, and I can hear who I am inside."

    She's entering third grade this year and I still think about the universal truth of that statement often.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 3:12 PM

  • Sarah Q
    Sarah Q says:

    As a TA at UIdaho, I am both teacher and student—as it should be always. While walking with a student, I told her in high school I memorized vocabulary minutes before the quiz I then aced, though I failed to “learn” the words. I immediately stopped giving vocabulary quizzes.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 4:02 PM

  • Nicole A.
    Nicole A. says:

    My most memorable learning experience, oddly enough, was in 8th grade math class. I’m not particularly good at math, nor do I really enjoy it. But I remember working on a problem and asking my teacher for help. I cannot recall what he said, but finally the “lightbulb” went off, and I understood how to solve the problem. That was the first time I had really experienced the “lightbulb” going off effect. It was my first real epiphany!

    As for my son (he’s homeschooled), there are so many memorable learning experiences--every day is full of them! Most recently, we’ve been encouraging him to play instruments, as he loves watching and listening to them. He has a little clarinet, but when he first got it, he couldn’t figure out the correct way to blow into it. For weeks he refused to play it, and just wanted Mom and Dad to. My husband found him a recorder, which is easier to play, and much to my son’s delight, he was able to play it. The next day, after playing his recorder, he realized he could probably play his clarinet, too. He gave it a blow, and his face lit up as he finally made a note!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 4:05 PM

  • Valentine H
    Valentine H says:

    There are so many wonderful moments from the past 2 years of homeschooling my little ones. Introducing them to the wonders of nature, including watching a dragonfly larva hatch out of its exoskeleton, dry out, then fly off, learning to read, building fairy houses, making stories, creating art masterpieces, and so many more magical moments!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 4:09 PM

  • Teri R.  The Montessori School of Camden
    Teri R. The Montessori School of Camden says:

    At open house, teachers greeted them cheerfully, then went to the turtle aquarium to teach them a fun song about the turtle! Sing it again they squealed, they joined in, the song ended with the turtle having a big bubble in his mouth that POPPED! Sang all the way home!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 4:56 PM

  • Amy J
    Amy J says:

    We home school. So far my best moments have been seeing the success of my children as one by one they have left my home to go off to their different colleges. What's even best is that even though I have 4 in college now, I still have one at home that I can introduce to reading and math and the world around her.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 5:44 PM

  • Pete S
    Pete S says:

    My interest in the 'barefoot movement' was sparked towards the end of my homeschooling and instead of studying for my final exams I would often find myself procrastinating by reading articles and learning about the benefits of being barefoot. Time well spent I say! ;)

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 6:08 PM

  • Elizabeth S
    Elizabeth S says:

    My son is only 2 but the first words he could "read" were.... Dr. Seuss :) We'll start working on phonics soon so he can actually learn to read.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 8:29 PM

  • Laura Swain
    Laura Swain says:

    When I taught 2nd grade at Normandy Elementary I was fortunate to receive gifts from my students. One boy brought me an apple-shaped bottle of hand sanitizer for the class on the first day of school. I put the bottle on our front shelf and we headed out to recess. When they were finished all 120 second graders got in their lines to head back into the school...but a raucous bark caught our attention. An enormous black lab bounded around the fence partition and headed straight for the sea of little people. They were terrified; he was as big as they were! He excitedly greeted my class with licks and nudges. I managed to grab him by the collar and instantly regretted my decision...he smelled like he'd been rolling in excrement or other alluring things in the nearby woods. The other teachers began to hurriedly usher the students in the door. As I radioed the office staff to let them know about our situation I lost my grip and the dog leapt up the steps, following the students inside. I raced after him and heard myself yelling "stop that dog!" Three teachers were talking in the hallway and looked up, mouths open. One came to her senses and joined in the chase while another went to my classroom to watch my kids. We careened around a corner and my running buddy glanced over at me. "What on EARTH is that smell?" "Dead deer," I huffed and tried to pick up the pace. We reached the end of the hall just in time to see doggie escape through a propped open door. Later that day I found out from our school secretary that he had jumped into our PTO president's open van in the parking lot. I walked back only to find my room abuzz with befuddled kids who were trying to get their hands "unstuck." They had used the brand new "hand sanitizer" and were rubbing their hands with paper towels trying to get the scum off that was a combo of dog dirt and what turned out to be hand soap, not hand sanitizer. "Well, let me show you where our bathroom is," I announced as we all headed down the hall, chuckling about the wackiest first day ever and smelling like a cross between country apple and country roadkill.

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 8:48 PM

  • Laura S
    Laura S says:

    Sorry about my previous entry, I didn't notice the word limit!

    On the first day of teaching 2nd grade I found myself frantically chasing an enormous, smelly black lab through our building. When my class cleaned their hands afterward, they used soap instead of sanitizer. The room of sticky, smelly 7yo had one unbelievable story to share with their parents!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 8:57 PM

  • Megan
    Megan says:

    My daughter didn't attend preschool and I was really second guessing myself as I sent her to kinder. About a month in I got to volunteer in her class and it was beautiful to see how well she had adapted. She was delighted that I was there but was independent enough to do her own thing. It made my heart soar to see her thriving!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 10:18 PM

  • Nicole Y.
    Nicole Y. says:

    My boy Casey, he's two and a half.
    When we visited Waldorf we had a good laugh.
    The other preschools he was afraid to go
    But Waldorf's for him, he told me so.
    That night after seeing it and ironing a pillow,
    He told me he would go alone as one happy fellow.
    He said "it feels like home to me"
    And home's a happy place to be!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 at 11:02 PM

  • Martha
    Martha says:

    My daughter didn't play with anyone at recess for the first few months of school and it worried me. It was pretty amazing and comforting when she came home one day talking about a girl who just moved to our town and joined her class. She was so happy! The teacher told me they were very cute friends and that they made a good match.

    Posted on August 19, 2015 at 6:47 AM

  • Jess
    Jess says:

    My unschooled daughter (age 3 3/4, she'd proudly tell you) is determined to play Amazing Grace on the piano and spends time every day reading color-coded music notes and playing the matching keys while singing along, all on her own with no lessons and no pushing from her parents.

    Posted on August 19, 2015 at 7:35 AM

  • Katrina F
    Katrina F says:

    MacArthur Elementary School
    My three kids just started school at a new school this year. We moved across country with the military for the 5th time and they never flinched. They were so excited at the possibility of new friends and new teachers. I admire their spirit, courage, and perseverance to move every 1-2 years with us. Our family is blessed to see much of what our country has to offer in its lands and its cultures and our kids make so many friends along the way. I can't wait to see what the future holds for them!

    Posted on August 19, 2015 at 7:56 AM

  • Genevieve Woods
    Genevieve Woods says:

    My older son loves art, my younger son loves running. One day at our Wild Roots forest school the teacher put out different shaped crayons. My young son saw the rectangular crayons, picked them up, and started coloring sticks; beautiful sticks. I have two artists in the family.

    Posted on August 19, 2015 at 8:08 AM

  • Emily F.
    Emily F. says:

    I'm a homeschool graduate and I'm looking forward to starting with my own children. Right now we are focusing on family walks, shapes, and colors with my two year old :-) just this week colors "clicked" for my son and he started sorting by color instead of only by shape.

    Posted on August 19, 2015 at 8:53 AM

  • Diana Johnson
    Diana Johnson says:

    We homeschool, which is part of my story ;) I recently finished my undergraduate degree. Taking my 11 year old with me to all of my college classes, also while pregnant for the last semester, was definitely my most memorable learning experience! Loved discussing things after classes with my son, and what a great way for my daughter to begin her life! I will be starting my Masters next week! I can not wait to continue this learning journey with my children! While we all wear our newly discovered Soft Stars! Thank you <3

    Posted on August 19, 2015 at 9:02 AM

  • Ali Celestino
    Ali Celestino says:

    My Son began Kindergarten being a huge dinosaur obsessed. When he arrived home that day I had a note, and a Zip lock bag with pieces of the nap mat!! The teacher asked him why he did that, he told her he was a dinosaur.

    Posted on August 19, 2015 at 9:29 AM

  • Amanda S
    Amanda S says:

    My daughter finally learned to put herself to sleep for naps after just one week in the "young toddler room" at Kiddie Korner. As soon as she saw the other toddlers voluntarily climbing onto their cots and going to sleep, she finally “got” it. The power of socialization!

    (Please ignore my first post, I didn't realize there was a word limit! Thanks!)

    Posted on August 19, 2015 at 11:58 AM

  • Esther Maria Rest
    Esther Maria Rest says:

    We homeschool. Very memorable was participating in the Archeological Seminars in Israel, digging, sifting, examining pottery , exploring caves from King Herod's time. My oldest overcame his lifelong fear of tight, dark spaces, the experience was more important to him than his fears.

    Posted on August 19, 2015 at 1:17 PM

  • Eva
    Eva says:

    Our daughter had two years of Kindergarten and every morning (even the super cold ones) began with a morning walk. Her wise teacher observed that it offered many opportunities for learning. This came in the form of observing the seasons, wildlife (deer, birds, etc), connection with nature, conversation with friends. The walks often ended in the woods or at the playground. It also served to "organize" the children, so that they could be fully present in the rest of their day. There was "everyday-ness," magic and wonder in these walks - the perfect mix for mind, body and soul (sole :) Realizing the connection between head and toes is key!!

    Posted on August 19, 2015 at 1:20 PM

  • Samantha
    Samantha says:

    Last year my son and two friends entered the science fair with the experiment: Do fancy sports sneakers (like Nike) actually perform better than street shoes or non name brand shoes? Their answer was no, based on many tests of athleticism wearing both shoes. Now, when my son asks for me to buy him expensive sneakers, I tell him, Why? There's no difference on the court-and I know a little scientist who proved it!

    Posted on August 19, 2015 at 7:56 PM

  • Lauren
    Lauren says:

    I remember eating in the lunchroom when I was a kid. The food was better than I got at home. They even had homemade fried chicken. I distinctly remember white rice would come out in a nice, compact ball because they would use an ice cream scoop. Man, the good ole' days lol

    Posted on August 19, 2015 at 8:08 PM

  • Emily, Waldorf School
    Emily, Waldorf School says:

    While settling into Little Friends I wondered if my little one felt comfortable and loved. One day while storytelling about our day he spoke of "Miss Abigail's schoolhouse" and how his teacher surely lives and sleeps there. This confirmed to me that he felt at home while at school.

    Posted on August 19, 2015 at 8:12 PM

  • Laura Hensley
    Laura Hensley says:

    My most memorable part of this past year of school, was seeing my children's drive for learning grow and develop. We are a Homeschool family. What started as a painful chore getting my children to learn about anything is now so rewarding.

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 4:02 AM

  • Megan Zuchowski
    Megan Zuchowski says:

    My child has had many memorable experiences in school. He has been blessed to have some great teachers who really have worked hard with him and who have been very supportive. I honestly don't know where he would be without the support and love of his dedicated staff. I think that makes all the difference in the world in a child's experience.

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 7:12 AM

  • vicky s
    vicky s says:

    My beloved learning experiences are those offered to me by the children with whom I connect. As an artist who works in schools, I feel it’s a privilege to activate deep, wondrous, and challenging creative explorations, hand in hand with the children! PURE JOY [supported by my cosy softstars!!]
    Mt Clear Primary

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    NAIDA PIERCE says:

    My kids memorable experience in learning has been being homeschooled and learning together. Being able to interact, help each other, and encourage each other has been amazing. To be able to share their love for each other and learning put into their daily studies has been memorable !

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 8:41 AM

  • Trina Chadwick
    Trina Chadwick says:

    In first grade in son Robbie C. began
    having noticeable trouble in handwriting
    Everything was turned backward and
    Going right to left
    Got the call to come in for the talk..
    But Mr. Beers had a plan see my son
    Was left handed and he figured out
    That was the problem so he began
    Right hand training with balls and clay
    In a short time he was writing very well
    This saved him years of fustration
    We were so grateful to this great teacher.

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 9:35 AM

  • Debra S.
    Debra S. says:

    I remember how much one of my daughters LOVED her second grade teacher! She would be so excited and talk about her day all the time! It made my heart so glad. If only all the teachers and kids could get along so. It makes a difference.

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 10:13 AM

  • Annmarie W.
    Annmarie W. says:

    My daughter's most memorable school experience was actually in her after-school Architecture Club. She wants to be an architect. And teams of club members spent last fall re-designing an existing empty building into a business. Her team designed a bakery/café!

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 11:12 AM

  • Jess D.
    Jess D. says:

    Most memorable so far was climbing the outdoor play structure at Waldorf School for the first time, all the way to the top at 18 months old. And back down again too with some spotting!

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 12:53 PM

  • Shannon
    Shannon says:

    I received a text from one of my son's classmate's mother requesting a playdate. I didn't recognize the last name but I had a feeling it was his friend Ben. So I asked my son what Ben's last name was. He said, "Jammin". Me, "are you sure?" Yes it's Ben Jammin (aka Benjamin) ;)

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 1:01 PM

  • Diana Thompson
    Diana Thompson says:

    My daughter was afraid of lot noises for some reason. When she was in the 7th grade a student wired her locker with a device that would make a bang when she opened her locker door. The boy was suspended for 3 days as a result. I actually thought he was sort of a genius for being able to figure that idea out and execute it. So, I was not to angry about it.

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 1:32 PM

  • Amy Jones
    Amy Jones says:

    My son had the same teacher for 1st grade that our daughter did 16 years ago. This year she was able to help Mrs. Johnson with St. Patrick's day, acting as a mischievous leprechaun. She delighted in turning desks around, stacking chairs in odd ways and sprinkling glitter and gold coins everywhere! She remembers being amazed by the work of the leprechauns when she was in 1st grade!

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM

  • jenny hebert
    jenny hebert says:


    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 2:24 PM

  • Maranda H.
    Maranda H. says:

    Seeing an integral on my friend's higher math homework, I asked what it was. She explained it in terms of derivatives, which I was learning currently. When we got to integrals a week later in Calculus I, they were easy because of that "preview" from her straightforward explanation. Maranda H. University of Arkansas at Monticello

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 3:10 PM

  • Valerie C.
    Valerie C. says:

    My son still talks about his school trip to a local museum. He learned so much about the history of our town and about the early settlers in New England.

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 5:33 PM

  • Sharon Ary
    Sharon Ary says:

    While teaching 2nd grade, I told the kids that there was no school tomorrow but I had to still work (We had an inservice day.) One of my students asked me where I worked.

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 7:30 PM

  • Patricia Delgado
    Patricia Delgado says:

    My daughter just started special needs preschool and her teacher is currently teaching her how to transition without having a meltdown. I look forward to seeing all of her adventures in the future

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM

  • Howard Steeley
    Howard Steeley says:

    great gift

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 9:52 PM

  • Candace G
    Candace G says:

    The first time my son picked up the saxophone, he knew this is what he wanted to do and before that he had problems in school but not anymore! Julia E Test, Richmond, IN

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 6:41 AM

  • Dana Marie
    Dana Marie says:

    After a long hard rain our 4-year-old took an interest in the newly forming erosion grooves on the side of the trail we take our afternoon walks on.
    A few days later he told his first "joke:"

    Q: Mama, what does the erosion say to the dirt?

    A: Let's get grooooooovy!!!

    (We're unschoolers.)

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 7:57 AM

  • rose fucsch
    rose fucsch says:

    they don't like to write essay about school, teacher use too much words they like do things together with other kids show each other how to do things let's out teacher

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 8:32 AM

  • Naomi S
    Naomi S says:

    My daughter started preschool for the first time last September. The most memorable thing she has said this far would have to be when she was telling me what her teacher allowed and how it was ok if I said no because her teacher 'lets'. There is a rule at her school of no food from home, her teacher allows a water bottle and the girls could drink from their water bottles by their cubbies. One day she said she wanted to take a snack to school. I said we couldn't because her school doesn't allow food from home. She response was 'I'm pretty sure my Morah (teacher in Hebrew) lets, Mommy.' I have thank G-d created a very logical three year old!

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 8:37 AM

  • Angela Hendricks
    Angela Hendricks says:

    The most inspiring thing that happened when my son went to school is when he came home and he showed me he knew how to read! We read with him every night and having him come home and be so proud that he could read out loud to his class inspired me! He is such a smart and an awesome kid!

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 9:08 AM

  • Lindsay Henige
    Lindsay Henige says:

    My biggest learning experience wasn't academic, but was about responsibility. I was on my high school's yearbook staff, and I lost someone's personal and professional photos when I took a layout home to work on. I had to fess up to the person, who was also on yearbook staff. I gave her the money to have her professional photo taken again, but could never replace her personal photos of course.

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 9:12 AM

  • kelly light
    kelly light says:

    My daughter has ADHD and her first grade teacher put her in detention for standing on the tables along with a little boy, The teacher called me crying, to tell me, along with the fact that she had never put a child in detention before (that was why she was crying) . The next day my daughter tried to convince me she was sick. (thinking if she didnt go she wouldnt have to go to detention).. lol

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM

  • Anastasia Noll
    Anastasia Noll says:

    I am a Montessori elementary school teacher. At the beginning of each year, we tell the story of the beginning of the Universe. One year, we had a student who had missed the lesson. I asked if there was another student who would like to tell him the Cosmic Story. The boy who volunteered excitedly described the Big Bang with love and awe in his voice, and how it was like drops of water flung out of a glass, and "one of those drops...was our Earth!"

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 11:17 AM

  • Natoshia Smith
    Natoshia Smith says:

    I have a special needs child whom is eleven and this past year he was apart of a Lego Club. It was amazing to see him be apart of something he loves (Legos), to go on competition trips, be a team player and teach me about certain things I was unaware of.

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 4:24 PM

  • Beth Minyard
    Beth Minyard says:

    My most memorable learning moment in school was when I switched algebra teachers. I realized that it wasn't me that wasn't capable of learning but that it was just having a teacher that didn't explain in terms I can understand. I started with an F and once I switched I ended the year with a B+!

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 5:18 PM

  • Hilary S
    Hilary S says:

    We homeschool and try to raise generous, compassionate children. My daughter, age six, wanted to raise money for charity:water. Her campaign? 100 somersaults a day for 60 days, raising $1,000. 6,000 somersaults later, she’d learned: Perseverance pays off, and kids can make a difference in the world.

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 6:42 PM

  • Marine Loos
    Marine Loos says:

    After studying dinosuars at pre-school ( and at home too!):
    Oriane 6 years old: my favorite dinosaur is stegosaure. I like a lot pteranodon too, thou they are not dinosaurs, they were before.
    Eloam 4: me, I like parasorolopus.

    Bravo les enfants! You know more than your parents!

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 10:15 PM

  • Jessica K
    Jessica K says:

    My daughters are starting at Corvallis Waldorf School this Fall. We are all so excited! An amazing learning experience for us was visiting Brad's Reptiles off HWY 99. What a spectacular place! We have been studying about reptiles ever since.

    Posted on August 22, 2015 at 8:23 AM

  • Sinthuja Sarma
    Sinthuja Sarma says:

    My school experiences... I know times have really changed for the better. When I went through school the teacher used to whip the palms of our hands with a ruler because we "wouldn't talk right," in the second grade. It didn't take long to become a mute. All through middle and high school some of the teachers would be sure and bring out the fact that there were people in the class we could make fun of . One gym teacher used to mock us. He would whip us with a paddle and raise us off the floor.

    Posted on August 22, 2015 at 11:03 AM

  • Cynthia Ansel
    Cynthia Ansel says:

    My sons most memorable learning moment was when he realized he could read a book all on his own! I told him to read to his nana and he said he couldn't and i told him he could so he started reading and when he finished he had the biggest smile!

    Posted on August 23, 2015 at 2:21 AM

  • Theresa Jenkins
    Theresa Jenkins says:

    my grandson was about 3 1/2, playing with the iPad the next thing we know he's on You tube watching a Japanese video and singing along with it in Japanese

    Posted on August 23, 2015 at 10:08 PM

  • Annie
    Annie says:

    My daughter will start Kindergarten for her first year next week. I am a teacher and have been learning verses and songs while I do dishes and chores around the house. I told her they were for my students. Now she goes around the house singing the same songs that she has memorized and singing to her dolls.

    Posted on August 24, 2015 at 3:33 AM

  • Brittany havens
    Brittany havens says:

    I cut my daughters lunch sandwich in the shapes of their weekly letters. That day I asked what she learned and she said "That A tastes better then T."

    Posted on August 24, 2015 at 8:21 AM

  • Itay F
    Itay F says:

    When I drop my 2 year old at Tong Le Montessori in the mornings, she rushes to water the herbs' pots. Last week it was a nice weather, and as I locked the car I heard my daughter: "C is cutting the plant with scissors." It was inspiring to see her joining in and all of them gardening and attending to their herb garden.

    Posted on August 24, 2015 at 10:03 AM

  • Noemi R
    Noemi R says:

    My son loves bright colors and for school chose a backpack with a lot of pink on it. He attends Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco, and it's a great community for empowering kids to be the best them they can be.

    One day in 1st grade while walking home he got teased about the bag and he just turned around and said "everybody gets to enjoy every color." I was so proud of him!

    Posted on August 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM

  • paula s
    paula s says:

    My daughter a only child was never around children. I was so afraid of how school would be for her. The 1st day she was one of the kids with a smile saying bye Momma. She loves school and has made lots of new friends along the way

    Posted on August 25, 2015 at 7:44 PM

  • Jessica Herring
    Jessica Herring says:

    I love when my little one comes home bursting with energy about what he did in school that day. His favorite class is science and he wants to be a biologist when he grows up!

    Posted on August 25, 2015 at 7:50 PM

  • jennknee83
    jennknee83 says:

    The year that we learned someone was on our side and helped us through the trials of special education. My son was only able to thrive in the school system because a teacher saw that he differently-able.

    Posted on August 25, 2015 at 8:47 PM

  • Annie fajardo
    Annie fajardo says:

    My little girl just started first grade this year! Last year in kindergarten her teacher was amazing, she would come home every day telling me what she learned! They hatched baby chicks in her class and she was so excited to learn about the chicks and the process ! Another favorite was the first time she got to stand up in front of the class and read a book! She was so proud of herself and how well she did! She has already asked her new teacher if she will be able to read aloud this year ! Ty so much for the chance to win! Being the room mom for my daughters class I am responsible for bringing treats to parties, events etc and I always try to bring healthy snacks! This would be wonderful!

    Posted on August 26, 2015 at 9:52 AM

  • Jan P.
    Jan P. says:

    For me, preparing state and country reports was my favorite part about geography classes. I was good at organizing info, a skill I developed and made good use of throughout my careers.

    Posted on August 26, 2015 at 10:47 AM

  • Denise E
    Denise E says:

    For both of my children, the pivotal moment is meeting their kindergarten teacher. She warms them with her kindness and showers them in love. In that first moment, that first embrace, that first smile, they know they are loved and safe. These shoes are not for me, they are for her as she finishes her final year with children and gets to put her feet up.

    Posted on August 26, 2015 at 7:26 PM

  • Catherine C
    Catherine C says:

    Watching my 2.5 year old leave babyhood behind is breathtaking. She starts preschool Monday. We had a 'practice day' today with her teacher. I was able to be there. She was nervous ("hold me, mama") as we walked in the door. But, with our outside shoes stashed away and tea served at the table, she found her way to the play kitchen and began the hard work of pretending. She smiled up at me with pure happiness. From behind the silk 'door' of the kitchen, another child drew her attention back into the baking. I'll miss my little one and I am thrilled she is ready for this.

    Posted on August 26, 2015 at 9:26 PM

  • Melissa
    Melissa says:

    My son has multiple learning disabilities and is in special education. He is going into the 3rd grade but is really on level with a kindergarten student. Every time he learns something new he gets excited. Just to see his face light up is amazing. He so desperately wants to learn to read so he gets so happy anytime he sees a word he can read. I just love seeing his enthusiasm for learning

    Posted on August 28, 2015 at 10:49 AM

  • Becky L.
    Becky L. says:

    I think some of the best learning experiences at school happen outside of the traditional classroom. It's too bad that testing and meeting standards have made field trips very rare in a lot of public schools, including our children's own, but fortunately our sons' elementary still does a full week of camp with all of the sixth-graders in the district at the start of the year. My younger son just got home from it this afternoon and although he was exhausted, he had so much to share as we ran the obligatory hot water loads of laundry!

    Posted on August 28, 2015 at 12:45 PM

  • Becky L.
    Becky L. says:

    I think some of the best learning experiences at school happen outside of the traditional classroom. It's too bad that testing and meeting standards have made field trips very rare in a lot of public schools, including our children's own, but fortunately our sons' elementary still does a full week of camp with all of the sixth-graders in the district at the start of the year. My younger son just got home from it this afternoon and although he was exhausted, he had so much to share as we ran the obligatory hot water loads of laundry!

    Posted on August 28, 2015 at 12:46 PM

  • Amy D
    Amy D says:

    My girls are not yet school age, but the following happened when they were six months (official entry - 54 words):

    A gift of baby dolls on Christmas received,
    One twin found upon being squeezed
    from the tummy burst forth a sound of a kiss.
    She then saw in her twin something she couldn't miss.
    Pushing on her sister's tummy brought the sound of loud cries!
    Mommy soon spirited the dolls away from tiny eyes.

    Posted on August 28, 2015 at 8:28 PM

  • Darlene Comeaux
    Darlene Comeaux says:

    Taking children on a field trip to learn about nature is most exciting for all. It is amazing how much children do not know about the forest, etc.

    Posted on August 29, 2015 at 1:47 PM

  • MNS
    MNS says:

    My child is about to embark on preschool this year, but she is wiser than her age. I told her not something she can learn for herself, but to help others who are struggling, learn.

    Posted on August 30, 2015 at 12:23 AM

  • Cathleen Clark
    Cathleen Clark says:

    We had just adopted our daughter Ashley when she had to start kindergarten. She had previously been in foster care her whole life, and at the beginning of summer had finally settled into her "forever home" with us. JUST as she was getting to know us and our routine, school started. I will never forget the screaming and crying as we dropped her off- she clung to our legs, begged us not to leave her, cried, etc. It was AWFUL. We felt terrible but we knew it was the start of a normal life for her- and she needed routine. Fast Forward 15 years- that crying girl is now a confident, happy, goal-oriented high school senior with her whole life ahead of her! When I pulled out the photos of that first day (to show her on the first day of her senior year), she laughed so hard and said it was the BEST thing we did for her and the start of her love of learning and love of LIFE. I love you Ashley and we are so proud of you!

    Posted on August 30, 2015 at 9:33 AM

  • Jeffery Clark
    Jeffery Clark says:

    My son's most memorable learning experience came in 7th grade, and was not technically in the classroom.....but when he was first realizing there girls and he liked them! We knew the first school dance of the year was coming and he wanted to look cool, to attract the ladies so to speak. He planned very carefully for that day, combed his hair and dressed in nice clothes. He was so excited!! We drove him to the dance and his eyes lit up when he saw his friends and -- gasp-- girls milling around. Suddenly he got shy and announced he did not want to go in! We knew he was very nervous about actually going in. We sat in the car for 45 minutes and talked him into going in. Three hours later, we picked him up and he was all grins! He had a great time, and I think most of all proud of himself for overcoming his crippling shyness. He is now in the U.S. Army and a father and husband himself and he remembers that night very well.

    Posted on August 30, 2015 at 9:41 AM

  • Sonia
    Sonia says:

    When my oldest daughter started school she was very shy and would not raise her hand to answer questions. At the end of the last school year (finishing grade 3) not only has she overcome the shyness of speaking out in front of the class, but she was able to recite a small poem in french no less, in front of her class and their parents. I was so proud.

    Posted on August 30, 2015 at 6:15 PM

  • Kelly Kantner
    Kelly Kantner says:

    My oldest just turned 5, and since we are homeschooling I have been discussing school with him recently, but not planning on doing anything different. He has been adamant, however, that we establish a schedule and make a list of what he is going to study each day. So funny! And I thought we would just go with the flow. So we are both learning a lot about what education is and isn't, and what a "school" can look like.

    Posted on August 30, 2015 at 8:27 PM

  • Allyson Ballard Bossie
    Allyson Ballard Bossie says:

    My Middle daughter was struggling learning to read. It was like there was just a mental block. I had requested they test her prior to Christmas break, and when we returned from break, within days it was like a lightbulb just went off in her head. It was amazing to watch her AHA moment and it just clicked. She has been reading strong sinse!

    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 2:00 AM

  • Jean
    Jean says:

    We were beaming when our four year old came home from preschool proclaiming in his best imitation booming voice: I...HAVE...A DREAM! We talked about MLK and his dream of respect for all; I felt so proud of our son's growth and pleased with our choice of Montessori school. Fast forward six months to his fifth check-up: he points to a picture of Babar on the wall and says, "Look Mommy, Martin Luther King!"

    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 4:02 AM

  • Danielle Fehring
    Danielle Fehring says:

    In 3rd grade, my son's class took a trip to see a show called "Dr. Kaboom." It was all about science, and it was all he talked about for the rest of the school year. He now says he wants to be a scientist when he grows up!

    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 5:57 AM

  • Priscilla Brackett
    Priscilla Brackett says:

    Eight year old Evie goes to an organic farm school that donates its crops to the community. The school recently delivered 300 pounds of produce to a soup kitchen. The children helped unload the produce (which they also helped grow) and then toured the kitchen and learned about the other services the mission provides.

    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 6:35 AM

  • Carrie
    Carrie says:

    Growing up, my mom home-schooled us in the nineties, way before it was cool. We were able to do many extra-curricular activities like being junior firefighters and getting our open-water certification as scuba divers, traveling to Honduras and going back-packing in Europe. All of which I am very grateful to my parents for. My mom and dad gave up everything for us, so that we would be able to grow, learn, and cultivate our minds. The best tool a man has.
    One thing my mom taught us was a curriculum called “Mapping the World by Heart.” Twice a week for a year, we would take out our large 11x17 paper marked just with grid lines and a sharp pencil and start tracing the lines in one grid space, learning about each country as we went along. With the help of books(before the internet was being used like it is today), we toured each continent, learning about each country, its peoples, faith and heritage, exports/imports, and what it might be known for. It was a beautiful, enriching experience and at the end of it, for my cumulative exam, I was able to -from memory- draw the entire world map to scale. With nothing but my mind, my sharp pencil, and a ruler for marking my grid lines. This world map now sits in my home as one of my most prized memories of growing up. One day when my kids are big, I plan to do the same for them.

    (I wasn’t able to post a pic here, but you can check out my facebook page under Carrie Voyce to see the picture of it. If you can’t see it, shoot me a message. Thanks for reading! )

    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 11:02 AM

  • Maranda H.
    Maranda H. says:

    As a lifelong learner, I've had many memorable learning experiences, whether from childhood, college, or the past several years with debilitating chronic illness and being a shut-in. One of my favorites comes from my time as an undergraduate at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

    Ten years ago, I was in the middle of Calculus I, which I was enjoying thoroughly (despite some hangups with optimization problems). We were on derivatives, and I was getting on tolerably well. My best friend and I were sitting doing homework one evening, and she was working on something from one of her higher math electives for her mathematics major. She mentioned integrals, and I asked what they were. She then explained them in terms of derivatives (the two being related), making them seem very straightforward and simple. A week later when we got to them in class, I caught on almost instantly. My professor said after our exam on integrals, ''You did well on derivatives, but man, you took off on integrals!'' (I scored 106/100.) And all of it was thanks to Misty's little introduction.

    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 11:03 AM

  • Tera
    Tera says:

    I am homeschooling my daughter this year because it's what our living situation dictates, for now. Since I once taught at a Montessori school, it's the curriculum we follow. To be honest, I often feel guilty that she isn't at a real Montessori school, but she is well socialized, not shy and has plenty of park time with kids her age. What really made me feel good about her homeschooling was last week she told me, "B is a bah sound and E is an eheheh sound , Mommy!" I was speechless, then she went on, "...and if D is with them it spells bed, Mommy!" I stood in amazement for a second. I had only been showing her the letters and sounds to introduce her to the fact that letters stand for sounds. I had no idea we were learning to read and spell! She is only three. I felt really good and confident after that and our homeschooling year is off to a great start!

    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 11:05 AM

  • Valerie McElroy
    Valerie McElroy says:

    I am always learning from my students. One of the most important things that I have learned from them is to take short breaks during the day to move. When we stop for a few minutes for a brain break, we are able to to get a lot done throughout the day.

    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 5:23 PM

  • Rachel F
    Rachel F says:

    I am an elementary school teacher. Several years ago, right after winter break one of my students came to me jumping up and down, saying he had to wee, over and over. I could not figure out what was going on as this was a 3rd grader. I told him to calm down and go to the bathroom. He stood there trying to figure out why I told him to go to the bathroom. It wasn't until later in the day when he was telling his friends about his holiday gifts that he was trying to tell me he got a Wii for his gift. I laughed until I cried that day.

    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 7:22 PM

  • vicky s
    vicky s says:

    As the word limit has been expanded, I would like to share this piece of magic with you. It is written by 'Anna', 11 years old, during my time working and sharing with her and her classmates... full of wonder and delight... and really tells us what we should always care for:
    The sense that I felt done and the tiniest, tiniest part of my heart and soul I felt moved and no one but me can describe the feelings and the sense of power and emotion and whoever knew you can describe that feeling. I know at the end of this very majestic, moving, heartwarming and treeful day I’ll go home so brainwashed on trees. I found the way to look at the perspective of a tree. The small nut of the tree made of the smallest segments. My eyes are fired and scared for life to know so much about a scientific plant known to provide soft, silk textures, spun web, fresh leaves that can make you asleep, a doona yet to be discovered. Comfort in my heart pleasures my soul in a soft way. A cushion can touch your soul in a magic way, the best way possible. I find my ways and paths in my soul and look for my soul. I shut my eyes, image my imagination and think of all the feelings and thoughts.
    These were my first 50 words: My beloved learning experiences are those offered to me by the children with whom I connect. As an artist who works in schools, I feel it’s a privilege to activate deep, wondrous, and challenging creative explorations, hand in hand with the children! PURE JOY [supported by my cosy softstars!!] Mt Clear Primary

    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 7:29 PM



    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 8:47 PM

  • Sarah W
    Sarah W says:

    The moment that comes to mind is my son harvesting his first cucumbers and tomatoes we planted in containers as part of our earth science studies in our homeschool:)

    Posted on September 2, 2015 at 7:11 PM