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Audiobooks and Literary Podcasts for Kids That Encourage Gratitude

From Stratford’s Head Librarian Keira Pride and Chief Academic Officer Jeanne Huybrechts When we are asked if audiobooks are a good choice for our young readers, our reply is a resounding, “Yes!” Listening to good books read aloud has established benefits – both cognitive and in terms of convenience. The…
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Books to Celebrate the Spooky Season!

The books we have selected for October reading speak to the ‘scary’ season prevalent in many cultures, with tales of ghosts, graveyards, and zombies, and references to folklore and superstitions embedded in both Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos. Scary stories have an enduring appeal, and nearly every fall, psychologists…
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From Stratford Student to Stratford Teacher, Alumna Raquel Bryant Comes Full Circle

Raquel Bryant has returned to her alma mater, Stratford Middle School in San Jose. Walking across the campus on the first day of school and stepping foot inside a once familiar classroom, she reminisces about being a middle school student here and smiles as she recalls all of the fun…
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Pumpkin Science

Exploring the Science of a Pumpkin It’s Fall and that means it’s pumpkin season! It’s that time of year when we are surrounded by all things pumpkin. We eat them, drink them, carve them, and decorate with them. Many of us look forward to the abundance of pumpkin spiced options…
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Tips to Help Navigate This Year’s Return to School

Stratford’s Chief Academic Officer Jeanne Huybrechts shares some thoughtful advice to help us navigate this unique back-to-school year with our children. For nearly all school-age children in our country, school year 2020-21 was non-traditional, featuring many months of online learning and/or hybrid school schedules –perhaps ending with a few weeks…
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