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Top 5 Brain Booster and Brain Buster Apps

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It’s no secret that today’s generation of students are more familiar with touchscreens and social media than they are with spiral notebooks and the #2 pencil. Districts across the country are investing heavily in technology for their students to make learning, and teaching, easier. Read More »

What You Need to Know About STEM Education

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By Greer Barnes If you have a child between the ages of five and eighteen, then you’ve probably heard the acronym STEM tossed around at parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings. You probably don’t know, however, just how important STEM education is and will be for years to come. For years the U.S. government has funded various programs in the hope ... Read More »

A Family Who Plays Together, Stays Together

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By Lauren Putnam of McCarthy Music (www.mccarthypiano.com) It’s no secret that music enriches lives. In fact, according to the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), 85% of people who do not play a musical instrument say they wish they had learned to play one. And, when it comes to kids, learning a musical instrument has numerous benefits. Music not only ... Read More »

Back-to-School Essentials You Didn’t Know Your Kids Needed

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Whether the kids just started school or are anxiously (or not so anxiously) awaiting the first day back, you’ve probably made a list of back-to-school necessities. What that list probably doesn’t include is a way for your kids to update their schedules on their own, the perfect storage container to carry pencils and lipgloss, and a few ways to help the environment and give to those less fortunate. Our back-to-school essentials will not only give you a little more peace of mind as a parent but also encourage the kids to make their community and the world a little bit better. Read More »

Crazy Risks with Car Seats

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We’re never so reckless at home: never allowing more people than seatbelts, always fastened, luggage stored correctly, respecting the laws of the road. Why do humans so easily excuse ourselves, ignore common sense, justify our actions and take ridiculous risks? Read More »

Best Playground Safety Tips

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With summer in full swing and back to school recess around the corner, kids everywhere will be headed to playgrounds to swing and slide to their heart's content. Unfortunately, playground time can also mean injury time. Over 67% of injuries occur from faulty playground equipment or a fall. Each year 200,000 children are treated in the ER for playground injuries in the U.S. That equates to 547 injuries per day and 1 child every 3 minutes. And over 75% of public playgrounds and 91% of home playgrounds lack a proper protective surface and 45% result in a severe injury such as a fracture or concussion. These statistics are staggering but it’s important to share the message so that people can make the appropriate changes that are essential to keeping children safe. Read More »

Five Layers of Water Safety Protection

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In 1987, Life Saver coined the phrase “layers of protection” to describe the most effective way to prevent drownings. Almost 30 years later, everyone (including the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance) recommends layers of protection.  Five key layers of protection are: 1. Parent supervision Nothing beats parent supervision. Proactive parent supervision is your most ... Read More »