Archive for November 2012

Achievement Gap or Development Gap? Afterschool Programs like All Stars Project Inc. Could be a Solution

Achievement Gap or Development Gap? Afterschool Programs like All Stars Project Inc. Could be a Solution
The achievement gap- close it, narrow it, fix it…rename it?  What if we viewed it as a development gap? Considering the schedules of many of the children I know (mine included), most middle class families need an organizing system to make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be when it comes to attending... Read more »

Black Friday Shopping: Put Games that Improve Reading in Your Cart

Black Friday Shopping:  Put Games that Improve Reading in Your Cart
Black Friday deal shopping? Educational board games make great holiday presents and bring families closer through spending more time together. Purchasing and playing games that can help your child improve their reading skills is one “deal” you can’t put a price on! One game that our family continues to play over and over is Scattergories.... Read more »

If the President Can Make Time for Parent-Teacher Conferences, So Can You

If the President Can Make Time for Parent-Teacher Conferences, So Can You
This is the time of year that schools start to hold their parent-teacher conferences.  Will you be ready? Are you making time to attend your child’s parent-teacher conference? Last spring, Parenting Magazine editorial director,  Ana Connery addressed the Mom Congress with the theme of Parent Teacher Partnerships.  She relayed a story about having interviewed President... Read more »
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Good Grief- Don't Miss Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit at MSI

Good Grief- Don't Miss Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit at MSI
Children today would find it hard to believe that cartoons were NOT always available for viewing 24/7.  It is enough to make you say Good Grief!  Saturday morning cartoons and holiday specials were the norm for those of us of a certain age. I can’t think of any other cartoons more synonymous with holiday specials... Read more »

Did Your Child’s School Hold a Mock Election Today?

Did Your Child’s School Hold a Mock Election Today?
One great way to introduce children to the concept of voting and to our democratic government is to hold a mock election.  Today both the junior high and elementary schools that my children attend held mock elections.  The junior high students all filed down to a room set-up with private voting booths and checked off... Read more »

Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, & Jon Stewart Raising Funds for Sandy Victims Tonight on NBC

My daughter and I watched the pictures from the disaster that hurricane Sandy left behind on our nation’s east coast on the news last night. In New York, people were looking in dumpsters for food thrown out by restaurants in order to have something to eat.  People are without power, heat and potable water. After... Read more »
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