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Elementary

So, What is Montessori Anyway?

Maria Montessori was born in 1870 in Chiaravalle, Italy.  She graduated from the University of Rome as one of Italy’s first female physicians at a time when many women never made it past grade school.  She became the director of the Orthophrenic School for developmentally disabled children in 1900, where she began to extensively research…

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7 ways to keep your child learning this summer

(BPT) – When school dismisses for the summer, parents across the country worry about how much their children will forget over the vacation months. Will all those hours helping them with math and reading dissolve with the carefree hours spent at the pool or playground? “While a break from the long days of school is…

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Top 10 Children’s Books

                            Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown      Acclaimed for its soft poetry, exalting it as the prime example of a bedtime story      Other books by Brown: Runaway Bunny, The Sailor Dog, and Little Fur Family   Where the…

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Winter Camps in Roanoke Round Up

As the holidays draw closer, I can’t stop thinking about one thing. How in the world am I going to keep my kid busy during winter break??   I am a parent of a new kindergartener, so you’d think I remember from the past 4 years, but school has spoiled me and my child! She…

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Public School or Private School? Do your homework …

All parents at some point are likely to have the discussion as their children start to grow, learn, talk, walk, etc.  Do we put our kids in public school or private school? Assuming we can afford private school … is it really any better than public school? What are some advantages? What about any disadvantages?…

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5 Ways Music Can Make Your Toddler Smarter

Let’s face it, toddlers aren’t always the brightest of humans. They stick their fingers into sockets, eat their own boogers and disrobe in public as often as they can.  But it’s not their fault! Their brains are busy soaking up the world around them and trying to make sense of it all. Traditional education can…

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Arts Just as Crucial as Math and Science, Say Education Experts

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — known collectively as STEM — has been the buzz phrase for educators for some time. But, with many school districts eliminating art, music and other humanities classes, there has been a recent push by educators to change the focus from STEM to STEAM, and add arts back into the…

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4 Easy Ways to Prep for Back-to-School

With the back-to-school season gearing up, getting the kids prepped and ready for a successful academic year can quickly add up. Discount retailer Dollar General is sharing tips to make the experience easier and more affordable. Use the List Schools usually provide supply lists to ensure the classroom is well-stocked and students have what they…

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Children and summer learning: 5 building blocks for their brains

“No more pencils and no more books” is a chant heard on playgrounds across the country when the final bell releases students for the summer months. And while Alice Cooper’s lyrics go on to showcase how excited the children are about their freedom from homework, they also highlight one of the biggest problems the American…

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A Sweet Education: 34 Years of Community School’s Strawberry Festival

Each year, thousands flock to Elmwood Park in Downtown Roanoke for the annual Strawberry Festival. According to Pattie Stratton, however, few know about the driving force behind the event. Stratton, the Director of Marketing and Development for Community School, hopes to change that. The small school located on Williamson Road across from Hollins University is…

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