Posts tagged school

Scavenger hunt for school supplies

   August 28, 2013 6:40 am    0

I hated buying school supplies. I can admit it now. It’s been a long time. And if you hate it too, I feel your pain. Don’t let your kids hear you say it, but know that I am listening. It’s not the purchase or necessity that bothered me — it was trying to find the stuff. My…


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Kick ‘Mom, I’m bored’ right away

   June 13, 2013 9:11 am    0

Kids have only been out of school for a few days, but if you worry that your youngsters need constant entertainment, remember — they have to learn to entertain themselves. My kids loved Legos — at every age. We had that exact same red board in the picture at left — it helped keep the Legos grounded. If…


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How was your mom a role model?

   May 12, 2013 11:20 am    0

In honor of Mother’s Day, I am reposting The Pennsylvania Conference for Women‘s e-mail message that quotes what women have said about their moms as role models — like the one at left. The Pennsylvania Conference for Women is the largest women’s conference in the state.  It is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29 in Philadelphia. Here are…


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If you buy it, kids will learn

   January 3, 2013 1:44 pm    0

A recent article that circulated on the Internet detailed how kids in Ethiopia, who had never seen electronic devices, managed to pick up a tablet and learn. This is no surprise to anyone who has kids. Here’s the full article from Spiegel online international. Give a kid a phone, and they will find a way…


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Kids and injuries, summer and sunshine

   June 18, 2012 6:52 am    0

It’s inevitable. If you have active kids, boo-boos are on the way. You can’t wrap them in bubble wrap, but when my kids were young, it sounded like a good idea. Last week, my neighbor was distraught because summer had just started, and the youngest of her four kids had already sprained a wrist. I…


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Kids and parents countdown to summer

   May 8, 2012 5:42 am    0

It’s that time of year. School activities seem to be at a frenzied pace  with plays, concerts, presentations and ice cream socials. Add in some spring sports, and it’s a full plate. But don’t let the frenzy take the fun out of it. Emily Harmon offers ideas for how to share the activities with your…


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5 tips to choose a high school

   April 25, 2012 8:13 am    0

It’s the time of year middle schoolers are faced with the challenge of choosing a high school. It’s an emotional time for kids — be understanding. Here are five things to consider: Private versus public — Private schools cost more than $6,000 a year for tuition. That’s $24,000 for four years, and that does not…


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Not ready for kindergarten

   January 31, 2012 5:02 am    5

If you fear hearing those words from your child’s teacher, rest easy. I’ve been there, and I’m writing this because it’s the time of year when parents start thinking about where their little ones will be attending school once they graduate from preschool. My advice: Don’t push them. There is no magic date or age…


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Bagged buses and four day weeks: U.S. schools cut budgets

   October 18, 2011 5:30 am    0

Sound drastic? Maybe, but parents across America are learning there are ways to save money in school districts with some novel approaches. Click on the links to see the news — in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and especially California, school busing is getting whittled down to minimize costs. In Keystone Oaks School District, studied combining schools, merging…


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