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Handy Homework Strategies

Handy Homework Strategies

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

As I overheard a conversation with a parent discussing her child’s routine and the late hour the child completed her homework the night before, I thought about how easily we allow our kids to slip into procrastinating habits that result in disastrous consequences. Instead of encouraging behavior toward meeting their responsibilities, we allow distracted effort […]

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Preschooler SmartStart

Preschooler SmartStart

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

You’ve picked up your child from her 2s, 3s or 4s program, with the rest of the day or the weekend ahead of you. Now what? It’s a common dilemma. “So many parents ask me, ‘What do I do with my child when we get home?’” says Elissa Sungar, a former preschool teacher at Stanford University […]

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Stepping Up From Middle to High School

Stepping Up From Middle to High School

The transition from middle school studies to an early high school curriculum can be an exciting yet daunting experience for students. In the transition, teenagers tend to realize that their study habits need an upgrade. However, not all ninth graders know how to upgrade their scholastic systems, and may find themselves falling behind in school […]

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Welcome to Language through Fusion

Welcome to Language through Fusion

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Did you know that numerous studies have shown that multilingual learning benefits students’ brain function, as well as their social skills? Many educators tout the benefits of language-immersive education, and there are plenty of good reasons to consider a bilingual, multicultural learning environment for your child. This is why the German American School of Portland […]

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Explore World Cultures This Summer

Explore World Cultures This Summer

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Mom, what can I do?” “Are we going somewhere today?” “I’m bored!” Sound familiar? Instead of turning on the TV or video games when kids get antsy this summer, why not take a trip around the world? Traveling internationally might not be in your budget, but when it’s too hot to go outside, you can […]

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Arts and Achievement at Northwest Academy

Arts and Achievement at Northwest Academy

The editor of Portland Family asked Northwest Academy for a few reflections from some of our seniors. We decided to have one of our journalism students take on this task for a class assignment. Her interviews with some of our soon-to-be graduates provide a glimpse into our downtown school and its art-based, college-preparatory curriculum. Northwest […]

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Plan a Homeschool Graduation

Plan a Homeschool Graduation

Your homeschooled teenager studied hard for four years and now the time is drawing to a close. You would like to recognize him for his efforts, but you don’t belong to a group that hosts a graduation for its members. What do you do? We’ve graduated four of our six children from homeschool, and we’ve […]

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An Edible Education

An Edible Education

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

As our food system faces challenges, I believe our greatest gift to our children is an “edible” education. In America today, it is more common for our food to come from across the world than from our own backyards. Agriculture took a wrong turn a few generations back, replacing biodiverse family farms with industrial corporate […]

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Handwork as a Social Affair

Handwork as a Social Affair

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered whether handwork, such as knitting, crafting and whittling, is good for your child? Neurological research has shown that use of the fingers and dexterity challenges for growing children are interrelated with brain development. This research confirms the beliefs and experiences that Waldorf educators have integrated into their teaching curriculum for more […]

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Children’s Garden: Developing A Lifetime of Learning and Play

Children’s Garden: Developing A Lifetime of Learning and Play

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Portland is a hub for young families. With amazing hiking trails and just a short drive to the coast or mountains, it has a little bit of something for everyone. Such a large population of families with young children means that Portland’s early childhood learning centers are an important part of this community. Indeed, there […]

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