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Back to School

Back to School

By Allison Banta It’s the first week of school here. At bedtime last night, we read “On the Day you Begin”, as we do every year. It’s a story of a kid and a school and new spaces, and what it feels like to be different. We read it every year because I like...
Neurodiversity in Your Neighborhood

Neurodiversity in Your Neighborhood

by Allison Banta We live in a tiny delight of a neighborhood. The houses are old, the streets are crooked – giant old tree roots rumple the asphalt like waves, making hills and jumps for the braver bike riders. These streets haven’t been repaved in 40 years, and...
Fighting Food Insecurity in Community

Fighting Food Insecurity in Community

by Allison Banta According to the most recent estimates, 1 in 6 kids in this country has experienced food insecurity. 1 in 6. That means when I send my kids to school, an average of 3-4 kids in each of their classes came to school hungry. This is true on any given...
20 Social Justice Books for Kindergarteners

20 Social Justice Books for Kindergarteners

by Allison Banta My children have this innate kid-ability, a delightful maneuver where they always save their most challenging questions to be presented during parent work calls. Or at bedtime. Or when we’re racing to get out the door. If you’re a caregiver, parent,...
Gender Identity – Talk About It.

Gender Identity – Talk About It.

by Allison Banta Talking to kids about gender, pronouns, and identity can be overwhelming. Maybe you had the opportunity to grow up in a family that was good at those conversations. Perhaps openness and curiosity and acceptance have always been your way of life. If...