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School Begins at Bedtime

School Begins at Bedtime

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Getting out the door and off to school can be stressful and a morning dread! The key is planning; not just by the parents, but kids can also help to create a more “peaceful” morning. Along with this is a great teaching opportunity re: organizing & planning skills from grade school on.

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Art: Process Vs Product

Art: Process Vs Product

Our kiddos make such treasures during preschool and elementary school. I have portfolios filled with finger paintings, drawings, collages, stories and more. It is so free, so expressive and so honest. I’ve recently stumbled upon my boys’ artwork and realized the works of art that really stand out to me are the ones that they…

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Picture Schedules to the Rescue!!

Picture Schedules to the Rescue!!

Morning routines are one of the most challenging times of day for families with children. Getting people up and out the door in time is a daunting task to begin with, and children are still getting the hang of things like time and focus and following verbal instructions, a skill deficit that could make the…

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Back To School….Easy Or Exhausting?

Back To School….Easy Or Exhausting?

Getting back to school, after an easy going summer, can be something families look forward to, or NOT! Kids look at it as getting back to hanging out classmates and friends they haven’t seen all summer and making new friends. Not looking forward to, may include getting back to schedules and homework.

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Kids In The Kitchen

Kids In The Kitchen

Kids, in a busy kitchen, at various ages can be a “help” or a “hindrance.” At an early age they want to be where you are, and many times that is in the kitchen. Unless they are in a high chair they are just running around and “getting in the way.” However, at the correct…

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The Art of Summer

The Art of Summer

Happy Summer! It’s my favorite time of the year and I again ask how can the school year go by so quickly!? As my boys continue to grow up, each summer I ask myself how can I provide the best experiences and memories for them. Each year it really varies. I know I need some…

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May Baskets—A Sweet Surprise!

May Baskets—A Sweet Surprise!

Looking for a fun family activity with an element of service and surprise? May baskets are a charming way to celebrate the coming of spring while spreading a little joy to friends and neighbors. Plus, kids of all ages can enjoy this activity! The concept is simple: on May 1st, the giver leaves a small…

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The “NEW” Spring Cleaning

The “NEW” Spring Cleaning

Today’s spring-cleaning is not the same today as in our mother and grandmothers’ day. Yes. Spring does still conger up thoughts of opening the windows and freshening up the house. So, go for it with these quick tips to help you “spring” into action.

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Coloring In The Lines

Coloring In The Lines

How many times have we all heard parents say to their child, “color in the lines.” The demand to “stay within the lines” usually starts with preschool and is often reiterated through early elementary school as children learn how to work spatially, visually and learn to express themselves.

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A Commitment To Play

A Commitment To Play

As we kick off 2017, what a great opportunity to renew our commitment to the Art of Play. Our culture is filled with “busyness”…classes, homework, the driving to and from and more. I know that the intensity of the school year no matter if your child is in preschool or middle school is just jammed…

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