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Attitude of Gratitude

November 29, 2021

Our 7 Mindsets focus for December is Attitude of Gratitude! People who have achieved great lives point to moments of great adversity and challenge when they learned a critical lesson or built the essential skill that allowed them to be successful. Knowing this, we understand why it is important to seek the positives from all […]

Calling Our Cottonwood Stars

November 17, 2021

The leaves are falling all around! I hope you and your kiddos are enjoying the piles and all the beautiful colors. Perhaps you are making leaf rubbings. With the leaves gone, we see the bare tree branches. Dianne Curtis and I were reminded of and wanted to revisit the Native American legend of the Cottonwood […]

Thanksgiving Perspectives

November 10, 2021

Our Multicultural Diversity & Inclusion Perspectives (MDIP) Coordinator has a special message for Thanksgiving: I love Thanksgiving! It’s a wonderful time of the year to spend time with family and friends and remind ourselves of all the things we have to be thankful for. As homeschoolers, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to really explore history […]

It’s OK to Outsource!

November 3, 2021

Can you believe it? It is November! You have been homeschooling for a while now and are finding your groove. You also have likely discovered that there are pivots, U-turns, and adjustments in some areas. That is normal. When you decided to homeschool you added a lot of responsibility to your plate. We see how […]

Sleep Well, Homeschoolers!

October 27, 2021

As parents and caregivers, we all know that children who get a good night’s rest are far more pleasant and reasonable than those who haven’t. This may not be something you’ve considered before, but homeschooled children tend to have more opportunities to sleep longer than children who aren’t. This is yet another reason why homeschooling […]

A Little Bit of Daily Writing has Huge Benefits

October 20, 2021

Our homeschool days are full. My day starts with ideas of what we all need to accomplish and goals (that I try to hold loosely) and inevitably is full of distractions, speedbumps, pivots, and some scrambling. I have had to start to set non-negotiable goals that we do each day no matter what. Math is […]

Reshaping Education with Social Emotional Learning

October 13, 2021

As you have likely noticed, The Cottonwood School is committed to reshaping education and supporting the whole child. A significant piece of this commitment includes prioritizing Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Did you enjoy the first issue of our new SELF Talk newsletter that launched on Monday? We hope you found the resources helpful as we […]

Begin Your Day Together

October 6, 2021

Are there things you’re trying to figure out to work into your school day but struggling to get to? Morning meetings create great opportunities to regularly engage in activities that may be challenging to weave into a schedule already filled with math and language, and history. (You may have also heard of this referred to […]

Find Your Tribe

September 29, 2021

Did you know you are part of a school community that has over 1000 families? That number actually falls short of what we actually have, but I don’t want to overwhelm you as I dive into this week’s topic of finding your tribe. 1000 families sound like an awful lot to weed through to find […]

Happy Fall!

September 24, 2021

Fall is officially upon us! Today marks the first day of the season. When fall starts, I start thinking about apples and pumpkins and falling leaves. It’s an excellent time for our kids to make observations and notice what’s happening in nature around them! As the weather is cooling down, try packing a picnic lunch […]

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