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Learning Over the Summer

by Joe Lawrence June 29th, 2016| Elementary, School
“No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks” were the Alice Cooper lyrics I sang as I crossed the threshold from my classroom to the freedom that awaited. Then summer was time for us to dump all that we learned throughout the year. I think this is
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Play Safe This Summer in the Water

by Tania Cowling June 22nd, 2016| Elementary, Safety
These days everywhere you turn there is some body of water – whether it’s a pool, beach, or lake. Drowning is a major cause of death in children, especially during the summer months. Does your child know how to swim? This should be on the top of your parenting “to-do”
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Benefits of Elementary-Aged Kids in the Garden

by Joe Lawrence June 15th, 2016| Elementary, Seasonal
Elementary-aged children are extremely curious little creatures. Curious about everything except new foods and apparently vegetables. There is a very easy way for parents to get kids excited about vegetables and trying new foods all keeping them busy: gardening.

We are fortunate that our daughter is willing to at least try
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Quick Healthy Recipes for Kids

by Editorial Team June 15th, 2016| Elementary
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Good food is essential for growth and a healthy life. Kids can eat just about any food or snack at their disposal whenever they are hungry. Keeping the family healthy and happy is easy to achieve by simply preparing a healthy meal at
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Tips on Giving Praise to an Elementary-aged Child

by Tania Cowling June 8th, 2016| Communication, Elementary
Praise is a tricky subject with parents. Do I do enough praising or when is too much of a good thing bad? I believe that praise (those good compliments) is a great way to build a child’s self-esteem. But, on the other hand, a child must realize that having high
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3 Ways to Prepare Your Child to be Around Older Children

by Joe Lawrence June 1st, 2016| Elementary, Social
One of the challenges we will face as parents is the integration of our children into older crowds. As they go off to elementary school, they are primarily with their peers but still have many interactions with older kids from other grades. As parents this can create some challenges and
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Children Learn Respect from Good Role Models

by Tania Cowling May 25th, 2016| Behavior, Elementary
The most effective way kids learn respect is by watching the important adults in their lives act respectfully. One of the biggest complaints today is that kids don’t respect their elders the way children used to. Is this a generational myth or true? I think kids need to learn self-respect,
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Taking Flight with your Child and Surviving!

by Joe Lawrence May 18th, 2016| Elementary, Seasonal
The finish line is in sight for our children. School is almost out for the summer and for many that means vacation time. There is planning around every detail of the trip; however, many do not think about the actual plane ride itself. This moment of forced containment can be
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End School With a Fun Learning Plan

by Tania Cowling May 11th, 2016| Elementary, School
As your child ends another school year, the same question comes to mind. Will my young learner retain a school year’s worth of knowledge over the summer? Unfortunately, there are no guarantees they will. When I taught school, parents would ask, “What can we do over the summer to help
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Two Ideas to get Kids Active in a Crazy World

by Joe Lawrence May 4th, 2016| Elementary, Entertainment
It still amazes me that kids today have to be reminded to be active or that being active is not a “norm.” However, once we can show children how to find enjoyment while being active, they gain many benefits.

I remember growing up and never being in my house unless it
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Bring Out the Board Games Instead of TV

by Tania Cowling April 27th, 2016| Elementary, Seasonal
Each year a national initiative aims to make turning off the television a rewarding experience. It’s a time to help families reconnect and children rediscover the simple joys of activities other than digital entertainment. Screen-free week varies from April to May, with 2016’s week from May 2-8. I say, why
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Bullies are Easily Handled

by Joe Lawrence April 20th, 2016| Elementary, Safety
“If he does it again, hit him and he will stop.” This is the advice many of us received as youth while discussing the school bully. For many generations the way to deal with bullies was to out-maneuver them or to stand up to them. Thankfully, there are much better
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