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Snap Judgments about Snapchat

Snap Judgments about Snapchat

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

By now, most parents have heard of Snapchat, the phenomenally popular new messaging app that allows users to annotate and send photos and very short videos to their friends. Unlike other messages, Snapchats are supposed to disappear in ten seconds. Kids who are tired of having their lives searched and analyzed on Facebook love that […]

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Having the Tough Talks

Having the Tough Talks

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

When it comes to discussing difficult topics with your kids, your natural inclination may be to avoid the discomfort altogether. But remember, your children will pay for your hesitancy or embarrassment with a lack of awareness they will need to make good decisions. You don’t want your child making emotion-fueled, spur-of-the-moment choices about alcohol, sex […]

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Kids & School Success

Kids & School Success

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

From crawling, walking and babbling to the angst and rebellion of the tween and teen years, children constantly go through a predictable set of developmental stages physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. “Along the way, any of these areas can be ahead or behind the others in their timing, then switch, which can be confusing for […]

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Class Dismissed: Relearning Education

Class Dismissed: Relearning Education

Village Home Education Resource Center, an alternative to school for homeschooling families in the Portland area, is featured in an upcoming documentary entitled, “Class Dismissed,” directed and co-produced by Jeremy Stuart with Three Story Films. “Class Dismissed” is the first feature-length documentary of its kind, exploring a rapidly growing trend in education: learning outside the […]

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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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What a Shame!

What a Shame!

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the Era of Over-sharing, it’s not surprising that parents post photos of their kids on social media. What’s truly startling is the popularity of something that has been called, for better or worse, “kid-shaming.” The idea of taking a photo of a sign hanging around a loved one’s neck seems to have started with […]

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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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Preserving Children’s Artwork

Preserving Children’s Artwork

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Preschool and school-age children love to create works of art for us to admire. And we do need to give our children’s efforts the attention they deserve. But, from spelling tests to craft projects, if we kept it all, we would soon be unable to find our children amongst the towering stacks of papers. Here are a […]

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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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Finding Quality Child Care

Finding Quality Child Care

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Most of us will be there at some point: we need to find a child care provider we can trust with our children. We might start with asking friends or searching online. But those in the know highly recommended that we start with our local Child Care Resource and Referral agency (CCR&R). By starting with […]

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