Dream it! arriving in the mail
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Amazon’s #1 Book in the Dreams category

Thanks for your support, everyone. It has been a great debut for our new book “Dream it!”. We actually earned Amazon’s “#1 New Release” in the “Dreams” category. Hopefully that is a foothold in having the book go mainstream and change the world. I really do think that if the next generation of kids all have inspirational dreams, the world will inevitably become an awesome place.

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The most frequent words in "Dream it!" Word cloud.
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The vocabulary of “Dream It!”

As with most aspects of a children’s book, vocabulary — or should we say diction? — or should we say word choice? — can become a complex topic, especially if you want to teach them new concepts, like how to dream. Even the word “dream” has two very different meanings. Let’s dive a little deeper into this topic and have some fun along the way.

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Dream Workshop Pilot Program. The aftermath of dream drawings. Note this is only 1 corner of the room.
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Our educational philosophy

This is a big topic ranging from educational psychology to cognitive development and from teaching styles to learning styles and much more. But to put it simply: We believe that kids are driven by passion and that they learn by doing — playing. And we believe the concepts, activities and games should be evidence-based, meaning tested and proven in the real world.​

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Dream It! makes its debut in the Magination Press booth at the NYC Book Expo 2018
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Dream It! Debuts in NYC

Happening all week Dream It! is on display front and center at the Magination Press booth at the NYC Book Expo 2018. Please stop by. Or wish us luck! And look what showed up in the mail yesterday. The Magination Press 2018 catalog featuring our very own Donkeycorn. We’re thinking we should make a plushy.

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Parker Woods Montessori mural close up. Caterpillar dreaming of becoming a butterfly mini-story.
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Success — More monarch butterflies and more young readers

Pictured above is the incredible tile wall installed this school year at Parker Woods Montessori. This could tile mosaic could last a 1000 years. I hope my book lasts half that long! Below we highlight some more projects that coincided with our Make-A-Book Project. It was a busy year. Many

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Mirabella the Monarch book, bookmark and cookie
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Butterfly Book Celebration

Finally, the best part of the whole project — the book celebration. Many people told me it was a smash hit. It was amazing to see how proud all the students were to sign their pages in the book. And we were all honored to have hundreds of community members

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PWM teacher student releasing monarch
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Help Save the Butterflies

And make the world a more beautiful place Monarch Resources The #1 site for everything about monarch butterflies: monarchwatch.org including how to track the butterflies. How to plant a butterfly garden or waystation. How to fix a butterfly’s broken wings Monarch Migration Google Earth Tour Educator resources by grade. Cincinnati

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Monarch butterfly made of people school photo
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Making of the Monarch Butterfly School Photo

This is another one of my favorite all-time photographs. Unlike the past 3 photographs where I was standing on the roof of the school, this is photographed using a drone. Technology has really improved in just a few years. The photograph is by Scott Stoll with Tim Spanagel of MasseyGreenAVP.

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glow show spider
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Butterfly Project Updates

There has been a lot of progress happening with the monarch butterfly book and all the related projects. Here are a few highlights, including the mosaic wall by PTO co-president and artist, Kate Demske, called “Faces of Parker Woods Montessori Self-Portrait Mural” with drawings by kids made into 4×4″ tiles.

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