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The Benefits of Reading to Our Children

In today's world of screens and video media, we sometimes forget about the joy of reading. Reading books aloud to your kids can be the most peacefully rewarding part of your everyday life if you set aside time for it. Simply reading aloud to your children can benefit all areas of their development, from bonding to cognitive learning. Reading aloud provides the opportunity for one-on-one time.... Keep Reading

Good Citizenship in a Me-Driven World

good cit • i • zen    adjective & noun having superior qualities to fill a particular role; an inhabitant of a particular town or city  What do you think of when you see our flag? Growing up, the U.S. flag was proudly flown in our home. My German grandparents met on Ellis Island during citizenship classes and celebrated by being married on the Fourth of July. The flag... Keep Reading

Summer Safety

Warmer weather means sprinkler fun, swimming pools and outside family time! However, extra precautions need to be taken to make sure our kids stay safe outdoors. Summertime can be hazardous because of the heat, intense sun, insects and increased time spent outside. There are key ways to make sure summertime fun stays safe for everyone. The first step is the easiest of all: Stay hydrated! The... Keep Reading

Courage in a Bubble-Wrapped World

cou • rage     noun the ability to do something that frightens one; strength in the face of pain or grief synonyms: bravery, pluck, valor, daring, audacity, boldness, grit Let's take a closer look at this character trait. It's simple in concept, but are you practicing it on a regular basis? I sometimes find myself avoiding things that I am afraid of, but then my courageous inner... Keep Reading

Kindness

kind • ness    noun the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate Be kind. These two simple words composed one of my three classroom rules when I was a preschool teacher. But how simple truly is kindness, and what is its value? The Dalai Lama, the head of Tibetan Buddhism, perfectly articulates the simplicity of kindness in his following statement: "There is no... Keep Reading