Christmas is hectic, busy, bustling and bursting with life.  It can’t be any other way, can it? Well maybe not in its entirety, but no matter how many demands on our time there may be, we can make choices about how we approach this season of giving.  So how to enjoy and make the […]

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Our 10-year-old daughter loves to tinker. She has always been a builder, loves to discover how things are made, and is happy as can be with a set of instructions, engaging materials, and interesting tools. In fact, she gets giddy every time her Kiwi Crate arrives in the mail. We’ve been subscribers for years… She grabs […]

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So much can be learned when making art, so today I have a project that will not only brighten your winter windows but will show your child how to use a math protractor to make beautiful artwork. Note: This project can be adapted for those under 12 by doing the calculations to make the template […]

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“Why is the snail on a skateboard?” “Is that Abraham Lincoln in a jetpack?” These are the types of questions raised by students in my fourth grade classroom everyday after lunch. Laughs, chuckles, and gasps ensue as they enter the room and see the day’s visual writing prompt projected on the board. These engaging images […]

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One of the biggest concerns many parents have (this can be an issue for boys in particular) is how to encourage reading in their kids.  No matter how many great novels you throw their way, some kids just don’t love it.  Enter graphic novels. Graphic novels are not glorified comic books; they are novels using […]

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