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September 24, 2020
Scott Phillips

The Power of Words in STEM

STEM Education / Play

Did you know the average person speaks 7,000 words in a day?

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September 17, 2020
Becky Hill

Fall Family Fun: 3 Ideas for Game Night!

Learning Through Play

Summer is fading away, and leaves will begin to change colors as fall approaches. One of my favorite memories from childhood is crunching the acorns as they fell to the ground. The days will begin to feel crisp and cool as the blazing hot temperatures fade away. Homework is probably becoming a part of a steady routine as school resumes, whether your school is distance learning or learning on site.

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September 10, 2020
Shreiya Aggarwal-Gupta

4 Simple but Effective Ideas to Spark Kids' Interest in Numbers

STEM Education / Play

For many parents, even the prospect of helping kids with math homework fills them with dread. Because at the opposite end of math competitions and Mensa clubs lies mathematical anxiety, a very real phenomenon.

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September 03, 2020
Lina Awshee

Practice Stereognosis with Mystery Boxes

Learning Through Play

Stereognosis is a term used to describe a person’s ability to identify and recognize an object just by touch/feel, in the absence of visual identification. A simple example would be sticking your hand into a purse and pulling out the car keys after feeling around for them.

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August 27, 2020
Allison Duggan

Prepping Your Home For Distance Learning

“Learn from home” has become the new “work from home” and many parents have been left wondering how to establish an effective home workspace for their child during distance learning. One quick internet search can lead you down a rabbit hole of picture-perfect modernized mini-desks with no dust bunnies or wayward materials in sight. But unless your child is a robot, this is not only impractical; it’s also likely to induce a pressure cooker of anxiety at hot-pot speed.

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August 13, 2020
Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Unexpected Homeschooling: Advice from a Homeschool Mom

I found myself homeschooling unexpectedly and suddenly about three years ago. I didn’t know how long I would be doing it, and I was absolutely terrified of messing it up. Even as an educator (I was a full-time college professor), I felt unequipped to take on the task, which felt endless. There were so many subjects to cover. There was so much outside of the actual educational material to recreate. It was all overwhelming.

So, I have a unique understanding of the situation many people are facing right now as they choose to homeschool in the face of uncertainty due to the pandemic. My “crisis schooling” situation was individual rather than collective, but I definitely understand the feelings of panic and insecurities that can rise up.

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August 06, 2020
Lina Awshee

Activity Ideas for Connection While Social Distancing

Kids And Creativity, Creativity

Staying home with a 3.5-year-old since March has proven to be tough especially in the area of connectivity. Tessa was halfway into her second year of preschool and just coming out of her shell in terms of developing social relationships and forming friendships. While she has had plenty of toys, activities, and small adventures around the house and neighborhood, they have all been with me (her mom) and she has been itching to connect with her peers.

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