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The Flat Stanley Project

Do you remember the book by Jeff Brown called Flat Stanley? It was a childhood staple when I was little, but for the past 15 years or so, the story has taken on a whole new role. Flat Stanley is not only a picture book, but it can also be a creative and fun way for learning geography, math, writing, science, cultures – the list

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101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home

While perusing a home furnishing store with my sister, I came upon a neat little book by David Bordon and Tom Winters: 101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home. With four children of my own, the title alone drew me to open it. What were these 101 things, and had we actually done any of them? The List Upon first inspection,

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Life Saving Techniques for Kids

A recent scare in our household highlighted for me how important it is for children to know some basic life saving techniques. My son noticed before I did that his little sister was showing signs of distress and told me right away that she needed help. His quick observation and analysis of the situation saved precious seconds when it counted. Emergencies happen and it’s

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Bed-A-Palooza!

We went on a tour at the local humane society and it was an eye opening experience for my son. He knew how shelters work but seeing it first hand is another thing. What stuck with him was how many of the animals had no beds to sleep on. Some had a towel on the cement floor. Many had nothing, so their days are

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4-H Club

A lot of the kids in our community are part of a 4-H program. I never knew what everyone was talking about but now that we are thinking about taking part in a local club, I want to share what I found as this definitely falls in the category of fun and educational afterschool activity. The 4-H club is a national youth development program

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Community Gardening

About a year ago, a community garden was created in a nearby neighborhood. A community garden is a garden in which many participate come together to work the land, under the guidance of an individual, local government or organization. As a gardening participant, you can sell the food you grow. Who can’t use extra money? This was the selling point for my son to

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Meetups – Where Can You Meet?

In the ever lasting search for playgroups, friends or people with common interests to spend time with, I came across Meetup, an online resource which makes it simple to connect with other people in our community. Meetup is the largest network of self-organized clubs and community groups online. The site makes it easy for anyone to set up a local group or find one

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