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Playful Learning
Sunday, November 15, 2009

"Engaging in playful learning experiences with your children requires planning, preparation, flexibility, spontaneity and free, unstructured periods of time in your schedule.  This website has been designed to help families with the first two requirements: planning and preparation.  Incorporating the last three items: flexibility, spontaneity and free, unstructured periods of time into our lives is a process that is worthy of sharing with each other."

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Tips for Parents: Holiday Budgets--A Learning Opportunity
Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Learn how setting up a Christmas budget with the kids can teach them important lessons about credit, saving, and how to find good deals at the store. 

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Tips for Parents: Elections for Kids
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Get tips for introducing your kids to our nations' democracy and teaching them the elections process.

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Smithosonian Education Resources
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Smithosonian Education Resources offers lesson plans, kids activity sheets, student and family activities and more on this free website.  The site is divided into separate areas for teachers, families and students.

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Video: The Importance of Estimation
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tips to teach your child estimation at home through everyday tasks.

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Video: Science at Home
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tips to help your child develop science skills at home.

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Video: Magazines Make Great Gifts
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Learn why magazines make fun and educational gifts.

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Video: Learning Resolutions
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The importance of making learning resolutions in your family.

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Video: Home is Your Child's First School
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tips to prepare your child for school and lifelong success.

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Video: Help Your Child Learn Geography
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ways you can help your child learn geography at home.

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Video: Geometry-Not Just for High School
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Why children learn geometry most effectively when it is part of their daily lives.

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Video: Encouraging Writing
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Teach your child good writing skills.

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Video: Educational Gifts
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Break the routine with intelligent toys your child will love.

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Video: Ecology Starts at Home-Part II
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tips to teach your children ecology at home.

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Video: Ecology Starts at Home-Part I
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Understand why students need action-oriented ecology lessons at home.

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Video: Curing Our Science Phobia
Friday, April 11, 2008

Find out how to use your home and yard as a science laboratory.

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Video: Children and Money-Part 2
Thursday, April 10, 2008

The benefits of linking a weekly allowance to assigned chores.

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Video: Children and Money-Part 1
Thursday, April 10, 2008

Learn to build your children's money management skills with a weekly allowance.

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Tips for Parents: Home is Your Child's First School
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Understand your role as your child's first teacher.

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Tips for Parents: Environmental Education
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Understand the ways you can teach your kids about environmental education at home.

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My Wonderful World
Monday, March 31, 2008

"My Wonderful World is a national campaign to give kids the power of global knowledge."  This campaign seeks to increase global awareness through geography.  With a parent action kit, links to other great resources, and "games and cool stuff" for kids. 

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Tips for Parents: Thinking Skills
Monday, March 31, 2008

Tips for developing strong thinking skills in kids.

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Tips for Parents: Magazine Gifts
Thursday, March 27, 2008

Why magazines make great gifts for kids.

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The Money Instructor
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Useful articles for teaching kids important money management skills.

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Tips for Parents: Attention
Monday, March 17, 2008

Learn ways to help your child focus and increase their attention span.

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NRDC's Guide to Greener Living
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Quick tips on how to save energy on the road and at home, how to save resources at home and at work, easy ways to conserve water, support organic and sustainable farming, and how to invest responsibly and act for the environment.  Also available in Spanish.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Visit the Met’s web page to view works of art in both their permanent  and “Now on View” collections.  Kids can check out the “Museum Kids” page for online activities and features like the “Carpet Hunt” where they can learn more about animals hidden in a carpet, or follow Marco Polo’s route. Then visit the Met store for great gift ideas

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Memory Building Games
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Free memory-improving games for kids. 

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Helping Your Child Series
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

From the U.S. Department of Education Office of Communications and Outreach, these comprehensive guides provide learning activities for parents to do with their children, tips for success, other ways to help, typical child development, and additional resources. Also available in Spanish.

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Hearthsong
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

This site sells educational games, toys, and puzzles as well as craft, science, art, and music kits.

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