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  • 12/19/2014 Snap Circuits: A Toy That Fosters a Love of STEM Introduction: This holiday season, buy gifts that encourage a love of learning, that teach problem solving, design, process, and electricity. This season, invest in a snap-circuit kit. I know. This week’s blog post sounds something like an advertisement, a promotional piece that could have been written by the owners of Elenco, the makers of snap-circuits. […] more>
  • 12/17/2014 Hot Salsa: Hot Holiday Salsa, That Is Hot salsa on your holiday table? Why not? It goes great on potato latkes, is red and green, and offers colorful fresh low-calorie flavor to perk up just about any food you can name. No-cook salsa is so healthy you can practically feel the vitamins seeping into your system as a dollop of the stuff tingles its way down […] more>
  • 12/15/2014 Lincoln Logs: The Classic Toy that Beats the Computer Hands Down Lincoln Logs has been around longer than most people have been alive, yet here it is, alive and well, still the same humble toy, still popular. Kids see Lincoln Logs and they automatically feel their hands twitch with the need to build and create. And that’s no small thing in the age of technology. Toys […] more>
  • 12/12/2014 ADHD: 5 Strategies to Improve Learning For a child  who struggles with ADHD (hyperactivity attention-deficit disorder), school can be a stressful place. Though most children with ADHD are intellectually bright and love to learn, learning and navigating the school setting presents many challenges to this child. In fact, a staggering number of children with ADHD will fail to succeed in the school setting.  According to […] more>
  • 12/10/2014 Kapla: Best. Toy. Ever. Kapla is without a doubt, the best toy I’ve ever purchased for my children (note that this is an unsolicited endorsement). I first saw Kapla when my youngest son, then two, joined a small playgroup in my neighborhood. I came to pick up Asher and the mother hosting the playgroup that day said to me, […] more>
  • 12/8/2014 Parent Teacher Meetings: 7 Secrets to Making Them Work from a Mother of 12 Parent teacher meetings were once a big deal to me and my husband. We wanted our children to do well in school and we wanted to be involved parents. We wanted to help however we could. We still do, still care about our children’s academic performance and want to help, but as parents of twelve […] more>
  • 12/5/2014 Neurofeedback: A Promising Therapy for Developmental Disabilities   Neurofeedback, also termed neural conditioning, is a therapeutic technique that pairs operant conditioning with brain scan images. The thought behind it is that children and adults can be taught how to voluntarily control brain waves, electrical impulses transmitted through the neural network that transmit information to and from the autonomic and sympathetic nervous systems. There is increasing support from doctors and psychiatrists that children and […] more>
  • 12/3/2014 The Life Cycle: A 5-Point Method For Answering Kids’ Questions The life cycle was a mystery to me until I was ten. I’d brought in the mail one day so many years ago, thrilled at the heft and bulk of the items I’d found in our mailbox, feeling somehow important for being the one to serve as intermediary between sender and receiver. My mother thanked […] more>
  • 12/1/2014 Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences: Kids Can Be All Kinds of Smart The theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) is the idea that there are several different types of intelligence. A musician, for instance, may be lousy at math, but a brilliant composer. A mathematician may be a wiz at numbers, but write terrible poetry. The theory of multiple intelligences was developed by Howard Gardner who detailed seven […] more>
  • 11/28/2014 3 Ways You Can Teach Your Child Social Injustice   Despite the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, the Feminist Movement, school desegregation, the nomination of a black president, and countless legislation aimed at protecting minorities and women in the workplace, school, and in the political process, social injustice runs rampant. A consequence of social injustice is evident in statistics. The World Health Organization reports […] more>