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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 […]

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 […]

10 fun activities to avoid winter break boredom

10 fun activities to avoid winter break boredom

December 20, 2016 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Crumpled balls of wrapping paper; delicious holiday fare; and happy kids with new gadgets, games and gizmos. These are a few of my favorite things. This year, with Christmas and New Year’s Day both on weekends, there may be many parents who are fortunate to have the full week off at the end of December. […]

Holiday gift ideas that enhance school-based learning

Holiday gift ideas that enhance school-based learning

December 19, 2016 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

The weather has turned, snow is the new norm and retail stores are decked out for the holiday season. The biggest indicator for me that the holiday season is here are the television commercials; commercials that showcase the latest and greatest toys that cause my seven- and nine-year-old sons to franticly yell for me to […]

Make the most of the holiday season with tips on how to manage stress

Make the most of the holiday season with tips on how to manage stress

December 16, 2016 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Welcome to the dark side Back in the day, when I was my children’s room parent, the holiday classroom parties were epic. Personalized presents to remember the day by? Check. Homemade goodies with a holiday theme? Check. Games to keep the students engaged? Check. We had it all covered. Ask my children what they remember […]

ALICE shines light on the importance of food drives

ALICE shines light on the importance of food drives

December 13, 2016 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Not all of us have pantries that would be the envy of a doomsday prepper. And there are probably more of us who are closer to food insecurity than we might think. Students are wrapping up their holiday food drives in public schools across the state. They often get very enthusiastic about filling up those […]

Thanksgiving meal prep presents a variety of learning opportunities for kids

Thanksgiving meal prep presents a variety of learning opportunities for kids

November 9, 2016 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Thanksgiving Day meal preparation is a crash course in academics, problem solving and social skills and one that children at any age can be involved in, even during the toddler years. From meal planning to grocery shopping to food preparation, each step of the Thanksgiving Day meal involves skills related to the core curriculum classes […]

Holidays are not happiness and cheer for everyone

Holidays are not happiness and cheer for everyone

December 12, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

For most of us, the holiday season represents fun celebrations and warm memories. From school vacation to family get-togethers, holiday traditions to special treats, the weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day are usually an exciting, and happy, time. For some children and families, however, the holidays can be stressful and difficult. Complicated by divorce, […]

Last-minute gifts that don’t have to cost anything

Last-minute gifts that don’t have to cost anything

December 1, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

For once, I’d like our tree-selection process to look like a scene from a Hallmark Christmas special. In my movie version, we all pile into the car for the short drive to a tree farm. A few light flurries swirl around us as we traipse through the snow, bundled in our colorful scarves and winter […]