Beth Pinyerd Articles

Classroom Observer

Twas the week before Thanksgiving OPINION — We early childhood teachers love this time of year. “Lest You Forget” is a way to connect our Thanksgiving celebration to the first harvest feast and celebration that brought the Pilgrims and native Americans together....

Classroom Observer: Thank winks and sightings

BY BETH PINYERD OPINION — We can teach our children many wonderful lessons during this month of heart felt gratitude. In the early childhood classroom, children seem to quickly catch on to the joy of helping others and saying thank you. During the daily classroom...

Celebrating National Authors Day

BY BETH PINYERD OPINION —This week we enter the National Gratitude Month. This is a time that we can have our children and families focus and express on actions and kindness that we are thankful for. As a teacher, I love this time of the year where children can show...

Home and Harvest Go Together

OPINION —There is just something about the cool weather of fall which turns our hearts and family expectations to home. I call Opelika, Alabama, my home.I was born at Lee County Hospital, which is now East Alabama Medical Center; grew up attending Opelika City...
July 4th Comes Rolling In

July 4th Comes Rolling In

It is so hard to believe that June, with its many summer activities, is coming to a close. But soon we will dive into July fun! I do want to mention...

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July 4th Comes Rolling In

Hold Hands and Stick Together

This past week, the intergenerational community “Story Book Picnic,” sponsored by the Opelika Public Library and Lee Russell Council of Government...

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July 4th Comes Rolling In

Summer Treasures

This past week, I watched as the yellow school buses drove by to pick up students early. As a retired teacher, I knew earlydismissal on this day...

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July 4th Comes Rolling In

Promises of Life Begin

I can clearly remember when I graduated from Opelika High School in 1971 at Clift Hare Football Stadium. I told my daddy and uncle that I was so...

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July 4th Comes Rolling In

  We Welcome May Events

May Day was this past Monday, and from my days growing up in Opelika, I remember that our schools would celebrate May Day with beautiful maypoles...

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July 4th Comes Rolling In

Give a Friend a Hug

OPINION — As early childhood teachers we try to celebrate each day with our classroom of young children.  Wednesday, April 26, is celebrated as “Hug...

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July 4th Comes Rolling In

A Month of Celebrations

OPINION — One thing I absolutely love about growing up in Opelika is that town folks love to tell good jokes and laugh. Laughter seems to bring our...

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