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What will Phil say?

What will Phil say?

January 28, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Thousands will gather in Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, to watch as the world’s most famous weather wizard makes his annual prediction. As he emerges from his burrow, television stations around the world will broadcast his movements. According to tradition, after Phil emerges from his burrow on Feb. 2, he speaks […]

Toys that teach prove valuable long after the holidays

December 8, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

A look of alarm crossed my son’s face when I suggested there would be only learning gifts under the tree this year. “That’s a horrible idea,” he said, as visions of flash cards, “boring educational books,” dictionaries and maps danced through his head. I assured him he had nothing to fear – most of the […]

Winter solstice: Shadows are longest, daylight is shortest this time of year

December 7, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Shorter days and longer nights are the norm in the Northeast this time of year. Instead of begrudging the diminished daylight, use the coming December solstice as an opportunity to help your child learn some science. The winter solstice is considered the start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere – or at least the astronomical […]

The comfort of traditions

November 24, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

The suggestion that we “do something different” this Thanksgiving was met by a long silence. “Why would we do something different?” asked our daughter, her tone incredulous. The start of college this past August has meant a time of significant adjustment for our oldest child. She and our two other children have only ever known […]

Thanksgiving is not just about Pilgrims

November 24, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Thanksgiving and Pilgrims usually go together. For most people, the holiday conjures up images of black and white garb with buckles on the hats and shoes*. At this time of year, we ponder a primitive feast 400 years in our past shared between a handful of English settlers and their Wampanoag neighbors. But, Thanksgiving isn’t […]

Roll up your sleeves for some science in the kitchen

November 24, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

The kitchen is a popular place during the holidays – and a perfect location to introduce your child to the “magic” of science. Children are naturally curious and more inclined to learn about something that interests them. Introducing them to science at a young age – and in a fun way – can be a […]

Busy beavers are members of nature’s classroom

Busy beavers are members of nature’s classroom

November 12, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

They’ve been called master architects and engineers, but they’ve never spent a day in an actual classroom. Instead, they perfect their innate talent by watching and doing. They’re beavers, an animal we became curious about when we noticed several trees down alongside a small pond near our house. They leave in their wake a telltale […]

Sing a little song, do a little dance

Sing a little song, do a little dance

July 28, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

While growing up, summer always meant several things to me, no school, nice weather, family vacation, but most importantly, summer camp. Between camp and community events, there are plenty of activities where children can have fun while enriching their time away from school. Summer is the perfect time to have fun with learning that focuses […]

You’re a grand old flag, you’re a high flying flag

June 10, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

More than 100 years after the Second Continental Congress adopted our nation’s flag on June 14, 1777, a young schoolteacher in Waubeka, Wisconsin, assigned his students an essay on what the flag meant to them. It was the first Flag Day. We celebrate Flag Day this week, as communities stage parades and schools hold ceremonies […]

Pause to honor the meaning of Memorial Day

Pause to honor the meaning of Memorial Day

May 23, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

As the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day brings up thoughts of barbecues, outdoor fun and, of course, a day off from school. It’s also important to also acknowledge the meaning of the holiday and share with children the importance of honoring those men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our […]