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Getting Creative With Puppets

There’s just something about a puppet show. Even though you know someone is making the puppets move and talk, it’s easy to suspend disbelief for a while and just enjoy the puppets’ antics. What you might not have realized, however, is how much fun kids can have creating a puppet show themselves. And although the children might not recognize it, they will be learning a lot in

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Making Multiplication Fun

I remember a contest our school had when I was in the fourth grade. The challenge was to see which person in each grade could write out the multiplication tables by a certain date, beginning with the ones and going through the twelves. Looking back, I can see I was pretty competitive even then. I wrote and I wrote and I wrote. And I

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The Sound Game – What Do You Hear?

This is a fun sound game you can play with just one child or with a group. It takes a little time to prepare, but it will get the kids listening! Before You Start Find a recording device, such as a tape recorder or a voice recorder on your phone. Go through your home and record familiar sounds. They might include: A squeaky door

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Create It With Sculpey!

Sometimes our days are so busy, it seems like there’s not enough time to get everything done. But then other days have a slower pace. While I welcome those kinds of days, it usually leaves my son saying, “What can I do?” Fortunately, we’ve found a creative answer to that question – modeling with Sculpey! Sculpey is a type of polymer clay that you

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Christmas Traditions Around the World

If your family celebrates Christmas, your children are probably counting down the days. At our house, my son put up three different calendars in three different rooms. He wants to be sure we don’t miss it! During the holiday, we follow a lot of Christmas traditions as well as some of our own. But there are many other interesting and meaningful Christmas traditions out

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Postcard Collection

With a postcard collection, your kids can get connected with friends and family around the globe and learn geography as they do! Here’s how you do it: Make a list of friends and family members who live in a different city than your own. They may live a county away, a few states away, or on the other side of the ocean. Next, gather

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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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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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Encouraging Independence and Self-Reliance

The line between parental responsibility and coddling can sometimes get blurred. I am guilty of it.  I remember all too well how hard being a kid was for me. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing to do everything for children. Take afterschool, for instance.  After a long day of learning, I find myself thinking poor baby, he needs a break. I used

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Crosswords for Kids

When I was a tween, one of my favorite things to do was the newspaper crossword puzzle. I loved the challenge and the great feeling I got from completing it. I know it also gave me an edge at school. At 10, my son enjoys a lot of different kinds of puzzles and challenges, all delivered technologically. I introduced him to crossword puzzles online

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