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Learning through Osmosis

Who says learning needs to stop after kids exit the school building? Most parents enroll their children in afterschool activities geared to direct and guided learning of some sort. How about setting things up so that children  learn without realizing they are learning? “Learning through osmosis” is an analogy for natural, organic and  indirect way of learning. To learn through osmosis means to learn

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Survival Training

For his birthday, my husband received a Disaster Survival book. He put it on a shelf and forgot about. I have seen my son reading it more than once, with avid interest.  When I asked him if he liked it, he responded, sagely, I think this  is the kind of information everyone should know. It makes sense as parents that we make sure to

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Appreciating Teacher – An Important Relationship

At afterschool playgroup the other day, we were discussing teachers and how under-appreciated they often are. Our children have a great teacher who takes a lot of time out of her own life to help our kids.  Everyone likes to be told that they’re doing a great job and we can help our children do just that by just doing one of the below,

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Food Allergies Can Affect Mood

We have been lucky in our lives not to encounter any serious food sensitivities in our children. I do know of many friends and family who deal with this- in some cases, it’s been very serious. Though my friends stories are all different, one thing always remains constant. They almost all say food sensitivities affect the mood and personality of their children. They only

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Helping Their Self Esteem

Its wonderful when you can provide activities for your kids that are fun but which also help them build self esteem. Really, children can never have too much self- esteem, so even if you have a confident child, it doesn’t hurt. If you are wondering what signs to look for to check how your child self- confidence holds up, ask yourself these questions: –

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Old Photos Tell the Story

When they came up with the term visual learner, they could have molded it from my son. He has to see it to believe it, know it, and understand it. All our learning has to be punctuated by something visual before we can go into the doing. Encyclopedias, the internet and old history books, all with their plethora of photos, illustrations, graphs etc, help

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Reading ‘Round the World!

According to the World Almanac, there are 193 countries in the world.  In those 193 countries, there are at least 6900 languages spoken!  That number of languages is hard to even imagine.  The world record holder for most languages spoken is 58.  That’s only about .8% of the total languages. With that many different ways to say “Hello,” it’s easy to think that people

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Stories for Kids | What is a Caracal?

Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences Grade Level: Upper Elementary A caracal is a carnivorous (meat-eating) mammal that belongs to the cat family.  Its habitat is the dry savannas, scrublands, and rocky hills of Africa and the Asian countries of Arabia, Afghanistan and India. The caracal has a long, slender, muscular body and powerful legs.  It has the ability

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Jack and the Cornstalk | Literary Elements

Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Literary Elements Grade Level: Middle elementary Jack and the Cornstalk A farmer sent his son Jack to check how high the corn was growing. Jack was a very short boy, so he brought a ladder with him. He was so small he made his ladder from pencils. Jack leaned his ladder up against one of the corn stalks.

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