Category Archives: Parents

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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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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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 Teachers.com

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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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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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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Single Serving Subject: Climate Change

97% of scientists agree that climate change is real and it is human influenced, yet 72% of media outlets are reporting on it in a skeptical manner. They are acting as if there are two side to the story and trying to play up a “everyone has a say” argument. This simply isn’t true when it comes to the science of climate change. I

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Kitchen Table Artwork

I haven’t seen my entire kitchen table in weeks, maybe months. Oh, I’m sure it’s there somewhere buried under the kid crafting supplies and finished artwork. The thing is, the chaos of the kitchen table as the arts & crafts area seems like a fair trade off.  At least until dinner time when I’m frantically trying to keep the food from burning while clearing

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A Commentary on Modern Computer Technology

I majored in social work in college and selected medical social work as my career choice after completing college. As a medical social worker I had the privilege of interviewing many older patients who were born and raised during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. I always enjoyed talking to them about their earlier years and many of the changes they witnessed during their

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