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New York day trips: Fun paths to educational adventures

New York day trips: Fun paths to educational adventures

July 24, 2018 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Vacations can be hard work. It seems like you spend days making lists; packing the car; rounding up kids; battening down your home; and inevitably forgetting something. Last year, we went to Cape Cod with another couple and their grandchildren. We had a lot of fun. But it wasn’t always relaxing. Kids get cranky whether […]

Summer slide is not as fun as it sounds

Summer slide is not as fun as it sounds

June 8, 2018 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Have you heard about “summer slide”? Psst, it’s not nearly as fun as it sounds because it has nothing to do with water parks or playgrounds. And it’s not something any parent wants their children to ride. The first time I heard the term “summer slide” was in an end-of-year conference with my son’s second-grade […]

Take a hike, kid

Take a hike, kid

May 31, 2018 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years

As a teenager, one of the best pieces of advice I ever got from my dad was when he told me to take a hike. Although I probably deserved to “get lost,” my dad was really telling me to go for a walk in the woods to calm down.  I can’t remember what the crisis […]

How introducing your kids to art can ignite a passion for learning

How introducing your kids to art can ignite a passion for learning

January 30, 2018 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

When young children swipe their paintbrush up and down a blank piece of paper or canvas, scribble with crayons or markers, and cut and paste with scissors and glue, they are doing much more than creating their next masterpiece. Their brains are growing and their senses are sending messages to the brain about how things […]

The wild that was parenting in 2017 – and what lies ahead

The wild that was parenting in 2017 – and what lies ahead

If the year 2017 was an actual person, I envision he or she would have a fidget spinner in one hand, a smart phone in another while driving a car with his or her knees. It was a wild year for parents and at times even a little scary. But there were also some lighthearted […]

Keep your child’s brain engaged during school breaks

Keep your child’s brain engaged during school breaks

December 22, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

During the recent Thanksgiving holiday break from school, my two sons and I decided to do a game night and dusted off Monopoly. I realized shortly after we started to play that Monopoly is a goldmine for practicing math and reading skills. Adding the dice to figure out how many spaces to move, counting out […]

Charitable giving that goes beyond the swipe of a phone

Charitable giving that goes beyond the swipe of a phone

December 18, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

One day last spring, as I picked my daughter up after school, she rushed to the car in breathless distress. Swinging open a rear door in a flurry of backpack straps, folders and loose homework, she pushed a slip of paper into my hands. “We have to help the animals!” I remember looking around, expecting […]

Striking a balance between down time and busy schedules

Striking a balance between down time and busy schedules

November 2, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

Our local community center’s winter activities catalog arrived the other day in the mail. By the look of it, you would think it was the much-coveted holiday toy catalog because of the way my children have earmarked it, tagged pages, and circled activities. They even color-coded and put their initials next to what they circled […]

Mindfulness: A teaching tool for inside and outside the classroom

Mindfulness: A teaching tool for inside and outside the classroom

October 27, 2017 | Posted in: Uncategorized

It was late morning and the students in Anne Killian-Russo’s fifth-grade class were in good spirits. You could feel the energy in the air as the mid-day breaks for lunch and recess approached. But it was not quite time for that yet. Killian-Russo reached for a Tibetan singing bowl, sent out a soothing tone and […]

Bored of the radio? 7 podcasts to listen to with your kids on the ride to school

Bored of the radio? 7 podcasts to listen to with your kids on the ride to school

September 25, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

Podcasts have become part of my daily routine. I wake up, brush my teeth, pour myself a bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats and download a podcast for my commute to work. It sure beats listening to radio commercials, and – if I can sift through the hundreds of thousands available to find a good one […]