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How to watch the total solar eclipse with your kids

How to watch the total solar eclipse with your kids

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible from coast to coast in the United States for the first time in almost 40 years. The event is being referred to as “The Great American Total Solar Eclipse,” and will start in Salem, Oregon and stretch all the way to […]

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Bridging the STEM gender gap

Bridging the STEM gender gap

March 16, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Today, although to a lesser degree than in the past, women remain underrepresented in the STEM workforce, with the greatest disparities occurring in engineering, computer science and the physical sciences. According to a 2016 report by the National Science Foundation, female students’ achievement and participation in science and math in grades K-12 was on par […]

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Grow healthier eating habits: The benefits of gardening with children

Grow healthier eating habits: The benefits of gardening with children

November 14, 2016 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Recently, dinnertime has become a lot more interesting in my household. Game changer: my nine-month-old son is eating solid foods. So far, pears and sweet potatoes reign supreme, and anything green –beans, peas and avocado, is met with a refusal of shivers and gags. Children not eating their vegetables is an age-old issue, and it’s […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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My garden as my teacher

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

The seed starter kit at the everything-under-$5 store caught my son’s eye. “Mom, we could grow watermelons,” he said excitedly as he grabbed a kit from the shelf. I thought about the sandy soil around our house. “Maybe tomatoes,” I said. We had some success last year with grape tomatoes planted in containers on the […]

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Lo-tech fun for snowy days

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

If you were a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books as a child, you might recall “The Long Winter,” which takes place in De Smet, South Dakota, during the winter of 1880-81. Frequent blizzards made it impossible for trains to get to the town with supplies, and food and fuel became scarce. The family survived […]

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Get ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count

Get ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count

January 31, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

My kids still talk about the yellow-bellied sapsuckers that nested in our trees in the summer of 2011, and the Eastern Screech Owl that perched still as stone on the peak of the shed roof for almost 30 minutes one day before flying off. We love to watch the birds in our backyard. They are […]

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Agricultural fairs offer educational opportunities

July 18, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

State agricultural fairs conjure up images of farm exhibits and animals, cotton candy, midway rides and games of chance. With so much to see and do, it’s a great way to spend fun family time during the summer. It’s also an awesome opportunity to share an educational experience with your children. We depend on agriculture […]

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