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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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First Night on the Job: Everything a Babysitter Should Know

The first night babysitting for a new family can be nerve wracking since you’re not sure how the kids will react or behave once their parents have left. To help calm the jitters, here are a few questions you should ask before the parents leave.       Most kids are sneaky, and quite clever,…

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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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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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Signs of Childhood Depression

Depression. It’s a shunned topic when occurring with adults, it’s unheard of to talk about depression in children. In the US, approximately 2-8% of children are depressed, and that rate is on the rise, nearly 13% since 1995. (according to a Medical Journal study at Stanford University) Depression is more than the occasional blues, it’s…

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3 Things That Need to Stay in the Classroom

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Education is changing before our very eyes. Some days it’s inspiring, yet others it’s plain scary and even frustrating. I just read an article about things that are obsolete in education. Upon seeing the title, I feared that it was going to cite things such as teachers and textbooks. Instead, it went way beyond these…

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