We're out at meetings this week so we'll be taking a break from creating our fabulous Blog content. Luckily, Grete DeAngelo, a mom, women's fiction author, and history teacher, wrote a thoughtful piece for the Huffington Post that we thought we'd share. It's definitely that time of year when parent-teacher conferences are happening, so we hope you find her perspective useful. Comment below and let us know what you think. Do you have any advice to add?
Did you know that tomorrow is Apple Crunch Day? According to the Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center, it is celebrated during National Apple Month and promotes healthy snacking. Here are some fun ideas about how you can celebrate Apple Crunch Day and National Apple Month! Watch this video for “The Apple Song” and get it stuck in your head all day. Learn about Johnny Appleseed. Make “Inside-Out Caramel Apples” or one of the other great recipes found on MommyPoppins.com.
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When asked to tell us about their favorite book, the PA Virtual Staff was eager to share! From the whimsical to the wordly, our staff shares with you their favorite books. If you’re looking for a new read for your child—or yourself—be sure to check out some of these wonderful titles.
Keeping pre-school aged children engaged while their siblings learn It's not uncommon for cyber-schooling families to have pre-kindergarten children at home with their school-aged students. Keeping younger children engaged while making sure students have interactive, educational time with their Learning Coach is critically important. In order to achieve that with babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers involved, a little planning can go a long way. Here are a few tips that might help you keep your little ones busy learning and playing all day long.
With Columbus Day often comes attention to the bravery, determination, and daring demonstrated by Christopher Columbus and other intrepid explorers who helped discover new continents. Where would we be had these men been meek, timid, and easily deterred? While there may not be many uncharted territories for us to conquer today, and certainly little time to do so amongst our hectic daily lives, there is still value in the concept of exploration, and we can accomplish it in ways other than sailing the high seas to unknown lands.
We are just one week away from celebrating Columbus Day! While many celebrations of this day include parades, festivals, and other activities that celebrate exploration, Italian heritage, or just a day off from school and work, we’re going to celebrate Mr. Columbus’ alliterative name by playing a little name game right here on the blog. Below is a list of famous people who have the same letter for their first and last name. Can you figure out who they are? If you get all of the answers, email your completed game to firstname.lastname@example.org. One winner will be drawn from all of the correct entries and will win a prize! Winner will be drawn on Wednesday, October 15, so be sure to get your entry in!
While the lives of today’s teenagers may be very different than the teenage lives many of us led, there is still one part of the experience that is likely at the top of any teen’s list: the quest for spending money. While most teens eventually get jobs in retail, fast food, or restaurants, the employment many of them often begin with is babysitting. Whether it is for siblings, family, or neighbors, babysitting can be a great first step towards gaining the independence that employment requires and experiencing the feeling of earning money for one’s work.