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August

Bridging the Gap: Home and School

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School doors are opening or are about to open all over the country. Open houses are set and children are excited to return to school. How can we as parents continue the learning that is occurring in the classroom? Parents

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August

STEM Gives Kids Roots

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STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, is the “root” of our entire world. The highest paying and most in-demand careers will be in STEM-related fields. Even people who do not work in STEM fields will find themselves needing technology and

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August

The Top 3 Apps to Help Your Kids Get Ready for School

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Image courtesy of Marcus Kwan ( via Flickr Creative Commons)https://www.flickr.com/photos/aperturismo/4488285832 It’s no secret – we live in an increasingly technological age, and every day, we see headlines showing how our children are quickly growing up to be dependent on their handheld

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August

Talking to your kids about Bullying

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In most of the United States, children are heading back to school or will be, soon. As you check off your school supply and errand list, add this task: “Talk about bullying.”Bullying behavior can start as early as preschool and

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August

How to Encourage Creative Thinking in Your Children

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As a parent I often wonder, how can I embrace and encourage my children’s creativity? Over the years I have tried different things, some more successful than others. I remember when the kids were really little, the contents in the

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July

“Sure Mom, I’ll help you!” Tips on Raising Helpful Kids

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To simply raise a child to be happy, healthy, self-confident and independent is a feat in itself. It is the most rewarding and challenging job of any person’s life. All parents want their children to be good people and to

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July

Communication is Key!

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Communication is the foundation of human society. Without effective communication, we never would have been able to coordinate hunts, divide labor, organize urban centers, or enjoy the fruits of civilization.Communication is also at the root of so many parenting issues.

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July

Staying Water Safe this Summer

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At a recent pool party for graduating second graders, I was one of only two parents who stayed. I don’t think of myself as a helicopter parent. I don’t hover at the playground or linger at school drop-offs. Around water,

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June

Using Play as a Method to Teach!

Young Boy Playing at Montessori/Pre-School

One child is sitting at a desk, completing a teacher-assigned worksheet. Another child is arranging small pebbles around a drawing she made in the mud with a stick.Which child is learning?Parents may be surprised to discover that the child who

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June

A Sizzling Summer without the Learning Loss

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We love summer: trips to the beach, parades, fireworks, picnics, long, lazy days, and the opportunity to learn! School is out but that does not mean the learning is over. While some studies show a “learning loss” of up to