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Back to School Healthy Essentials

Back to School Healthy Essentials

Grasshopper and Sensei is our oldest and she starts high school this fall! It’s freaking my husband and I out a little. High school, already??!! Our second thought is that our daughter is not a morning person and high school starts early. To get her at school on time, a stream lined morning routine is going to be essential.

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The Kid Really Should See These Videos!

My son and I have been enjoying The Kid Should See It curated videos for the past year. It’s videos made for an adult audience, but age appropriate for kids. The topics range from science to arts and entertainment. We subscribe for a weekly email that has five videos. After watching a pile of them, my son selected these four as his favorites to share with you! Read more…

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Healthy Choice Games for Kids

Healthy food choices should be part of the elementary and middle school curriculum. My school nurse and I are in agreement about that. But … it isn’t so it’s up to us parents to teach our kids. But what exactly does that mean? I found this food pyramid from the USDA’s food pyramid which was created 1992. Does it look familiar? If not, don’t worry because …

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Burt's Bees

Burt’s Bees to the Rescue!

PickyKidPix is at sleepaway camp for a month. Her biggest gripe is that her unit’s bathroom runs out of hot water rather quickly. She says that by the 8th shower, the hot water is gone and a cold water shower at night when it’s chilly outside makes her homesick.

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Dreaming About the Possibilities … of College and Beyond

I went to Easton, Massachusetts for the first time. Given that it’s a scant half hour drive from where I live and that I drive far and wide for my kids’ soccer games, I was surprised that I hadn’t been there before. It’s a lovely town, and, as I missed my turn and parked nearby, I found myself face to face with a trio of what looked like H. H. Richardson buildings, one of my favorite architects.

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How to Read Food Labels and What to Look For

Nutritionist Approved Silk Almond Coconut Blend

My husband and I been working with a family nutritionist to get our dietary issues under control. Both he and I have to watch our cholesterol; a hereditary gift! Some of my kids also avoid milk, not due to lactose allergies but simply because it’s not their favorite.

Our nutritionist suggested trying milk alternatives like almond or soy milk. She also gave me this helpful flyer on how to actually understand food labels.

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Thinking and Stressing About College for My Oldest

Now that my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, is starting high school this September we have started thinking more concretely about college for her. She wants to go to art school, with Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) being a top choice.

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Healthy Essentials for Summer Play

My son’s elementary school spent the whole year fundraising in order to build a new playground because the old one was nearing the end of its life.

new peirce elementary school playground in newton ma

The new playground is wonderful and just opened this past week. PickyPidPix, now in middle school, came to the playround opening with her friend right after soccer practice.

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reading and imagining exercises for kids

Reading and Imagining Writing Exercise For Kids

My guest blogger today is Jeffrey Pfaum, an inner-city schoolteacher, who is sharing his creative ideas for reading, writing, imaginning and drawing exercises.

 

Reading-and-Imagining Writing Exercise

You can develop the imagination with simple exercises, where the mind changes words into pictures. Ask your child to close her eyes and picture—or visualize—words in her mind. For example, have her read the word dog, and say:

  • “Picture the word ‘dog’ in your mind.”
  • “What are you looking at?”
  • What picture(s) do you imagine?”
  • “Describe the mind-picture(s).”
  • Draw or pencil-sketch what you imagine.”
  • “What thoughts, feelings, and experiences are triggered by the mind-picture(s)?”

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