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Afraid Of “Improv”? Simple Is The Best Way To “Silly”

Improv gets me through the winter with kids!   All those long hours of hangin’ indoors, while fending off the inevitable requests for screen-time, can make a parent go bonkers.  You guys who just had a snow day know what I’m talking about. But sometimes it’s best to take a break from structured games and …

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Jocelyn sitting with kids as they clean up putting things away in basket

How To Make Clean Up Fun

Using positivity and playfulness you can transform even the most annoying task of clean up, into a game! Watch this short video I made about the Clean-up Game!  I use this tactic in my classrooms and in my living room.  Learn about positive discipline techniques to make cleaning up more fun.    “Children are incontrovertibly …

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Freeing The Voice Through Play

To free the voice is to free the person – Kristin Linklater, Master  Freeing Voice Teacher Since my casts of Jungle Book Kids and The Witches, have their shows this week, I’ve been thinking a lot about Baloo’s advice to Mowgli. “Go ahead, give me a big bear growl…Right from your toes. GRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.” (there are …

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Young boy doing Animal Yoga with Jocelyn teaching

Move Your Body, Stretch Your Imagination With Animal Yoga

Playground season is over.  It’s officially cold.  Let’s all have a moment of silence.  And then a moment for a silent scream as we contemplate all those after-school and weekend hours that we are about to spend indoors. If you are reading this from California or some such climate, good for you.  But here on …

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Kids Can’t Sleep? Try This Mindful Bedtime Sensory Exercise

Oh, Mr. Sandman? Bring my kid a dream.  Really.  Please? I’m a mom who likes to have a plan.  But try as I might, there is something about bedtime – after bath and brushed teeth and books – that drifts over into the vague.  Not my favorite time of night.   If those eyes are …

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Jocelyn and girl laughing while playing Magic Mirror

Speak And Listen To Your Kids – No Words Required.

In 1989 my parents made a VHS recording of Into the Woods when the B’way show aired on PBS. That tape must have been made of strong stuff since I probably watched it 100 times.  I knew all the words, made up secret handshakes with my best friend to the Sondheim lyrics and dressed as …

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