Natural Learning School: Down-and-dirty lesson offers more than garden-variety learning

By Kandra Kolehmainen When you think of the ideal preschool and kindergarten, do you think of bright colors, interesting materials, lots of movement and children being creatively engaged? Do you see children learning best through hands-on exploration and believe that a creative and stimulating environment is a wonderful beginning to their education? Not only do many people believe this is ideal, but education research supports it as...

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A Sugar-Free Cat

By Trisha Gurley By now the new year isn’t quite so new anymore, and myself, my husband and my ever-awesome cat Milton have settled in to 2012. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I have promised to look out for my health and the health of those I love. Milton the cat is no exception, of course. As I’ve mentioned previously in this column, Milton has diabetes. Until his diagnosis, I’d never...

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Experiential learning at the Natural Learning School

By Kandra Kolehmainen Picture a beautiful, fall day. All around you the world is filled with movement and life. Looking up, you see a sky full of trees, branches bending back and forth, propelled by a strong, invigorating breeze. Leaves are falling to the ground in unique patterns, sometime smooth and beautiful, other times in a zigzag rush. On the ground, leaves are blowing across the yard as bushes flutter and the grass lies...

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Gifts that inspire learning

By Dr. D. Jackson Maxwell and Laura Smith ‘Tis the season for exchanging gifts. Unfortunately, this can be a time of uncertainty and anxiety. What do our friends and family really need, value, or want? What can I give them that will have a positive impact on their lives or make lasting memories? Hopefully, this column will provide you with a few ideas for gifts that will be remembered. Family memberships to a museum or park are gifts...

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BOOKWORM: An interview with author and Burke’s Books owner Corey Mesler

By Diana Owen Cooper-Young’s very own Corey Mesler was kind enough to let me pick his brain after I was bowled over by his poetry. I am about to head to Burke’s Books to pick up his latest book, Gardner Remembers, and per Corey, it’s “a novel told in the form of an interview with (fictional) Memphis musician, Buddy Gardner. It’s small enough to carry in your back pocket or to fit into your Christmas...

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BETTY’S WORLD: The secret to staying young while getting old

By Betty LaMarr There are more people interested in finding the fountain of youth than the Holy Grail. Cosmetic products and plastic surgery are industries that bring in billions of dollars each year. We try to hold on to our youth for the things it represents – beauty, vitality, fun. But instead of trying so hard to cling desperately to our youth, why don’t we focus our energy on bringing these same qualities into old age with us?...

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