12 Valentine ideas for School
February 2, 2018 – 8:00 am | One Comment

Round Up: 12 Ideas for Classroom Valentines
If you’re looking ideas for Valentines for school, here are a few cute ones to choose from. You’ll find both candy and non-candy Valentine ideas.
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Dipping Your Toe in the Unschooling Pond
October 31, 2011 – 1:00 pm | 12 Comments
Dipping Your Toe in the Unschooling Pond

by Kerrie McLoughlin
When you have been homeschooling for a few years (or a few days!), you will come to a point when you or your child will want to throw a textbook, workbook or lesson …

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Review
October 29, 2011 – 1:38 pm | No Comment
Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Review

by Mina Frannea
When I told my twins that we would be attending Disney Live’s Three Classic Fairy Tales, I got mixed reviews. My 8-year-old daughter’s face slowly grew into the  biggest smile ever and my …

Unique Coloring Book and Stickers from Putumayo Kids Teach about Global Culture
October 26, 2011 – 2:15 pm | No Comment
Unique Coloring Book and Stickers from Putumayo Kids Teach about Global Culture

by Mina Frannea
Putumayo Kids, best known for producing children’s music that entertains, educates and inspires cultural curiosity, recently launched their World Culture Collection–coloring books and sticker collections about Africa, Europe and Latin America. I had an opportunity …

12 Ways to Support a Friend With a NICU Baby
October 26, 2011 – 7:00 am | 7 Comments
12 Ways to Support a Friend With a NICU Baby

By Kerrie McLoughlin
When my friend Laura had a baby in the NICU, I didn’t realize how life-changing it was for her. The only way I helped out was by watching her older son for a …

Kid Friendly Halloween Treats – Perfect for a Halloween Birthday Party!
October 20, 2011 – 8:00 am | 9 Comments
Kid Friendly Halloween Treats – Perfect for a Halloween Birthday Party!

Halloween Treats that are Kid Friendly
If you’re planning a Halloween themed birthday or just a Halloween get together for your kids, here are some tasty kid friendly Halloween treats that you might include on your …

Fall Festival for Individuals with Special Needs and their Families
October 11, 2011 – 1:40 pm | 3 Comments
Fall Festival for Individuals with Special Needs and their Families

By Mina Frannea
I love bringing attention to people who give back to their community. One such person is Heather, a mom whose eight-year-old daughter, LeAnna, has Downs Syndrome. I met Heather a few years ago and …

Healthy Alternatives to Trick-or-Treat Standards
October 6, 2011 – 8:41 am | No Comment
Healthy Alternatives to Trick-or-Treat Standards

You can have a wonderful time at Halloween, enjoying your family traditions, without all the sugary sweet, cavity inducing, and hyperactivity stimulating candy. Try focusing on the festivities and fun, and maybe not so much the treats.

DCT’s “Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Bad Day” is Terribly Good FUN for the Whole Family!
September 27, 2011 – 12:55 pm | 5 Comments
DCT’s “Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Bad Day” is Terribly Good FUN for the Whole Family!

By Mina Frannea
Dallas Children’s Theater’s adaptation of Judith Viorst’s classic children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Bad Day, is a resounding FUN start to DCT’s new season. Scott Zenreich is perfect for …

Is Your Child’s lunchbox healthier than the cafeteria lunch?
September 27, 2011 – 6:11 am | No Comment
Is Your Child’s lunchbox healthier than the cafeteria lunch?

After volunteering in the school cafeteria, I would have to agree that it’s often a toss up between the cafeteria food and what parents or the child packed themselves for lunch. Yes, kids can throw food away but most teachers in elementary school try to get them to eat some of everything. The biggest problem was that the kids don’t have enough time to eat! If they spend time chatting with friends or are slow eaters, they don’t get to finish their lunch. Kids need a break and they need healthy food!

Tips to Knowing if your Child is ready for Sports Activities
September 14, 2011 – 10:36 am | One Comment
Tips to Knowing if your Child is ready for Sports Activities

Individual sporting activities and “non-traditional” team sports lead to wonderful learning experiences for children. Keeping your kids active and interacting more with peers are both valuable to a young child’s development. I was a competitive figure skater growing up – I competed individually and as part of a team – so I had the best of both kinds of sporting experiences.