Beth Pinyerd

Beth Pinyerd

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Beth is a writer for The Observer

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An educator’s heart

An educator's heart

BY BETH PINYERD OPINION — I would like to share a very special heartfelt tribute in Classroom Observer this week for a teacher and principal who was truly a light and pillar for the Opelika Community over many years. This is a tribute of gratitude...

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Parades, hearts and honesty

CONTRIBUTED TO THE OBSERVER OPINION — After living in Mobile for so many years, I want to say Happy Mardi Gras to Classroom Observer readers by tossing you a moon pie and saying, “I Love You to the Moon and Back!”Mardi Gras is celebrated all over...

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How many more weeks of winter?

BY BETH PINYERD CONTRIBUTED TO THE OBSERVER OPINION — Today is of historical interest, as it marks the anniversary of the first meeting of the United States Supreme Court on Feb. 1, 1790. The Supreme Court is the highest federal court in the land,...

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Winter needs snow, soup, sleep, sharing

BY BETH PINYERD CONTRIBUTED TO THE OBSERVER OPINION —My little dog, Cookie, keeps this fur Mom on a regular routine and schedule. At 6 a.m. she wakes me up for her morning walk. She and I go through the seasons of early morning walks which I love...

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Seeing and appreciating winter all around

BY BETH PINYERD OPINION —I can reflect on this special warm memory like it was yesterday. My mother, the late Marie V. Jones who lived in Opelika all her married life, had moved down to Spanish Fort, Alabama, to be close to me, my husband and...

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Carol in the holiday season

Carol in the holiday season

BY BETH PINYERD OPINION — Over the past few weeks in preschools throughout the community, children have been joyfully singing in the Christmas season. I know personally in reading to preschoolers, who have been in this world for just a few months...

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An educator’s heart

Classroom Observer

Children reflect the wonder of the season OPINION — In putting up Christmas and holiday bulletin boards, reading Christ-mas stories, singing Christmas songs, lights, decorations everywhere, the magic and love of this season is shining everywhere.As...

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Classroom Observer

Lights of holiday love between children and the elderly BY BETH PINYERD OPINION — This week, we as families gather together to celebrate a year of gratitude for all generations. It might have been a tough year in health, financially or with loss of...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Home and Harvest Go Together

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...

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Carol in the holiday season

Celebrate Each Autumn Day

BY BETH PINYERD It is beginning to look like Autumn in the faces of young children. Smiles, more energy, cool air, beautiful Autumn leaves and jackets and sweaters needed. When I was a younger mom, an older lady in the Opelika community — who was...

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Carol in the holiday season

Hop on the Train

BY BETH PINYERD As I drive through downtown Opelika and see the railroad station and the crisscross of tracks, the sights bring back so many good warm memories I had while growing up. Now I am 70 years old, but I remember one certain field trip...

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Our Furever Friends

Before August goes out with summer fun and heat, I want to remind the readers that August is National Dog Month. Right here in the middle of what we call “The Dog Days of Summer,” I wanted to share the benefits of having a sweet pet. My precious...

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Carol in the holiday season

Babies Love Books

I am so very thankful for all the preschool opportunities that God has provided for me, as a Grandma, through Trinity United Methodist Church Preschool; Pepperell Baptist Church which hosts Mothers of Preschoolers, MOPS, and Village Kids; and...

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Tears At the Classroom Door

As school has started back in our preschools, as well as different childcare situations, we might hear that when young children separate from their parents at the classroom door, they do so with tears and crying. As adults, we can all remember...

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Home and Harvest Go Together

The Homework Table

Here we are as students and families head into the second week of school and we begin to take on the adventures of homework. I can remember it like it was yesterday; my mother was a classroom teacher in the Opelika City Schools system and had much...

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Welcome Back to School Classrooms are Ready

Our summer ends on a sweet note with National Ice Cream Sandwich Day on Wednesday, Aug. 2, and National Watermelon Day on Thursday, Aug. 3. But this week, as a community, we are welcoming our students and families back to a new school year. From...

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Expressing Joy In The Middle Of The Storm

Even though it has been very hot in Lee County the past two weeks, I love the way our citizens cope and find ways to deal with this Central Alabama heat. One of those ways is embracing the typical quick and fleeting rain showers. As I look at young...

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