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Top Must-Know Family Friendly Vehicles!

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I have a friend who swears she will put it in her wedding vows that she will never, ever drive a minivan. In fact, if her future husband even suggests it, the marriage is off and she gets everything. I personally think she is brilliant, fantastic,…
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A Child's Education Begins at Home

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I didn’t mean to become Mommy Maestra. I sort of fell into it when my husband and I found ourselves in a bit of an educational dilemma.We’d recently moved to rural North Carolina from Texas after my husband accepted a new job. With two…
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Dealing With First Day Jitters As a Teacher

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First day jitters? I spent hours preparing for my first day of school: choosing just the right outfit, sorting and re-sorting my newly-purchased supplies, carefully honing my greeting, researching the course curriculum—and sweating buckets!…
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Latinos Bridging the Digital Divide

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Gone are the days when the only supplies students needed were pens, pencils and paper, when doing a research paper meant a trip to the stacks of the local library, and a visual presentation meant poster board and glue sticks.Today, school…
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5 Facts About Dyslexia

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According to The International Dyslexia Association, “dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and…
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Fun Craft Projects for Kids

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. —Pablo Picasso 400 guests. More gifts than we could fit in our car. Dollar dance money bulging from the silky drawstring bag. All of it is a blur.…
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I'm Not the Nanny, Says This Latina Mom

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We were at a Manhattan water park when it happened. I was with my then 3-year-old daughter, Luna, playing in a sandpit on a foul, chilly morning beneath clouds that looked like ripped paper. It was no day to be outside, but living in a city…
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Learning from a Child With Dyslexia

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Curly-headed, with big, expressive brown eyes, Amelia was a late-in-life baby, an only child who, in the opinion of her adoring parents, was destined for greatness. When she began Pre-K, my husband and I had big dreams that her little school…
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Back to School Tips from Teachers

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The start of the school year brings a flurry of activity and, often, a wave of anxiety. Along with the latest clothes, the fresh supplies, and the promise of a blank slate, there is also an undercurrent of worry—for both parents and students. Worry…