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Online Book Fair Fundraiser for Schools and Sports Teams

Online Book Fairs as Fundraiser

My kids and I love school book fairs! They love getting new books and insist on going early to school to reserve the books they want before they all disappear. I love that they will read these new acquisitions immediately and with great enthusiasm. It’s fun, also, to see the books they choose that I don’t even think of for them. Joke books. Non-fiction. Graphic novels. Pokémon handbooks. Read more…

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Special Savings From Tea Collection!

Offer: Buy 3 select back to school separates and get the 4th free (Offer only valid with clothing that includes 3+1 symbol) Read more…

Getting Kids Ready for Kindergarten

Getting Ready for Kindergarten or Preschool

I have some posts to help with this transition getting your child ready from pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten. Read more…

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Why Preschool is Critical for Success as Adult!

Preschool is Where We Learn Social Skills We Need in Life

NPR has a feature on why preschool is the best job training program. Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman found that the soft skills necessary for success in the workplace — things like “being able to pay attention and focus, being curious and open to new experiences, and being able to control your temper and not get frustrated” — were skills that were learned, not in high school or college, but during preschool! Read more…

Win $1000 of Cherokee Clothing

Win Back to School Clothes for Kids

With back-to-school right around the corner, Cozi, the No. 1 online and mobile family calendar and organization service is teaming with Target and Cherokee USA to give one lucky family $1,000 worth of Cherokee clothing and a smart phone. Read more…

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5 FREE Tech Tools for Back-to-School

Back to School Free Sites for Busy Moms

With back-to-school quickly approaching, all parents have two things on their minds; saving money and finding simple solutions to ease the transition into the busy school year ahead. Below is a list of the top five FREE tech tools to ensure success for back-to-school, whether you’re headed off to college or a parent whose child is entering kindergarten. Read more…

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10 Things Teachers Really Want To Tell Parents

What Teachers Really Want to Say to Parents

My husband sent me this great article from CNN. It saddens me that teachers are bearing the brunt of negativity that bears resemblance to a Salem Witch Hunt because the U.S. education system is failing in the inner city. It’s not the teacher’s fault; the roots for the demise lay in No Child Left Behind but I digress. Read more…

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How To Drive Your Mom Crazy Every Morning!

How Do Your Kids Drive You Crazy in the Morning?

I’m glad this is not just me! Read more…

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Good Study Habits Are Not What You Think!

Studying in Same Place is Not Effective!

Wow!  Everything I thought about good study habits is wrong!

Here are the bullet points to the New York Times article:

  • For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention.
  • So does studying distinct but related skills or concepts in one sitting, rather than focusing intensely on a single thing.
  • Zero proof that children have specific learning styles, that some are “visual learners”and others are auditory; some are “left-brain” students, others “right-brain.”
  • Varying the type of material studied in a single sitting — alternating, for example, among vocabulary, reading and speaking in a new language — seems to leave a deeper impression on the brain than does concentrating on just one skill at a time.
  • The finding undermines the common assumption that intensive immersion is the best way to really master a particular genre, or type of creative work, said Nate Kornell, a psychologist at Williams College and the lead author of the study.
  • Cognitive scientists do not deny that honest-to-goodness cramming can lead to a better grade on a given exam. But hurriedly jam-packing a brain is akin to speed-packing a cheap suitcase.
  • “The idea is that forgetting is the friend of learning,” said Dr. Kornell. “When you forget something, it allows you to relearn, and do so effectively, the next time you see it.”
  • “Testing has such bad connotation; people think of standardized testing or teaching to the test,” Dr. Roediger said. “Maybe we need to call it something else, but this is one of the most powerful learning tools we have.” Read more…