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Kas Winters
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Watch it Grow

In these days of texting, electronic communication, digital entertainment, and computerized everything, children and others are losing touch with nature. Click here for the full article.
Sydney Paige McCutcheon
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Football

Everybody watches it - everyone's heard of it.Personally, I haven't watched that many games. I usually only watch a team if I think a player is cute (remember the kid I sat across from at lunch freshman year - #33. I actually went to a game just to see him play) or I'm downstairs and my dad explains what exactly is going on. I finally got it that in order to score a point, Click here for the full article.
Kas Winters
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The Fun and Art of Pumpkin Decorating

Pumpkin carving, painting, or decorating is one of those activities that can bring family members of all ages and description together for fun. Other groups of people such as teachers or leaders with students, scouts, teams, or specialty classes can have a good time decorating pumpkins too. It fun, a little messy, and can teach safety with using sharp tools, give the opportunity for creativity and pride of one’s work, and allow for memorable conversations between participants. Click here for the full article.
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Understanding Aspergers

What do you get when you cross the mildest and highest functioning form of autism and attention deficit disorder? Asperger’s. According to Autism United, Asperger’s Syndrome is a “neurologically-based disorder of development”. Click here for the full article.
Kas Winters
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Kas Winters Easy Ways to Teach a Child to Read

Reading is a key to learning both in school and in every day life. It is important for employment and essential for gathering information. The best part is that it really can be fun! Whether you have a beginning reader or an avid student, this is an activity that can bring parent or grandparent and child together in a special way while preparing a child to succeed in any arena. Click here for the full article.
Kas Winters
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Teach Children to Benefit from Failure

The feeling we get when we fail at something is not usually a happy one. Often the first response of a parent is to try to “make it better” for a child. In society today, we’ve gone as far as making sure that “every” child wins and gets a prize. That does two things. First it diminishes the sense of accomplishment for those who have actually accomplished the goal. Second, those who really did not “win” usually know it inside. Click here for the full article.
Kas Winters
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Use holidays to teach children lessons

Learning should be fun. Children learn best when they think they are playing. Holidays and celebrations are usually good times, which makes them wonderful opportunities for teaching. March has several regular holidays and every month has special days you can find in an online search. Here are some examples of ways to learn while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Click here for the full article.
Dr Peggy Marshall
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Spring Cleaning You

March is the month that we begin to feel the effects of Spring weather. It’s wonderful to see new blooms as we cast off the dreariness of winter. When I lived in Ohio I used to give my house a Spring Cleaning. We can use this analogy when we think about spring cleaning ourselves. Ask yourself-what do I need to clean out; what do I need to let go of? Where are the cobwebs? Click here for the full article.
Kas Winters
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Use Imaginative Play

Provide materials and tools to encourage creativity. There is a huge difference between electronic gadgets that do all the thinking, kits and projects that give instructions to make an item that looks just like the one on the cover, and truly imaginative play. Often, activities which stimulate brain activity require no materials or tools at all. Click here for the full article.
Kas Winters
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Easy Ways to Teach Children

Reading is often thought of as something that is connected to school classes, but it can be taught and encouraged at home. When our children were young, we read EVERYTHING! That included street signs, cereal boxes, milk cartons, signs on buildings, words on packages in the grocery store, words on notes on the fridge, and more. Reading happened daily. If children can read and comprehend what they read, there is nothing they can't learn. Being a good reader is the first step to understanding every other class a child attends. Our daughter placed index cards all over the house to label everyday items and her children learned to read words like "clock," "window," and others long before they started school. Of course, reading books aloud with children and letting them become comfortable with words is a perfect way to build vocabulary, spend time together, make memories, and learn how to read. With older children, share books. Read what they are reading and discuss ideas. Have books and magazines available at home. Give magazine subscriptions to students. Let them see you read. Click here for the full article.