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Avoiding Brain Drain During Winter Vacation

For thousands of school children, a magical time has arrived:  Two weeks of winter vacation! This time of year is wonderful for spending time with family and friends.  Whether you’re baking cookies, telling stories, or just relaxing, these two weeks are a much needed break for many people.  But what about your brain?  Is it taking a break too? Research shows that a stimulated

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Give the Gift Of Time

I only have two children and I find it hard to make sure that I spend some alone time with each of them each day. During the holiday break, we have an opportunity to five the gift of time – special time to spend together. Give the Gift Of Time We parents know spending quality time with our children is one of the best

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Homework Success

Homework success is possible with some planning and scheduling. When homework time is organized and effectively managed, it creates a good foundation for students and provides an environment that is the enemy to distraction. Setting up a homework routine can effectively reduce disruptive behavior. Organize a homework environment by: – setting up a predetermined schedule -establish a predictable routine -create a safe and productive

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Forts

Every year my son gets involved in building a fort indoors. Since he’s always built them with blankets, chairs, sheets, clothespins, folding chairs, boxes, cushions etc, it’s always been a safe activity he could enjoy without us hovering. This year, he announced he wanted to build his fort outdoors, with actual wood and nails. Our first instinct was to be worried, but then we

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Activities to Develop Visual Skills

Developing visual skills includes visual memory, eye and movement coordination and pattern recognition. There are a lot of ways to help this development in your child via activities and games. Here are some examples of activities to strengthen your child’s visual ability, depending on their age and ability. -Playing with manipulative toys like Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys,  Lego and stacking blocks -Hammering nails into

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Activism

There is still plenty of time this summer for our kids to learn and participate in social and environmental activism. By helping, changing a life, making a difference, kids can learn how good it feels to get involved in a meaningful way and give back. Activism is not just for adults. Children of all ages can bring about vast change in the lives of

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Kids Construction

Building projects are an awesome way to stimulate logic, expand imagination, develop spatial reasoning skills and teach kids problem solving. Experienced parents would agree that construction and building toys are absolutely necessary to unlock the imagination and encourage your child’s unique creativity. Construction toys can range from blocks, like Lego, to cardboard bricks to magnets. Children get to be in charge with these toys-

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Bug Watching

One of the most fun past times is watching bugs in their natural environments. Even the initial search is an adventure.  Play the great bug search satisfies kid’s exuberant curiosity and wonder for hours on end. All bugs are interesting but ants in particular are so busy they are endless source of entertainment and education. As your child watches the ants,  he can learn

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Family and Consumer Science

Family and consumer science, or home economics, is the study of nutrition, cooking, parenting, interior decoration, textiles, gardening, and other practical aspects of home management. These skills have long been attributed as a requirement to the feminine gender only and have in the last twenty years or so completely fallen off the map. I realized this when I realized our local schools do not

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Summer Jobs

If your child wants to make some cash this summer, do not discourage them.  Kids as young as 13 year olds can make money by putting in some effort in finding a quality job. Prepare your child by providing the following life-long advice: -Always apply in person before noon. If he or she applies in the morning, it shows motivation -He should dress like

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