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Don’t Wake the Baby! Why You Should Be Letting Your Kids Sleep Longer

Don’t Wake the Baby! Why You Should Be Letting Your Kids Sleep Longer

Sleep Turbo-Charges the Brain As the mother of four children I have lived through sleepless nights, toddlers who no longer nap – those precious moments when I could use the bathroom and open the mail without a “helper”, and now – teenagers whose circadian rhythms tell them to live like vampires. Sleep – the constant […]

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Help Your Kids find Careers They Love – With or Without a College Degree

Help Your Kids find Careers They Love – With or Without a College Degree

What do you want to be when you grow up? Miserable? Bored? Frustrated? Tired? These likely aren’t the answers we expect to hear from our kids when people ask them the ever present question about their looming futures. People expect firefighter, teacher, astronaut, football player, or superhero. We don’t want our kids to pursue paths […]

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What in the World is a Lapbook?

What in the World is a Lapbook?

Lapbooks, project packs, and file folder books – they are all referring to the same basic idea of creating a miniature book to reinforce a learning adventure. Becoming popular in the homeschooling world over the past 10 years or so, these options are also being used in classrooms and even daycare centers. The above fun […]

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9 Favorite Lapbook Projects for Fun and Easy Learning

9 Favorite Lapbook Projects for Fun and Easy Learning

I was getting the 7 year itch in homeschooling. I’d tried almost everything – except lapbooking. The kids and I were both stuck in a rut and we needed to do something fast before homeschooling turned into something that looked too much like, well, boring school. And then I found the lapbook that made all […]

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Homeschooling Can Ruin Your Marriage

Homeschooling Can Ruin Your Marriage

For better or worse. In sickness and in health. Perhaps you pledged things like this during your wedding vows, but did you also promise to honor your partner during homeschooling and times of sanity? You might make it through those “broke” years or come out the other side from a life threatening illness, but whether […]

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Do Longer School Days Equal Smarter Kids?

Do Longer School Days Equal Smarter Kids?

Or Are We Just Self-Destructing? If the nation’s children aren’t succeeding in school, it means they need more time in school. Such is the position of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who said that he supports the adding of hundreds of hours to academic calendars. A pilot project which will encompass 20,000 students across several states […]

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Students Aren’t the Only Ones Who Hate Tests

Students Aren’t the Only Ones Who Hate Tests

Teachers Boycott Standardized Exams Parents, students, and more recently, educators, have been questioning the need for and reliability of standardized testing of students. New attention is being given to the argument that standardized testing causes a negative strain on classrooms and curriculums as teachers in Seattle recently decided to boycott standardized exams. The boycott doesn’t […]

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Does My Child Need Preschool?

Does My Child Need Preschool?

It used to be that Kindergarten was the great evening agent – it leveled the playing field as much as possible for children before they entered 1st grade. Those were in the days where kindergarten was half-days, at most, and it consisted of fairy tales, building blocks, and finger paints. Now these traditional kindergarten activities […]

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Tracking Kids with Technology

Tracking Kids with Technology

Does Technology Keep Our Kids Safe or Create Minions? If you’re a parent chances are you have had that heart-stopping moment when you couldn’t find Billy in the grocery store aisle or he didn’t return your call out the backdoor for lunchtime. My first memory of this as a mom came when my distracted toddler was […]

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Does My Child Have ADD or ADHD?

Does My Child Have ADD or ADHD?

The Challenging Questions and Answers Facing Parents Does my child have ADD, ADHD, or another attention stealing disorder like Central Auditory Processing (CAP) Disorder? If you have ever asked yourself this question – you are not alone. Everywhere we turn in the news and in our education systems we hear that ADHD is on the rise. […]

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