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Technology for Kids in the 21st Century.

Posted on: Thursday, February 6th, 2014 in Activities for kids, Conversation with kids, Conversations with kids, Critical Thinking Skills, Homework, parent involvement, Reading, Technology and kids, Technology for kids

The 21st century has brought so much new technology to us that options of how to keep the kids busy is limitless.  Tired parents (or in our case grandparents) are lucky to have access to countless educational television programs and digital … read more »

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A Family Vacation Circa 1913. What is that all about?

Posted on: Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 in Activities for kids, Critical Thinking Skills, Family Activities, Imagination, Kid's imagination, Kids doing Research, parent involvement, Summer Activities for Kids, Summer learning loss

Tick tock – the summertime clock is quickly ticking away, Summer is coming to a rapid end.  For many families the end of August is vacation time, or, to just totally relax after organized summer activities have ended and before … read more »

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Is it Time to Listen to the Kids?

Posted on: Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 in Conversation with kids, Critical Thinking Skills, Listening to kids, parent involvement

Three weeks into July and I’m sure there are many of us who are just hoping for a moment of quiet and solitude.  There is no doubt that summertime with the kids can, at times, be a little tiring.  So … read more »

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A Fun Summer Research Project to Keep the Kids Thinking.

Posted on: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 in Activities for kids, Critical Thinking Skills, Family Activities, Kids doing Research, parent involvement, Summer, Summer learning loss

The weather has certainly been interesting this past month; record rainfalls in the east and heat waves setting new highs in the west.  If school were open, no doubt, these events might have inspired a research project. As knowledgeable parents you … read more »

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Summer Learning Loss, Part 3.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 in Activities for kids, Conversations with kids, Critical Thinking Skills, Family Activities, Library, parent involvement, Reading with kids, Summer Activities for Kids

Last week we suggested a trip to the library to help stop the summer learning slide.  But what happens when you get to the library and your children selects books that they are not able to read?   When it comes … read more »

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Summer Learning Loss, Part 2.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 in Conversation with kids, Conversations with kids, Critical Thinking Skills, Family Activities, parent involvement, Reading, Reading tips for kids, Summer, Summer learning loss

Summertime is only a few days away and school vacation quickly follows the arrival of summer.  Many of us may remember a favorite childhood chant we use to scream – No more teachers – no more books … BUT wait … read more »

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Books to help prevent summer brain drain. – Book Suggestions – 05/17/13

Posted on: Friday, May 17th, 2013 in Activities for kids, Book recommendations, Critical Thinking Skills, Family Activities, parent involvement, Reading with kids, Summer, Summer learning loss

Our blog this week was about Summer Learning Loss or, as it’s more commonly know, Summer Brain Drain.  These book suggestions are for kids and parents who are concerned with Summer Learning Loss and would like to start planning how … read more »

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Time to start planning how to avoid the dreaded Summer Learning Loss.

Posted on: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 in Conversation with kids, Conversations with kids, Critical Thinking Skills, Family Activities, parent involvement, Reading, Reading tips for kids, Summer, Summer learning loss

It’s only the middle of May and we are already hearing from many parents wondering what to do so that the dreaded summer learning loss can be avoided.  For our new followers, summer learning loss is defined as loss of … read more »

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Books for Kids About Other Cultures – Book Suggestions – 04/04/13

Posted on: Thursday, April 4th, 2013 in Activities for kids, Book recommendations, Books, Conversation with kids, Critical Thinking Skills, Cultures, Listening to kids, Other Cultures

Our blog this week was about having the kids do a research project about other cultures and comparing it to their own culture.  This would be the basis for a discussion with the family.  Not only will this encourage kids … read more »

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Cultures and Traditions.

Posted on: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 in Activities for kids, Conversation with kids, Conversations with kids, Critical Thinking Skills, Family Activities, parent involvement

The “spring” holidays are over!  In preparation for this wonderful season – many families were very busy – getting the house ready for company, shopping for new clothes, and most likely doing some cooking.  Each family has their own set … read more »

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