Reflective Renewal

finding meaning and inspiration in children's literature

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The power of children’s books outside the classroom

March 17th, 2010 by lauree · 6 Comments · children's books

As we celebrate the newness of spring, of birth and rebirth in our lives, consider how the beauty and simplicity of children’s literature and our connection as women can be equally celebrated and nurtured.

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What was your favorite book as a child?

December 14th, 2009 by lauree · 6 Comments · children's books

I posed this question to my Facebook friends recently and the flood of replies seemed to signal how much we all relish the chance to be kids again.

More than the titles of books, I saw in the responses a sincere joy in remembering the sensory feel of the pages, the vivid illustrations, and where they were or who they were with when they first discovered reading.

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Understanding & collaboration found in Where the Wild Things Are

November 9th, 2009 by christine · No Comments · Creativity

As teachers, do you ever feel misunderstood and yearn for a school where you share a common vision and can easily collaborate with others?  Well, you are not alone.  I often feel that way. I couldn’t help but think of those same, vulnerable feelings when I re-read Maurice Sendak’s 1963 picture book Where the Wild [...]

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Go on and be fancy. Nancy says it’s ok

November 5th, 2009 by lauree · 2 Comments · Creativity

The lesson for me in Fancy Nancy is to share your individuality with the world, and to be appreciated for it. It is also about values.

I think most of us think we know our values without stopping to consider what they are. Case in point: fancy. Reading Fancy Nancy I was reminded how I have always thought of it as an interest, not on par with health and career, my “real” values.

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Cloudy with a chance of creativity

October 29th, 2009 by lauree · 3 Comments · Creativity

Christine wrote this week about reflection as it relates to the book and movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. As a coach and avid photographer what I found in the pages was inspiration for my own creativity — and I hope for yours too. As Christine experienced in her classroom of 4th graders, the [...]

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Playing school

October 13th, 2009 by christine · No Comments · Uncategorized

I genuinely wonder, why can’t we just sit back, relax, and look at children’s books for our clues? The literature sheds such light on our lives, which then impacts our teaching and everything else we do.

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Everything I learned about life, I learned from a children’s book

October 13th, 2009 by lauree · No Comments · Uncategorized

Welcome to Reflective Renewal! The idea behind it is a simple one: if the life lessons we teach children are so fundamental, then they are just as meaningful and relevant to us as adults as well.

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