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KC Summer Reading Guide: 2014

KC Summer Reading Guide: 2014

Books open new worlds to children. This summer encourage your child to cultivate a love of reading with these incentive programs from local libraries and businesses!

School Lunch vs. Sack Lunch

School Lunch vs. Sack Lunch

Teaching children to eat healthily is easy when they are at home and only face the choices we stock in our own pantries and fridges. Away from home, things become a little trickier.

7 Ways to Constructively Use Carpool Time

7 Ways to Constructively Use Carpool Time

It’s back-to-school time, and for some moms, that means sitting in the car rider line waiting for their child to come out. Sometimes, that wait can be a half hour long if you want to be one of the first ones in line. That time doesn’t have to be wasted—check out these seven activities to use your time constructively while waiting.

Get a Smart Start

Get a Smart Start

It’s easy and largely expected for teachers to lay out goals for their students at the beginning of a school year. But equally important is students’ setting goals for themselves.

5 Tips for a Fantastic First Day

5 Tips for a Fantastic First Day

Simple ways to make the most of the first day back to school!

Fun Once the Bell Rings

Fun Once the Bell Rings

After school activities are an essential and fun way to round out your child’s overall educational experience. Integrate both structured and DIY activities that complement your child’s disposition, age and interests.

Your Stressless Back-To-School Planner

Your Stressless Back-To-School Planner

A few years ago I took my two young children back-to-school shopping just a week before the big day. We had a mile-long list of supplies and clothing to buy and three stores to hit.

Back-to-School Craft: Pencil Creatures

Back-to-School Craft: Pencil Creatures

Make these adorable pencil creatures with your kids as a way to pass the time until school starts, as well as to send them off with some funky pencils that will stand out from the rest of the class!

Make the Most of 2,700 Seconds

Make the Most of 2,700 Seconds

With the first day of school right around the corner, it’s more important than ever to make the most of our 2,700 seconds (that’s 45 minutes to those of us who are math challenged) in the mornings!

Back to Savings

Back to Savings

The National Retail Federation reports that 56.2 percent of back-to-school shoppers are looking for discounts, 41.7 percent are ditching brand-names in favor of generics and 40 percent are using more coupons.

Host a Summer Book Club in 5 Easy Steps!

Host a Summer Book Club in 5 Easy Steps!

Summer’s here and the living is easy. No more teachers, no more books…While a break from the rigors and routine of the school year is beneficial, we’ve all heard about the “summer slide” or “summer brain drain” that many students experience.

Art Is All Around!

Art Is All Around!

While not everyone becomes a Picasso, art is a fundamentally important aspect of childhood. Yes, various forms of art come more naturally to some than others, but let your children try to discover what they’re naturally good at and what they enjoy most.

Little Free Library

Little Free Library

According to www.LittleFreeLibrary.org, a Little Free Library is a “‘take a book, return a book’ gathering place.” It comes in all shapes and sizes, but it is essentially a weatherproof box full of books where anyone can stop by and exchange one book for another.

Great Gifts for Terrific Teachers

Great Gifts for Terrific Teachers

Teacher Appreciation Week always sneaks up on me, so I’ve gathered five budget friendly and easy DIY gifts that you can throw together in 20 minutes or less.

Prepping for Testing

Prepping for Testing

No matter what your feelings are about standardized testing, it is a part of our educational system that is here to stay. I always tell my kids that it is not mine to take away the hard things in life, but it is my job as their mother to love them through it!