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Taking Amazing Childrens Photos 9 Favorite Lapbook Projects for Fun and Easy Learning Homeschooling Can Ruin Your Marriage Get More Out of Family Meals Do Longer School Days Equal Smarter Kids?
 
Taking Amazing Childrens Photos

Taking Amazing Childrens Photos

As a professional photographer in Bend Oregon I’m constantly asked for advice on how to take photos of kiddos.  The category “kiddos” is distinct from newborn and older children and ranges from the age of 1 to about 5 years of age.   This article is aimed towards the average mom or dad who doesn’t have […]

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 […]

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 […]

Get More Out of Family Meals

Get More Out of Family Meals

You’ve probably heard a zillion times that eating together as a family is good for you. Studies show doing this a few times a week help kids to do better in school, take fewer risks, and learn to communicate better? But how are you supposed to get them there when everyone’s lives are hectic, filled, […]

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 […]



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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10 Fun Freebies for Families

10 Fun Freebies for Families

The grocery bills keep rising, the costs of music lessons seem to snip holes in the pocketbook, and orthodontist bills just prepare you for college bills. Raising kids is an expensive adventure. That is why I absolutely love finding free bargains that give a little boost to our days. Some of these are things that […]

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7 Ways to Develop Focus

7 Ways to Develop Focus

And Build Attention Spans in Kids A child doesn’t have to be diagnosed with ADD or adhd in order for you to experience that exasperated feeling when he just won’t pay attention. While this is a common theme and underlying driver for why parents and educators investigate the possibility of something more than an inability […]

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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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Printables to Encourage Reluctant Readers

Printables to Encourage Reluctant Readers

Setting Reading Goals and Reaching for the Stars Are you a bookworm but you are raising a book-balker? A child who balks at most of the books you suggest from the shelves and who would rather shovel the snow and clean the toilets before willingly grabbing a book to devour? Many educators and parents are […]

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Recess Makes for Better Grades

Recess Makes for Better Grades

The Many Benefits of Physical Activity During the School Day If you ask my nephew about his favorite times of the school day – he doesn’t hesitate to answer recess, gym, and lunch. And he is not alone in this category of kids who just can’t wait to get away from their desks and face […]

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What is Your New Year’s Resolution, Mom?

What is Your New Year’s Resolution, Mom?

Out of the Mouths of Babes What is your New Year’s Resolution, Mom? This is the question my 9-year-old posed to me yesterday – which made me pause to even wonder why a 9-year-old would contemplate this goal-setting tradition. So I did what any parent who isn’t prepared with an answer might do – I […]

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Scream Free Parenting

Scream Free Parenting

Is It Really Possible – and Effective? Parenting – it’s not about the kids. This is the ironic message that is delivered in Scream Free Parenting, by Hal Edward Runkel. According to Runkel we are too focused on our kids, too ready to help them, control them, mold them, and be with them. We scream […]

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