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Back to School Time

by Ronald A. Rowe August 18th, 2010| Elementary
It's that time again. The bittersweet time of year when we send the kiddos back off to school. Time to check off the list of to do's before we drop them off for the first day.

1) Back to school shopping. Timing is everything. Many states are now offering


by Louise August 2nd, 2010| Elementary
There are not too many memories I have retained from my first year in elementary school, but making origami models is certainly one of them. One of my mother's friends came into the classroom to teach us about origami. Ori means "folding" while kami means "paper." Quite literally, it

Do Politics and Children Mix?

by Ronald A. Rowe July 26th, 2010| Elementary
Do children and politics mix? The obvious answer would seem to be "no," but the issue is a little more complicated than that. Consider that their opinions are going to be shaped by someone - books, movies, TV, friends, teachers - shouldn't we be at the forefront

Tiny Titans

by Ronald A. Rowe July 23rd, 2010| Elementary, Product reviews
Tiny Titans is a monthly comic book published by DC Comics. It was recently awarded the Harvey Award for Best Children's Comic, and with good reason. Tiny Titans succeeds where so many other early education tools fail: kids want to read it.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, the Teen

Summertime Is So DEAR

by Michele July 14th, 2010| Elementary
It's the fourth week of summer vacation, and the kids are enjoying the leisurely pace. There's no reason to rush through the morning routine and no need to keep a strict handle on bedtimes. With no homework and no school, each day finds its own rhythm, typically with a

Vacation Rules

by Ronald A. Rowe July 12th, 2010| Elementary
We all struggle to maintain the balance between discipline and instruction on one side and letting kids be kids on the other. I think I've struck a balance that works for me and for my family - under normal circumstances. But what about circumstances that would best be described

Independence Day

by Ronald A. Rowe July 5th, 2010| Elementary
In honor of Independence Day this weekend, I thought I'd post about another kind of independence. Children start exerting their independence at an early age, and continue to push the boundaries until they leave the nest.

There are so many landmarks along the road to independence, and it is important

Easy Card Games

by Louise June 28th, 2010| Elementary
One of the best types of games you can play with your children is a card game. Why are card games so great? For starters, assuming you already have a deck of cards, you don't have to buy anything for them. There will never be a question about whether

Summer on a Budget

by Ronald A. Rowe June 21st, 2010| Elementary
Summertime, when the kids are home from school, can be a real challenge for parents. If you are fortunate enough to have a stay at home parent in your family, then you have probably skimped and sacrificed to make that possible. And the way things are right

When Mom’s Away

by Ronald A. Rowe June 7th, 2010| Elementary, Helpful Hints

When Mom's away, Dad will have to do. Here's a salute to all the single parents out there. I don't know how you get anything done. My lovely wife is away for a week. "No problem," I told her. I can handle everything.

Now, this is real life, not a

Building Your Child’s Vocabulary

by Ronald A. Rowe May 31st, 2010| Elementary
I remember one of the many concerns I had when my first child was born. I was gravely concerned because I didn't know how to teach him to talk. I had a grasp on how I'd teach him to walk, to play baseball, to treat a lady - but

Getting a Dog

by Louise May 24th, 2010| Elementary, Helpful Hints
Last weekend, my family recently adopted a beautiful, one-year-oldDobermanfrom the Doberman Rescue. Her name is Gracie and we adore her! Though our household has only had a cat for the past few years, Gracie will be the third dog to be a part of our family, so