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Author: host Created: 4/14/2008 1:21 PM
The Parent Power Blog provides support and resources to parents with suggestions, the telling of (often humorous) experiences and a sharing of resources. We seek to ask thought-provoking questions that challenge us to think about our parenting methods, and about ways that we might improve those methods to be parents that nurture our children, support them, love them, challenge them, and encourage them to be successful in all areas of their lives. Together, we can build a strong community for our children—The Learning Community, energized by Parent Power.

With a new school year rapidly approaching, it's a good idea to make sure everyone starts working their way back to the school year sleep schedule if it differs from what you were doing this summer.  Younger kids should be getting to bed between 8 pm and 9pm, if they get up around 6 - 7 am.  Elementary aged kids need 9 - 10 hours of sleep, and teens surprisingly need between 9 and 11 hours.

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I always have waited until the kids register or get their supply lists from the school doors a week before school, but apparently, that's the old way of doing things.

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The Learning Community is possible thanks to the generous support of those who help our sponsor organization, Ornaments To Remember, such as Jerry and Nancy of Florida!

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Today's activity: learn about grains.  What grains were used in ancient civilizations?  What part of the world did corn come from?  What's the difference between whole wheat bread and white bread?  What do grains look like when they grow?  Where do they grow?  How are they transformed from the natural state into edible form?  Find a recipe for a grain you're not familiar with, and cook it.  You can boil it and make a hot cereal/porridge or grind it into flour. 

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The kids spent five fun-filled, no vegetable days getting to know Grandma and Grandpa while hubby and I spent the time doing all the things we don't while the kids are around.  And aside from the time for "just the two of us," I'm delighted the kids are experiencing the joys of time with the grandparents.

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Yesterday on our Facebook page, I asked readers to send in ideas for daily activities to keep kids busy and entertained.  The first activity I posted was to have the kids come up with a theme for each week of the summer.  When choosing these themes, they should think of things that they don't know a lot about or haven't tried, or that just sound like a lot of fun. 

I asked my kids to come up with their weekly themes, and these are their ideas.

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Study after study shows that kids lose a huge chunk of the previous year's learning during the summer if they just play and don't do any reading or studying.  But summer is for giving kids a brain break, right?

Not really.  Summer vacation was originally instituted so kids could help parents with planting and harvesting.  In today's society, not many of our kids are doing that so it's really just a tradition that few schools have gotten away from (except year round schools).  It wasn't created so kids could stop thinking for 3 months.

I've found that kids left to their own devices all summer long often get bored or in trouble.  So our summer traditions include these brain activities.

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After several years of living in Utah, we're moving back to Oregon.  We've had numerous recommendations from friends and family about where we should live--especially in regard to school districts. Being the data driven decision maker that I am, I hunted around online yesterday for some numbers to compare.  There are a couple of ways you can compare school districts online.

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Tips for safe and happy flying with kids.

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Last night we stumbled across a Killdeer nest and the kids had a lesson about camouflage and distraction tactics in nature.

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