Happy Halloween!

    October 31, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    This Halloween, let’s pledge to make it an inclusive one! Purchase non-food treats to put in your treat bowl so every kid can put something in their pumpkin. Save the loud, spooky decorations until later in the evening so sensory kids can participate in the festivities without fear.  Remember that a culture’s traditional dress is […]

    Libraries Need to Purchase Diverse Books

    October 24, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    I love libraries. My children and I frequent them monthly to stock up on great reads! Recently I have been frustrated because many of the amazing diverse books I am learning about from @tututteacher are not in my local library! If they are in the system, it takes a while for the book to arrive […]

    Season Changes and New Clothes

    October 10, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Season changes can be the worst when you have a sensory kid. It used to fill me with dread. Now that my sensory kiddo is older, she controls her wardrobe and the transition is much smoother. She avoids the things that bother her and sticks to a pretty standard year round wardrobe. But until your […]

    Get Outside Like Minna- The October Edition

    October 3, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    October is here and the air finally feels like autumn.  The smell of cinnamon and freshly bakes apples is continually in the air and the leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow. Fall is my favorite season in upstate New York. My children are now old enough to question why the leaves […]

    Get Outside Like Minna!- The September Edition

    September 12, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Can you name the plant in this picture?   Let me give you some hints. 1. They are found along the edges of ponds and in marshes. 2. They can be used to make mats and baskets. 3.  They share their name with a favorite household pet. If you guessed CAT TAILS, you are correct! […]

    Back to School

    September 3, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Third Day of my 15th year of teaching. Today is Friday September 6, 2019 My boss’ name is Mr. Barnard I am 39 years old When I grow up, I want to be a story keeper. I want to be the person who hears and remembers the tales long after others have forgotten. To recall […]

    July Summer Reads

    July 25, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    The older I get, the more I marvel over what memories stay with me. For instance, I remember the first book that really sat with me. It was a book I chose to read myself. I was in 6th grade and I found it in the school library. Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry by […]

    Minna Anthony Common and Me

    June 27, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    As another school year draws to a close and before all of the summer fun begins, I like to take a moment to reflect. I couldn’t help but think how the tenets of Minna’s life really resonate currently with my own. While we came to these principals through different paths, I think we arrived at […]