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Kindergarten Transition: Social Emotional Skill Building

Social emotional skills feel a little squishy, don’t they? These skills include a child’s ability to manage emotions, follow expectations and limits, take care of their own needs, make friends and build relationships with peers and adults, solve social problems and...

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Kindergarten Transition: What if someone is mean to my kid?

What is it like to send your child to kindergarten? Imagine sending your very heart in to the world. Vulnerable. Exposed. It is hard to imagine how this tiny person will navigate the school bus, classroom expectations, and the social dynamics of the playground. For...

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Kindergarten Transition: Easing Anxious Hearts and Minds

Spring is here and that means kindergarten registration is upon us! For some kids the very idea of kindergarten can cause anxiety. When I taught preschool, I noticed children became a bit apprehensive or fearful when we talked about kindergarten-readiness. After all,...

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Mr. Dabbs’ Fifth Grade Class Sacrifice for Others Every fall for the past 6 years, My Dabbs’ mentions the subject of charity and giving back to his incoming 5th Grade class at Washington Elementary in Mount Vernon.  He offers the class relevant information and asks...

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You are the Change

Every April as the tulips are set to bloom United Way staff, Board Members, business and non-profit partners, local government officials and community leaders convene at the Swinomish Lodge.  We come together to celebrate our collective success, recognize key partners...

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