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Understanding Your Choices

(NAPSI)—For many families, few things are more important than schooling—and an increasing number are taking it into their own hands. They’re welcoming the idea of more ways for children to be educated than simply by going to the district school. In schools, online, at home, with a tutor or through a combination, families use school choice options to meet each …

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Fun Ways To Inspire Kids’ Imaginations

According to numerous studies, imaginative play in childhood can be critical to cognitive and social development. Research suggests that make-believe games can increase language usage, help with self-regulation, let children express a range of emotions, and teach them to think creatively. In addition, keeping kids’ brains active and engaged can help prevent a decline in academic skills during school breaks. …

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Memorable Family Moments-Part 2

By FF Make your family’s learning adventures more memorable by encouraging kids to capture their experiences on paper. The practice of communicating on paper can help lock in memories, plus it’s a clever way for kids to practice practical skills in an engaging and productive way. Adjust these ideas as needed to match the ability level of each child so …

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Memorable Family Moments, Part1

By FF Educational activities ideal for making memories together (Family Features) Educational activities and plans that allow kids to flex their brain muscles in fun and creative ways can be ideal ways to spend family time that makes lasting memories. While children typically gain invaluable knowledge and experience in the classroom, purposeful activities done outside of that setting can help …

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Back-to-School Bus Safety

Another school year means millions of children across the country are boarding buses at the beginning and end of each day, and it provides an appropriate opportunity for parents, teachers, school administrators and students themselves to practice and enforce safety guidelines in and around the school bus. Consider these tips from the experts at the Propane Education & Research Council …

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Power-Packed Lunchbox Ideas

By FF Packing and prepping wholesome lunches doesn’t have to be a chore. You can kick health into high gear this school year with new ideas to make creative, nutrient-rich meals. Fit to satisfy various dietary restrictions, the Power Your Lunchbox program offers kid-friendly options and allergy-sensitive selections. The program, which is dedicated to helping families make healthier lunches during …

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How to cope with divorce

Commentary by Chara Divorce is stressful, painful and challenging. However, a divorce is manageable, and you can get through it with time and patience. If you are dealing with a divorce, here are some tips that might help you cope with it: *Stay positive: Divorcing your partner is difficult, but you must stay focused and maintain a mental balance. Positive …

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Youths with Down syndrome working at Mexican coffee shop

By Roberta Pardo The first coffee shop staffed by people with Down syndrome in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, continues thriving as it nears its second year of operation. Named Coffee Cordica 21, the shop opened in late 2017 as a space hoping to erase the idea that people with Down syndrome cannot live normal lives. The shop belongs to the organization …

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Animal rights legislation could get stricter in Australia

By Chara  Canberra, Australia, residents could face thousands of dollars in fines, even jail time, for forgetting to walk their dogs, yelling at their dogs or caging a dog for failure to behave. Legislation has been proposed in Australia’s capital city to impose a fine of up to $4,000 in Australian dollars ($2,800 in U.S. currency) if residents keep their pets …

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Mexican math team backed by Guillermo del Toro succeeds at Olympiad

By Roberta Pardo Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is about to make good on a promise. In May, del Toro said in a tweet he would pay for plane tickets for a group of Mexican students to attend a math Olympiad in South Africa. Since then, that team has won medals at the International Mathematics Olympiad, held recently in London …

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