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Kathryn Dowell

Kathryn Dowell
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Oversee Oversights {Observations from Distance Learning}

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With the advent of distance learning, guardians have a unique opportunity of peering into the everyday goings-on of each classroom. Never before has there been such an amount of oversight available. Every utterance and...

How To Be Together Apart {Four Ideas to Stay Connected}

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When we can’t physically be with those we love, we can still create a connection with some ingenuity, snail mail and technology. Here are a few ways to bridge the gap across distances.  Send yourself. Make...

Forever Family {Loving Our Cats, Past and Present}

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During the initial lockdown in spring 2020, we lost our beloved kitty, Lemon. He was my first cat ever; a part of my life before a partner or children. It really was a blessing...

Netflix, Now Chill Out {A Mom’s Version of Netflix and Chill}

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Screen time's a plenty nowadays. But, oh how I long for the mom version of "Netflix and Chill, i.e. "Netflix, Now Chill Out." Here are some pieces of the internet to give you some...
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November Dayton Dozen :: Guide to Family-Friendly Events

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Screen time's a plenty nowadays. But, oh how I long for the mom version of "Netflix and Chill". Here’s "Netflix Now Chill Out". Here are some pieces of the internet to give you some...

A Partner by Any Other Name

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When my partner celebrated their 50th birthday, I said, “I don’t date people in their 50s.” They replied, “We aren’t dating.” Three kids and over a decade together, we are in a monogamous, long-term, unmarried relationship....

Gameschooling Family Time {Learning through Playing Games}

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Board games have many levels of enjoyment; a shared activity, entertainment, and always an opportunity to learn by incorporating mental, physical and conceptual practice. Mentally Turn-taking, one-to-one counting, number recognition, deductive reasoning, and sportsmanship are just...

Hashtag Hashtags {Accessibility and Legibility for Everyone}

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Growing up, I learned it as the pound sign on my family’s corded phone. Or also an abbreviation for the word “number,” like the ampersand as “and.” But now, the “#” is a hashtag...

July Dayton Dozen :: Mural & Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

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Due to COVID-19, many events that typically take place in July are canceled or postponed. This year, we thought it would be fun to put together a scavenger hunt around the city and get...

What This Emoji Means

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Being a late adapter to smart phone ownership (Fall 2017), there were many things I was missing the boat on. FB Lives, GIFs, and so many emojis! Today, some things still feel like new.  Before...

Speaking Up and Out

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Distance learning gives a peek into teacher instruction time. Yes, it may be different but is some reflection of how teachers sound or act in the classroom. In the first week of at-home distance learning,...

Together We Make

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Having three kids participating in Cub Scout Pine Wood Derby races, this Scouting Magazine blog post gave me pause - ‘A parent helped build that Pinewood Derby car? Yes, that’s the point.’ This is just...

Ask Someone This: Do You Have What You Need?

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Ever listen to someone and their words ring inside your head, years later? A friend long since moved away, spoke to me in this way. They explained how bicycle riding repairs would present their...

February Dayton Dozen

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Even though it's the shortest month of the year, February can often feel like it takes forever! Don’t worry, if you find yourself needing to get out of the house – we’ve got you...