PTA Meeting

5 Unexpected Lessons from Joining My Kid’s PTO

When my daughter started Kindergarten this year, my mother-in-law encouraged me to join the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). I balked thinking it would be all politics and little fun…but she strongly disagreed.  “It’s fun!” she exclaimed. “Especially the classroom parties!”   At any rate, I decided to take her advice and I’m glad I did.  I signed up to be a “Homeroom Parent” (i.e. Party

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Fitness Trail and Exercise Station

Low Cost and Free Family Fitness Ideas, Tools & Apps

Bruce Sr. “Dad”,  BJ and I have almost always had some sort of physical activity in our lives spanning all kinds of interests such as tennis, soccer, hockey, running, rollerblading, aerobics, and more.   It’s just been something that we’ve consistently enjoyed in our lives so I thought we’d share some of our favorite new low cost and free fitness activities.     Note that most

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Computer Programming Resources for Kids

I (Megan BJ’s sister) run an Adobe User Group where each month we get together to talk about various technologies as they relate to design, photography and/or programming.   Last month we had a great presenter, Tamara Eyster, who talked about creating educational games for children.   While her presentation was largely geared towards adult educators, we learned that there’s quite a few good

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Podcast Review: StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson

I’m a big fan of Podcasts and a new favorite of mine is StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson. First, a little about Neil deGrasse Tyson.  Frankly, he is the most down-to-earth astrophysicist on the planet.  He can break down these amazingly complex ideas like string theory and quasars, in a way that is both entertaining and easily understood by those of us

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Summer Break: Camps!

Summer camps have played a huge role in my life. It’s hard to say how I would have turned out without them. I learned a lot about myself and the world around me by attending camps. I should explain a bit of my personal history with summer camps. When I was pretty young, pre-homework helper age, my parents had me go to “daycare” at

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Site Review: Teachers Pay

Let’s start off with the basics…Teachers work their butts off to get great resources together for class. They create games, worksheets, and lesson plans with almost no financial support outside of a micro budget. In most fields when you create a unique product, you can sell it and get a small financial gain. For example, if I create a photoshop action that enhances photos, I can

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Shrinky Dink Science

The Science Behind the Fun of Shrinky Dinks

Growing up, I loved when my mom would get out the Shrinky Dinks, let me color them, and watch them bake down in the oven. When I saw a “Jewelry” Shrinky Dinks kit on clearance at a local bookstore, I knew it was time to introduce my daughter to the wonders of shrinking plastic. Shrinky Dinks, for those who may not know, are thin

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Celebrate National Library Week!

National Library Week! Reading has always been a big part of our family. Some of my earliest memories are of going to the small library in my hometown with my mom to participate in their children educational classes or just to check out some cool new books and the occasional VHS tape. The American Library Association is celebrating National Library Week this year from April 14th-April

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HH Update: New Links – Music!

HH Update: New Links – Music We’ve been busy adding some new links and sections to the site as fast and as efficiently as we can find them and screen them. One subject that I personally was not very familiar with and upon the relaunch realized was heavily lacking in the homework helper was artistic education links, especially music related subjects. Since I now work full

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Do a Dot Markers

Art Supply Review: Do·A·Dot Art Markers and Coloring Books

My daughter and I were introduced to Do·A·Dot Art markers (we call them “stampers” in our house) at her preschool when she was about two years old.  One of the main reasons I wanted to write a blog post about these markers is that they are one of our very favorite art supplies and they are made in the USA too. Do·A·Dot Art markers

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