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JetBlue Airways and PBS KIDS Launch Second Annual Soar with Read Literacy: Closing the Gap

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According to research in Bridges to Literacy by David K. Dickenson, the home environment – specifically the reading material that is readily available – is a stronger predictor of later academic achievement than socioeconomic status. Let’s compare the statistics.  Research shows that children from high-income communities have 199.1 books per …

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boy-asian-reading-book2 Literacy: How to Help Your Kids Love Reading and Writing

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As parents, most of us have heard how important it is to encourage a love of reading… and writing early in our children’s developmental process. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as the “ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, and compute using printed

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kids-iphone-app2 Kids Apps: Disney Storybook Apps Sure to Entertain

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Apple’s app store hit 25 billion downloads this past March. According to a report by Telenav that was released last August, iPhone users were twice as likely as Android users to spend more than $40 on apps for their smartphones…. And reports from Appsfire shows the average iPhone user

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feng shui-home-organized-uncluttered 2 Organization: Steps to an Organized Life

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If you ask most moms what they never have enough of, the answer just might be time. As moms, we are constantly on the go; attempting to do our best as a mom, a wife, and a friend. One of the ways that we can save time… is by

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kid-lonely-bullying 2 Steps to Handle Bullying

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Growing up, many of us experienced some form of bullying. Either we were the victim of it or watched other be bullied. Unfortunately, it is a common experience for many children and adolescents. When I was in 3rd… grade, a group of girls started bullying me so

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boy-cry-emotion 2 How to Teach Our Children Emotional Literacy

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The ability to label and understand our emotions and appropriately express our feelings… is an important skill that needs to be learned in childhood. Children are not born with this ability and must be taught how to identify and express their emotions.  Emotional literacy is the ability to recognize, understand

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kid-ipad-app 2 Kids Apps: Avengers and Superhero Apps Review

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As the  mother of an active five-year-old tomboy who enjoys superheroes just as much as the next kid, I am always on the lookout for a good superhero story. Disney does a great job with their newest app additions: The Avengers Origins: Assemble and Avengers Origins: Hulk.

The Avengers …

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kids app ipad 2 Kids Apps: Review of Two Educational and Health Centered Apps

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This past January, Apple announced that it would be introducing a new iPad textbook experience and iBooks authoring tool that would present many opportunities to use this technology in the classroom. They started selling textbooks… from McGraw-Hill, Pearson and Houghton Mifflin at prices comparable to the print, or as I

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girl-studing How to Encourage Girls to Enjoy Science and Math

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Throughout school, I had an unrealistic fear of math…. So much so that I decided to change my major in college from a Business Major to a Health Science Degree so I wouldn’t have to take the higher level math classes. I don’t regret getting my degree in

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two-girls-friends-trees 2 National Purple Day: Understanding Epilepsy

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National Purple Day was created in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a nine year old girl from Nova Scotia, Canada, who told her mother she wanted to create a day that would help people with epilepsy… not feel alone. Cassidy knew first hand what it felt like to be isolated as

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