The Marvel of an Ordinary Life: Embracing Simplicity in Parenting

The Ordinary Revolution in Parenting: Rediscovering the Magic in Everyday Moments In a world obsessed with extraordinary achievements, FOMO, and keeping up with the Joneses, William Martin’s words from “The Parent’s Tao Te Ching” resonate deeply: “Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the…

Part TWO: Transforming Classroom Learning with AI

Creating a personalized AI learning assistant for each student, as I wrote about in part one, might seem a little daunting. especially for educators who are not particularly tech-savvy if there are any of those left.  Teachers figured out tech, especially AI quickly. To start this project much of what you’ll be creating will be…

How AI is Transforming Education: Engaging Students while Empowering Teachers

Across the US, AI fears have rendered knee-jerk AI bans in some schools. Fortunately, many of those schools have reversed their decisions. Many schools have embraced AI and have included the tech in their curriculum. This is the correct answer. Obviously, generative AI is raising valid concerns among educators about plagiarism. That’s the first thing…

What I used for Every Science Project – Kenner’s Iconic Girder and Panel Building Sets

If you were a kid in the 70s or 80s, you probably remember Kenner’s iconic Girder and Panel building sets. These classic toys consisted of plastic girders, panels, wheels and other parts that could be slotted together to construct elaborate imaginative structures.

In their heyday, Girder and Panel sets were a hugely popular toy, advertised on TV and allowing kids an engaging, open-ended building experience. But by the mid-80s, the sets were discontinued as video games and Lego emerged as hot new toys.

While Kenner no longer makes them, the creative spirit of Girder and Panel lives on through modern compatible pieces and building sets. In this post, we take a nostalgic look back at the history and legacy of these fondly remembered construction toys. Relive the magic of slots and beams!

A Day in the Life: Exploring the Wonders of Shelburne Museum with Julian

There is an indefinable magic that pervades certain places, making them feel like they are set apart from the world, living and breathing snapshots of times long past. The Shelburne Museum in Vermont is one such place. My son Julian and I have often found ourselves losing hours in the hallowed rooms and gorgeous outdoor…

Dee Dee McGee and Her Musical Knee

Have a scab-picker living under your roof? Imagine what would happen if instead of blood, loud music was released each time the body’s healing powers were interrupted. Here’s a poem about a young girl with a proclivity for picking scabs, and how her knee took it to the next level to stop her. Dee Dee…

Avast, Mates! Set Sail for Creative Kids with the Story Pirates Podcast

Calling all kids (and the young at heart)! Set course for the high seas of creative storytelling with the Story Pirates Podcast.  This award-winning podcast takes a unique approach to storytelling. Instead of your typical tales, the Story Pirates plunder the imaginations of children. That’s right, the source material comes from kids’ own stories! Here’s…