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  • Five Lunch Menus Beyond Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
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    Five Lunch Menus Beyond Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

    5 years ago

    Five lunch choices to get you out of the rut of sandwiches. Try something a little different but still easy to put together.

  • Product Review of Master Kitz by Kidzaw, Inc.
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    Product Review of Master Kitz by Kidzaw, Inc.

    5 years ago

    A review of the art lesson Master Kitz Black Lines by Wassily Kandinsky produced by Kidzaw, Inc. The product was used by girls ages five and seven with favorable results. Read article for details.

  • Four Reasons to Wait for Sex Evan After Getting Engaged
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    Four Reasons to Wait for Sex Evan After Getting Engaged

    5 years ago

    Let me begin by congratulating you on sticking to your convictions and maintaining your purity to this point. That is no easy accomplishment given our current culture’s obsession with sex. As you have made it thus far I am going to assume that...

  • Rembrandt Art Lessons for Children
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    Rembrandt Art Lessons for Children

    5 years ago

    Seven art lessons about Rembrandt featuring art history, art appreciation and art lessons focused on value, space and expressive features.

  • Product Review of Frédéric Henry’s Timeline:  Historical Events by Asmodee Group
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    Product Review of Frédéric Henry’s Timeline: Historical Events by Asmodee Group

    5 years ago

    After discovering the game Timeline, I read up about it. What I read made me think it would be a fun way for my girls to review their history facts. So I bought the game. Timeline turned out to be a fun and dynamic game, however, it was not well...

  • How to Plan and Host a Picnic Party
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    How to Plan and Host a Picnic Party

    5 years ago

    With summer here many of you have turned your mind to picnics, both the large scale (think family reunions) and the more intimate gathering (immediate family only). However, let’s consider a picnic that falls a little in between these two...

  • Five Activity to Help Your Child Learn Skip Counting
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    Five Activity to Help Your Child Learn Skip Counting

    5 years ago

    When discussing our educational goals for the coming year my daughter told me that she would like to learn her skip counting. We had already introduced her to skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. However, she had a friend who could skip count by all...

  • Why Choose to be a Stay at Home Mom?
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    Why Choose to be a Stay at Home Mom?

    5 years ago

    My three reasons for being a stay at home mom. ©Joy M Staying home with your children used to be the normal thing to do and not that long ago. In fact, look back a few years more and the fathers worked from home as well. With our current...

  • Science Activities for Young Children - Types of Consumers
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    Science Activities for Young Children - Types of Consumers

    5 years ago

    Children enjoy grouping similar objects. If your child is easily sorting by colors, shapes and maybe even kinds of animals consider introducing consumer types. A lesson on consumer types provides children with another way to group their animals. ...

  • Teaching the French Revolution to Children
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    Teaching the French Revolution to Children

    5 years ago

    Revolutions, or any war, can be difficult to teach children. You want to provide them with the facts but at the same time you don't want to provide to much bloody detail or be asked questions which will lead to bloody details. It is a delicate...

  • Teaching Your Child Astronomy:  Phases of the Moon
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    Teaching Your Child Astronomy: Phases of the Moon

    5 years ago

    This year I thought I would get out and enjoy the night sky with my daughters. The most obvious place to start seemed to be the moon. I thought I could start with a little teaching during the day followed by observations at night. The night time...

  • A Brief History of Charlemagne for Young Children
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    A Brief History of Charlemagne for Young Children

    5 years ago

    Specific ideas and plans for teaching children about Charlemagne, his place in history and on the globe.

  • A Shower for Mom:  Finding Ways to Relax
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    A Shower for Mom: Finding Ways to Relax

    5 years ago

    I get up in the morning and would like to take a nice soothing, relaxing shower, but the baby needs nursing and my girls are ready for something to do. They’ve already eaten because I have a variety of healthy snacks available for their...

  • Science Lessons for Children on Clouds
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    Science Lessons for Children on Clouds

    5 years ago

    If you've already taught your child (or children) the states of mater and the water cycle, clouds are a fun and logical next step (covering atmosphere can be helpful too). Learning about clouds will allow you to reinforce what they learned in...

  • Review of Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey
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    Review of Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey

    5 years ago

    A personal account of how I found Financial Peace to be beneficial and how it might aid you.

  • The Five Best Themes for Baby Books
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    The Five Best Themes for Baby Books

    5 years ago

    Five themes you can use in baby books. I have provided specific ideas and samples to help get you started, including title page ideas. Hopefully, these will get your creative juices flowing.

  • How and why to teach your child Greek and Roman Mythology Early
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    How and why to teach your child Greek and Roman Mythology Early

    5 years ago

    I remember mythology as a convoluted and seeming irrelevant chapter of school that I was glad to put behind me. But mythology is much more than a single chapter in history class, as I discovered when it began hunting me in literature classes. Much...

  • Teaching Young Children about the Anasazi
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    Teaching Young Children about the Anasazi

    5 years ago

    A simple lesson plan for teaching preschoolers and young elementary students some basic information about the Anasazi. The plan includes pictures, coloring pages and multiple days lessons.

  • Science Activities for Young Children - States of Matter Unit
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    Science Activities for Young Children - States of Matter Unit

    5 years ago

    Lessons and experiments for teaching children about the states of matter. Also includes recommended reading and a learning song.

  • Science Activities for Young Children:  Plant Unit
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    Science Activities for Young Children: Plant Unit

    5 years ago

    This lesson plan is a fun and delicious way to introduce your child to the study of botany. In this unit your child will learn about plant needs, the parts of a plant, edible plants and a little bit about how plants use their parts. This unit is...

  • Science Activities for Young Children:  Water Cycle Unit
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    Science Activities for Young Children: Water Cycle Unit

    5 years ago

    The water cycle is basic information that lends itself to a number of experiments that can be easily accomplished by young children. Your children will feel very important saying words like precipitation, evaporation and condensation. This simple...

  • Science Activities for Young Children:  Farm Animals Unit
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    Science Activities for Young Children: Farm Animals Unit

    6 years ago

    When children are young your science lessons do not need to be overly complicated. Remember your children entered the world with no knowledge. All the basics that you now take for granted your child must learn. One of those basic subjects that most...

  • How to Teach Science to Young Children
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    How to Teach Science to Young Children

    5 years ago

    Science can be an intimidating subject for many parent. But starting children down the road to become scientists does not have to be difficult or confusing. There are really only three things you need to bear in mind while teaching your child...

  • How to get children to help with laundry
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    How to get children to help with laundry

    6 years ago

    Laundry is a never ending chore. If you are not careful it can easily become a nightmare. This is one of the reasons why it is important to teach your children to care for their clothes when they are still young. While young children are...

  • How to Make Your Family Board Games Educational
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    How to Make Your Family Board Games Educational

    5 years ago

    Instructions on adapting your board games for educational review.

  • How to Teach Kids History
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    How to Teach Kids History

    6 years ago

    History, while important, can be a very dull subject - particularly for the young. Myriads of dates relating to people and wars that seem totally unrelated to a child's life both make it difficult to teach. However, these are not reasons that...

  • How to Catch a Gerbil
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    How to Catch a Gerbil

    6 years ago

    My daughters for their birthdays began and pleaded for a pet. They wanted one of the small pets that can run through the tubs. So finally my husband and I relented and allowed them to get gerbils. We didn't choose mice because they are escape...

  • Midwifery versus Hospital Birth
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    Midwifery versus Hospital Birth

    6 years ago

    People are often apprehensive when it comes to there birthing options. After all this is your child that you are talking about. You want to make the choice that will be best for her. I have actually experienced both a hospital birth and birth...

  • How Much Are Midwives?
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    How Much Are Midwives?

    6 years ago

    As the number of people choosing to have a midwife attend their birth increases so do the number of people with questions. (In 2009 8.12% of births were attended by midwives according to the National Center for Health Statisticsthough they did...

  • Chores for Toddlers
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    Chores for Toddlers

    6 years ago

    When our kids are young they are eager to help. Moreover you want to get them into the habit of helping. However it can be difficult to come up with age appropriate chores. Following is a list of chores that have worked around our house. Picking...

  • Poetry Books for Kids
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    Poetry Books for Kids

    6 years ago

    Young children love poetry, it's lyrical nature and rhyming verses. Learning and identifying these rhymes is actually an important pre-reading skill. In fact the early childhood development program Ready for Kindergarten recommends that children...

  • How to Teach Your Child to Count
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    How to Teach Your Child to Count

    6 years ago

    As parents we all want our children to succeed, but how can we help them along? Your child's education is an obvious and important road to future success. Moreover, studies show that early education is critical to your child's future success,...

  • How to Prepare Your Child for a New Sibling
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    How to Prepare Your Child for a New Sibling

    6 years ago

    Adding another child to your family is a big adjustment. Did you give away all your old baby things? Will you need a new car seat? Should the baby share a room with the older sibling? You and your spouse have numerous questions that need answering....

  • Gift Ideas for Children that aren't Toys
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    Gift Ideas for Children that aren't Toys

    6 years ago

    Holidays and birthdays seem to include an obligation to buy gifts for children. If your house is anything like our these gifts are soon overflowing the children's rooms and pouring out into the rest of the house. So other than a cease and desist in...

  • Cheap Healthy Meal Plans
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    Cheap Healthy Meal Plans

    5 years ago

    Planning your food expenditures can be one of the more difficult aspects of budgeting, particularly when you wish to maintain a healthy diet. Healthier food is often either more expensive or more time consuming to prepare. Sometimes it is both! ...

  • Activities to Teach Kids Honesty
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    Activities to Teach Kids Honesty

    6 years ago

    "Honesty is the best policy." That is an aphorism we all wish our children would take to heart. But how do you teach your children to embrace honest? Here are a few steps that we have used in our own home with our two girls. Model the Behavior You...

  • How to be a Movie Critic
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    How to be a Movie Critic

    5 years ago

    Everyone should be a movie critic. "Why?" you ask. Simple. Movies are written and directed by people. People have opinions and world views which will come out in their work - either intentionally or unintentionally. Before you swallow their views...

  • Games to Teach Kids Good Manners
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    Games to Teach Kids Good Manners

    6 years ago

    We have all seen those children having a melt down in the store. After you have had your own children you tend to look at those children (and their parents) a little differently. A quiet sigh of relief that your own children are currently behaving...

  • How to Become a Poet Writer
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    How to Become a Poet Writer

    6 years ago

    Poetry can seem intimidating to most people. However, it does not have to be. Poetry really comes down to three things: rhyme, meter and imagery. After covering each of these topics writing poetry will no longer seem an overwhelming or frightening...

  • How to Have Family Fun While Living on a Budget
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    How to Have Family Fun While Living on a Budget

    6 years ago

    Everyone wants to have fun with their family but society can often make it seem that the only way to have fun is to spend money. But few people have the money to spend like we see in the commercials. However, rest assured you can have fun without a...

  • Ideas for Silly Activities for Family Fun Night
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    Ideas for Silly Activities for Family Fun Night

    6 years ago

    "Families that play together stay together." It's a common expression that most of us have heard before. However, finding new and interesting ways to enjoy each others' company can sometimes be difficult. (Particularly as the kids get older.) So...

  • How to Design Healthy Meal Plans
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    How to Design Healthy Meal Plans

    6 years ago

    When asked if they want to eat healthier no adult is going to say, “No, thanks.” The problem is that eating healthy usually involves some preplanning and most people are so busy they can’t find the time. So here are some easy ways to keep...

  • Teaching Young Children about Pocahontas
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    Teaching Young Children about Pocahontas

    5 years ago

    An introduction in how to use dramatic play to teach the history of Pocahontas to young children. Includes a brief lesson plan.

  • Creating a Senses Smash Journal
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    Creating a Senses Smash Journal

    6 years ago

    When I first heard of Smash Journaling my thought was, "Teenage girls have been doing that for ages!" This is not to imply there is anything wrong with Smash Journaling. I actually enjoy the idea and that someone found a why to market it is...

  • Math Games for the Car
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    Math Games for the Car

    5 years ago

    Travel time with your child can seem like wasted time. Sure there are many and varied ways to occupy them so that you can drive in peace. But most of those things are not designed to advance their education. so rather than plugging them into...

  • The Movie Daybreakers Asks Tough Questions Without Controversy
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    The Movie Daybreakers Asks Tough Questions Without Controversy

    6 years ago

    The fantasy genre can often get away with asking questions that in any other genre would be highly controversial. By adding the fantastical elements people can look at the questions as outside their world. Without real world examples controversial...

  • The Science Fiction Movie the Timer Raises Questions About Our Views on True Love
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    The Science Fiction Movie the Timer Raises Questions About Our Views on True Love

    6 years ago

    In recent years there has been an evident increase in the number of women interested in science fiction and fantasy. Fourty-five percent of the people watch science fiction shows are women accoring to the March 5, 2000 Los Angeles Times article...

  • Teaching Your Child About Ancient Babylon
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    Teaching Your Child About Ancient Babylon

    6 years ago

    I began gathering information about ancient Babylon because I had recently heard about the classical method of homeschooling or the Trivium. An approach that began with basic memorization before moving into logic and then rhetoric seemed more likely...

  • Introducing Your Children to Fractions
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    Introducing Your Children to Fractions

    6 years ago

    According to the Educational Research Newsletter algebra teachers rank poor understanding of fractions as one of students' biggest weaknesses in preparation for the study of algebra. My girls are still in the first years of elementary school, why...

  • Easter traditions that get to the heart of Easter
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    Easter traditions that get to the heart of Easter

    6 years ago

    Despite attempts to commercialize it, Easter is still a religious holiday. Chicks and bunnies may decorate many Easter baskets and holiday displays but there is still an abundance of lambs to remind us of the Lamb. With repeated attempts to make...

  • Engaging your Child in History and the Study of the War of 1812
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    Engaging your Child in History and the Study of the War of 1812

    5 years ago

    Looking for a new and interesting way to get your children excited about history? The USS Constitution Museum has created a fun and educational website called A Sailor’s Life for Me! The site will not only introduce your child to the war of 1812...

  • Educational Valentine's Day Activities to Engage Your Child
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    Educational Valentine's Day Activities to Engage Your Child

    6 years ago

    Valentine's Day, like any major event in your child's life, can be used to encourage education in a way more engaging than a typical day provides. Some efforts are obvious but worth while. For example, encouraging your child to practice penmanship...

  • Living History as Education for Your Children About Pioneer Life
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    Living History as Education for Your Children About Pioneer Life

    6 years ago

    Jay Anderson describes living history as "the simulation of life in another time" or an imitation of our past. However, Richard Handler and William Saxton in Cultural Anthropology,describe Jay Anderson as a folklorist who is attempting to...

  • Using Genealogy to Study History
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    Using Genealogy to Study History

    7 years ago

    Did anyone else find their history classes to be terribly tedious and remarkably uninformative? Or perhaps it was just me. Endless dates and very little discussed beyond wars, it's not surprising I got board. However, history I do find to be...

  • Chicken Farmer - Now They Are Everywhere
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    Chicken Farmer - Now They Are Everywhere

    7 years ago

     There have been a growing number of people joining the ranks of backyard chicken farmers.  Though exact numbers are not available because chickens do not need to be registered there are a number of indicators in the growing popularity of urban...

  • Understanding chicken and egg labels for your own health
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    Understanding chicken and egg labels for your own health

    7 years ago

     You are what you eat.  I am sure you have heard that expression before.  So if our general health and well-being can be affected by what we eat, would the same be true for chickens?  I ask because I eat chickens.  Thus, it would seem to hold...

  • Horse Books for a Young Horse Lover
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    Horse Books for a Young Horse Lover

    7 years ago

     Every coin my little girl can find she returns to me.  Why?  Each time she tells me, “This is for my pony.”  I tried to explain to her that horses are very expensive, but her little heart is still set on a pony so she has not spent her...

  • Learning about Horses with an Online Game
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    Learning about Horses with an Online Game

    7 years ago

     If you are looking to waste a few minutes or even a few hours the internet provides a great variety of gaming options.  As someone who often prefers to sample games rather than delve deeply I have tried many of them.  Mostly recently my interest...

  • Virtual Education and it's Potential for Your Children
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    Virtual Education and it's Potential for Your Children

    7 years ago

    When it came time to decide my children's educational options I was faced with a dilemma. I did not want to send them to public school. While there are good teachers those few are underfunded and overwhelmed with students. Public school was too...

  • Review of
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    Review of "Wolf-speaker" by Tamora Pierce

    9 years ago

    Are you trying to encourage your child to read? Getting a child interested in reading is often closely linked to getting your child to invest in a story. If, however, the vocabulary is too far above your child's reading level, he or she will quickly...

  • Raving about the Tacoma Children's Museum
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    Raving about the Tacoma Children's Museum

    9 years ago

    Have you ever experienced something so phenomenal you just had to tell your friends about it? It doesn't happen very often does it? But I had such an experience with my daughter yesterday, and I wanted to share it with you. My local library is...

  • Review of
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    Review of "Duck & Goose: How Are You Feeling?" by Tad Hills

    9 years ago

    Understanding what you are feeling and determining how best to deal with that emotion can be difficult. This is particularly true for toddlers, who are simultaneously trying to master all life skills. As any parent of a toddler knows, toddlers can...

  • Advice on How to Stop a Toddler From Biting
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    Advice on How to Stop a Toddler From Biting

    9 years ago

     Biting is a very common phase for toddlers to go through.  However, it can be very distressful for parents.  It is often the first disciplinary hurdle parents jump.  All your preconceived notions and idealistic ideas about parenting are brought...

  • Victorian Costume - Online Resources
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    Victorian Costume - Online Resources

    6 years ago

    A breif history of fashion from the 1800s and 1900s - the similarities and differences. And how these fashions have inspired the modern Neo-Victorian look. Includes links to period customs and Neo-Victorian designs.

  • Storytellers as Entertainers:  Why I like Joss Whedon
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    Storytellers as Entertainers: Why I like Joss Whedon

    7 years ago

    When most people think of entertainers their minds jump to comedians, movie stars or even actors.  But even as a child my mind has always jumped to storytellers.  I've always found both the act of telling and listening to a story to be highly...

  • A Healthy Toddler Diet
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    A Healthy Toddler Diet

    5 years ago

    If you have a picky eater or are simply worried about what your toddler is consuming there are a variety of helpful tips that should alleviate your worry. Also included are links to other resources.

  • Art Projects for Toddlers
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    Art Projects for Toddlers

    5 years ago

    Several art projects for young children with accompanying lesson plans to enhance the learning experience.

  • Creating and Maintaining a Personal Budget
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    Creating and Maintaining a Personal Budget

    7 years ago

     Budgeting is a difficult thing for many people.  Most of us have at one point or another managed to create a personal budget.  However, if you are anything like me following through with that budget is more difficult.  So, here are a few tips...

  • Valentine's Day Ideas Beyond the Ordinary
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    Valentine's Day Ideas Beyond the Ordinary

    9 years ago

     Do you find yourself always returning to the same ideas for Valentine's Day?  Flowers.  Chocolates.  A card.  When you want to impress your wife do you simply spend more money on said flowers, chocolates and/or card?  Break out of the rut and...

  • Reconnect with Family through Facebook
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    Reconnect with Family through Facebook

    9 years ago

    When I was younger I remember spending a lot of time with my cousins. But as we got older we all moved to the four corners of the earth (or the United States at any rate).  Now through Facebook I've been able to reconnect with many of my relatives.

  • What does God mean when He asks women to submit to their husband?
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    What does God mean when He asks women to submit to their husband?

    7 years ago

    American society has a strong sense of independence built into it. Women in our society have opportunities that were not available to them in the past. Because of that the verses in Ephesians particularly "Wives be subject to your own husbands" seem...

  • Review of
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    Review of "I Can Color" by School Specialty Publishing

    9 years ago

    The I Can Color Book is part of the "Big Skills for Little Hands" series put out in 2008 by Brighter Child a division of School Specialty Publishing. The series is designed to teach a child fine motor skills and help prepare them for school. And...

  • Journaling to Your Spouse
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    Journaling to Your Spouse

    9 years ago

    After you've been married for awhile and the honeymoon phase is over it is easy to fall into a routine, which can quickly become a rut. When you add children into the equation your chance to whisper sweet nothings into your significant other's ear...

  • Reading the Bible in Half a Year
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    Reading the Bible in Half a Year

    9 years ago

     Whether you are reading the Bible for its literary value or its spiritual content it can be a little daunting to read the entire book through.  Also, unless you read it in order it can be difficult to track what you have already read and what you...

  • Keep the Box Throw Out the Toy
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    Keep the Box Throw Out the Toy

    9 years ago

    Anyone who has watched a young child open a gift has observed the phenomenon of the present being tossed aside in favor of the box and shiny paper. Young children with their budding imaginations can see endless possibilities in a box. And, before...

  • How to Make an Alphabet (ABC) Book with your Toddler
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    How to Make an Alphabet (ABC) Book with your Toddler

    6 years ago

    Learning the alphabet is one of your child's first steps on the road to academia. And as a new parent, we can get caught up in our desires for our children to excel. This can make teaching our children the alphabet seem a rather daunting task. But...

  • More Colorful Meals with Egg White Paints
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    More Colorful Meals with Egg White Paints

    9 years ago

     Winter can be a little cold and dreary.  The children are often trapped indoors and under foot.  (Especially in Washington were we are more likely to get rain than snow.)  This makes it an ideal time to bring color into your kitchen and your...

  • Taking Road Trips with Children
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    Taking Road Trips with Children

    7 years ago

    The car is packed, the journey plotted and the open road stretches before you. There is just one problem the children in the back seat chorusing "Are we there yet?" that is when they are not issuing complaints about the behavior of their siblings....

  • Review of the 2007 Golden Compass movie
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    Review of the 2007 Golden Compass movie

    9 years ago

    If you are looking for a good fantasy movie for your children, keep looking. The Golden Compass is not that movie. While the movie does contain a number of fantasy elements that are beautifully portrayed on screen the "heroine" is not a role model I...

  • Review of
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    Review of "Tinker Bell" by Disney

    9 years ago

     If you have a little young lady on your gift list I highly recommend Tinkerbell the 2008 Disney movie. This 70 minute origin story presents a strong message of taking pride in your own talents instead of striving to have what others have. Also,...

  • What to do with leftover Thanksgiving turkey?
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    What to do with leftover Thanksgiving turkey?

    9 years ago

    The turkey turned out beautifully.  The meal was delicious.  The family was well behaved and social.  Everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  But now everyone's gone home, and you are faced with the age old question:  What do I do with all this...

  • Creating a Book of Blessings
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    Creating a Book of Blessings

    9 years ago

    Start a new holiday tradition this year: create a Book of Blessings with your family. A book of blessings is an artistic, decorative listing of those things for which your family is thankful. The book can include contributions from your immediate...

  • Redecorating Your Bedroom for Romance
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    Redecorating Your Bedroom for Romance

    7 years ago

    Once the kids arrive it can be difficult (sometimes it seems impossible) to find time for romance. Children seem to invade every portion of your lives. However, they will eventually move out and it will just be you and your spouse again. So, rather...

  • Preparing for Your First Child
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    Preparing for Your First Child

    10 years ago

    Your first child is a miracle unlike any other. It can be a wonderful experience. However, like any transition it can also be fraught with stress and fear. So, here are some ideas for combating those fears and relaxing enough to enjoy your miracle. ...

  • Timing the Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner
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    Timing the Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

    10 years ago

    Preparing a Thanksgiving dinner can be intimidating. However, the main key to preparing a wonderful dinner is the timing. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is harder to time than your standard dinner because you are preparing so many more dishes. But...

  • Book Review of Footprints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin with Lesson Plan Ideas
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    Book Review of Footprints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin with Lesson Plan Ideas

    6 years ago

    Part of the Hello Reader series by Scholastic Footprints in the Snow is a level one reader good for preschoolers to first graders. Cynthia Benjamin tells a simple story of animals returning home for the winter. The story is accompanied by...

  • How do you get someone in the Christmas spirit?
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    How do you get someone in the Christmas spirit?

    5 years ago

    Feeling the holiday blues? Here are several tips to help you get into the festive spirit. Hope they help you put away your Christmas Grinch and join St. Nick with a "Merry Christmas to all..."

  • Saving Money on Your Food Bill
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    Saving Money on Your Food Bill

    10 years ago

    Food is often an area of the budget were money is hemorrhaged. Because, unlike some of the other items we budget for, you can't exactly go without food. So the question becomes how do you cut back without cutting out the grocery bill? Everyone...

  • Planning Birthday Parties For Children
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    Planning Birthday Parties For Children

    9 years ago

    A birthday party is a child's main social event of the year. That can make it pretty intimidating for a parent planning the party. However, there are really only three main things to keep in mind when planning your child's party. First, know your...

  • Wedding Planning:  How to make that special day even more special!
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    Wedding Planning: How to make that special day even more special!

    10 years ago

    Every little girl dreams of her wedding day. Dressed as a princess and walking down the aisle to her prince, we all dream of our happily ever after. Now as an adult you want to make sure your special day is filled with magic and uniquely yours. One...

  • The Romantic Scenic Drive
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    The Romantic Scenic Drive

    5 years ago

    Looking to take a romantic ride with your significant other? This article provides tips and suggestions to make your experience the best it can be. As well as links to a number of scenic roadtrip options.

  • Top Ten Television Shows Now Available on DVD
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    Top Ten Television Shows Now Available on DVD

    10 years ago

    Have you ever noticed that many of the truly intriguing shows get cancelled and the common, predictable shows seem to stay on the air forever? My husband and I have groused about this topic on many occasions. So, I thought I would share some of my...

  • How to Lower Day-to-Day Transportation Costs
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    How to Lower Day-to-Day Transportation Costs

    10 years ago

    As the cost of gasoline rises more and more people are beginning to think about alternative forms of transportation. However, the convenience of a car is hard to resist. So what are some ways to at least lower your day-to-day transportation costs? ...

  • Simple Fall Decoration Ideas That Anyone Can Handle
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    Simple Fall Decoration Ideas That Anyone Can Handle

    10 years ago

    Fall is a time of rich colors: reds, oranges and yellows. Red is a color that is associated with human passions. The color orange commonly represents desire and flamboyance. While, yellow is seen to represent warmth and happiness. With such...

  • Review of
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    Review of "Sleep Tight!" by Constance Allen

    10 years ago

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