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Picture Schedules to the Rescue!!

Picture Schedules to the Rescue!!

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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 most patient among us weep when it’s picture day and the cat has just thrown up on the carpet.

Easy Halloween Treats

Easy Halloween Treats

Even the very youngest cooks can get in on the fun with these super-simple Halloween goodies! Tangerine Pumpkins For each pumpkin you will need: • 1 Tangerine/Cutie/small orange of your choice • 1 piece of celery • A knife sharp enough to cut the celery into small pieces Cut the celery into pieces approximately ½…

Autumn in the South Bay and Southern California

Autumn in the South Bay and Southern California

Colorful leaves, chilly nights, cozy sweaters, the last harvest of the year…are signs of a delightful autumn that is happening nowhere near the South Bay. We do have our own hallmarks of fall, though, even if they don’t show up in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog. Here are four local signs of autumn to share…

Problem Solving

Problem Solving

If you are the parent of a school-aged child, California’s Common Core standards are no doubt a daily presence in your life during homework time. Opinions on Common Core are wide and varied, but Common Core, at its heart, is intended to develop problem-solving and analytical skills.

Bringing Back the Joy of Childhood

As we think back to our childhood, what do we remember? What stands out? I propose that we remember different play experiences we had with our friends, with our parents, or even alone. Play is the simple joy of childhood that is an opportunity for children to relish the moment, to imagine, interact, and engage…