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Registering for your Baby Shower | Blog

So you’re a brand-new mama-to-be, dipping your toes in the water of registering for your baby shower. The options are endless… and maybe a little overwhelming? Whether you love wading through a sea of reviews and curating the best gifts possible, or you’re more on the side of wishing you could push a button that would create your registry for you, here are some tips to make registering for your baby shower as fun and painless as possible. (If only we could say the same about labor!) Keep readin
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5 Benefits of Reading to Your Child

Reading aloud is one of the most important habits that I seek to cultivate in our home. Yet in spite of how much I value literacy and literature, I’m surprised that often several days go by and we’ve barely read anything besides naptime stories. Even though I think of myself as “a mom who reads aloud,” it’s easy to let the habit slip in the midst of the busyness and distractions of daily life. I have to remind myself often to keep read alouds a priority and a default activity. Here are some of
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7 Tips for Helping Toddlers Learn

We’re so excited about the release of our Toddler Learning Kit, which we began offering last week. We love the options included in this kit, and we think you will too. No matter what tools you use, it’s good to remember a few fundamental concepts when you’re teaching your toddler. Here are 7 tips to keep in mind: Toddlers’ brains are bursting with ideas, development, and busyness. They’re not ready for long or detailed lessons yet. They have windows of time when they’re well-rested and are see
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Learning About the U.S. with Your Child

In elementary school, American school children start learning about the United States government and history. Teaching kids about their home country is a key element of shaping their cultural identity and sense of self. Whether your child was born in the U.S. or not, learning about her country of residence is important for her education. And giving kids an understanding of our national history can help them begin to form their own understanding of our country, both its geography and its politi
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10 Halloween Crafts and Games for Kids

At this point in October, we’re well into the fall season, and Halloween is quickly approaching! Today we’re sharing some creative, educational, Halloween-themed activities you can do with your child to celebrate the season. Here are some of our favorite ideas from around the Web. 1. Pop Goes the Pumpkin from Martha Stewart If you need a creative and decorative game for an October party, give this idea from Martha Stewart a try! You’ll need some foam board, burlap, duct tape, and a few other m
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Need Some Extra Motivation? Here are 3 Reasons Being Involved with Your Child's Education Makes a Big Impact.

As parents, we know that we play an important role in our children’s education, whether we send them to a traditional public school, private school, or choose to homeschool them. Learning at home is vital from the very beginning, when our children are babies and are just learning to take in the world around them, all the way to graduating from high school and beyond. A home where education is valued is one of the most important components of a child’s future success in life and in a career.
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Fun Learning Activities for Fall

Fall is officially in full swing, and now is the perfect time to grab your PSL and do some fun, educational activities together! Here are some of our favorite ideas for family bonding over fall learning: This adorable roly-poly acorn art will be a blast for your toddler. For a farm-themed sensory activity, try making a corn bin for hauling. (You might want to take this one outside!) Candy corn learning printables are an amazing idea, am I right? What toddler (or parent) is going to complain a
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Discovering Your Child's Learning Style

Do you want to be better at helping your child learn? As parents and teachers, this is our common goal. Maybe it includes: To help in any of these areas, we have to know our child as an individual. A simple way to do that is to identify his or her primary learning style. The goal isn’t to pigeonhole students, but to be better equipped to help them learn. It’s all about finding out what works for each child. You can use your child’s learning style as a key, unlocking new methods to support he
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One of the Best Cures for Mom Burnout

I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling burned out as a mom, and I know there’s no help or break available for a while, one of the first “escapes” I turn to is my phone. Whether I’m texting someone, getting on Instagram, or just aimlessly surfing the Web, it’s very tempting to use the screen as a mini vacation—a little break from the sometimes-monotonous chaos of motherhood. This week, I was reminded by this article that what seems like the solution to burnout may be making it worse. In
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Simple Tips to Help Your Child Succeed in School This Year

A lot of excitement accompanies the beginning of a new school year. As our kids are getting settled into new classrooms and new routines, it’s the perfect time for parents to consider how we can encourage their academic success this year. Elementary school is a special season of life, and it’s the right time to lay the groundwork for future success in junior high, high school, and beyond. With that in mind, we want to share four simple guidelines to keep in mind to help your child have a holis
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