Archive: Parenting Tips

Parents Want SEL!

Parents in 2019 are getting choosey about what they want for their kids, both in and out of school. A recent survey conducted by Peachjar, a cloud-based communication platform that distributes school and community information to more than 10 million parents in 40 states, shows they are looking for more and better options for their kids’ after school enrichment. Parents …

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Parental Controls

Kids of all ages delight in smart phones, tablets, game systems, computers and probably other items we’re not even aware exist. Sure, screens can be fun and educational, but as a parent of any age child knows, they can also cause problems. First of all, we know that electronic devices are addictive – both to adults and children. Limiting screen …

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Curriculum Spotlight – Marina Hydeman 

Greetings from the curriculum department! This week I (Ryan Kochevar) sat down with Marina Hydeman to talk all things curriculum.   RK: Marina is our nature and science programs writer for our EDMO and PRO curriculum, that’s for campers in 1st through 8th grades. She’s here with me today to answer some questions I have.  MH: Looking forward to it!   RK: So, first question, how long have you …

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Becoming an Expert

10,000 hours.  This is the approximate amount of time of deliberate practice necessary to attain world class expertise in a field according to the study by K. Anders Ericsson, Ralf Th. Krampe, and Clemens Tesch-Romer.  When psychologists refer to deliberate practice, it means doing so in a way that pushes one’s skill set as much as possible. This “10,000 hour …

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Navigating the News

It’s hard not to hear what is happening in Washington and in the political world right now. Even if you’re trying to decompress and watch The Ellen Show or The View, coverage is interrupted by the latest in the news and updates on the Senate Hearings and other national world events. With TV or Radio on, even as background, and …

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Makers: Why does my kid keep raiding the recycling bin?

Better than LEGOs, MindCraft and even YouTube, raiding the recycling bin is my son’s favorite past-time. Starting with a supply of duct tape, and as he’s gotten older a glue-gun, batteries, LEDs, wires, wheels, a small tool kit, and a few motors re-purposed from RC cars of the past, he can occupy himself for hours. I’m sorry to admit that …

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