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Explore learning in all its many facets: public schooling, alternative educational approaches, homeschooling, adult learning and more.


Getting Kids Organized
Job Experience for Teens
Start a Teen Reading Group
Summer Jobs for Teens
Easy Way to Start a School Drama Club

Earth Keepers Activities - Featuring a different earth or ecology-friendly picture book each month, along with educational activities to inspire families to become eco-explorers and keep tomorrow’s earth squeaky green.

Mama, Do You Love Me?
Air pollution, bees and honey making!
Let's Read Together!

Reading to Kids - Kids and Reading

Make Readers of Your Future Leaders
Seven Benefits of Reading Fiction


Getting started in homeschooling
Building the Homeschooling Village


Building the unschooling village
Can a single parent unschool?

Do-It-Yourself Crafting Ideas

Essential Art Supplies for Creative Kids
Homemade Salt Dough
Homemade Cornstarch Clay

Kids and War - Kids Coping with War

Helping Kids Cope With News of War
Teaching About the War

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Back to School For Mom, Too
A degree, certification or courses in a chosen field can boost employability, lead to pay raises and provide personal satisfaction. But between juggling kids, a house and maybe a job, the idea of pursuing higher education might seem like no more than a pipe dream for many busy parents.

10 Reasons to Tell Your Kids Stories
In today’s busy world, many parents have lost the art of telling their stories to their kids. Don't pass up the opportunity to connect with your kids at the same time you tell them what's important to you. It will be a huge gift to your kids, and a huge gift to you.

Getting Kids to Organize Themselves
The school year is in full swing again in many places -- and with it, another opportunity to make the days run a bit smoother than they did before. Like most parents, I've discovered there are a handful of challenges each year that need to be addressed to make for a productive, successful school year.

Encourage Natural Expression
Five-year-old Jasper doesn't look up at the people watching him as he studies the mandrill's colorful face and picks the right colored pencil. Then he's ready to move on to the orangutans, whom he has sketched before. With only inches of glass separating them, he shows the finished portrait to the great ape, who grins at him, much to the audience’s delight.

I’ve been looking at different schools for my children and keep hearing about Montessori and Waldorf schools. How are these different from traditional schools?

What’s Up With Charter Schools?
When all the traditional educational options seem like a bad fit, what’s a parent to do? Charter schools may offer just the alternative you’re seeking.

“I Hate My Teacher!”
You just started a new school year, and already your child is complaining about his teacher. What should you do?

Help Your Kids Set Their Own Goals
Goal setting and time management are valuable assets in your kids' quest for self-reliance and self-confidence. You can help them learn these skills by starting with a few simple steps.

Learning All Day Long
Providing a rich learning environment for your baby or toddler isn’t as complicated as you might think. Creating a great environment for learning simply means doing the things that you would normally do with them anyway but in a conscientious manner.

Help Your Kids Become Independent Learners
To ensure a lifetime of successful learning, the most important tool you can give your child is the ability to learn independently. The earlier you can train your children to learn on their own the better — but it’s never too late to give your children skills that will certainly help them in their adult life.

Mom, I Want to Quit Piano Lessons!
Quitting piano lessons for the summer? Not a good idea! Repetition is the essence of learning.

Multiple intelligences approach to curriculum
What exactly does this mean? What are the benefits?

Science in the Blink of an Eye
Help children develop a love for science or nurture their already growing interest with these simple experiments.

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