Category Archives: Education

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Tips on Being A Great Homework Parent

CHARLOTTESVILLE TEACHER SHARES TIPS WITH PARENTS ON HOW TO HELP WITH HOMEWORK In the book, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Ivan, a silverback gorilla, watches his human friend Julia consistently agonize over homework and remarks, “Homework, I have discovered, involves a sharp pencil and thick books and long sighs.” Sometimes, but not […]

How One Local Mom Turned A Passion Into A Platform

MOM & CO-FOUNDER OF MY MUSIC STARTS HERE SHARES HOW SHE BROUGHT HER PASSION OF MUSIC TO OTHERS We’re so excited to share the story of how this local mom and teacher, Mary Anderson, turned her passion into a platform for local children. I was an elementary and preschool music teacher for 13 years and […]

How to Raise Resilient Kids

9 TIPS FOR HELPING YOUR KIDS IN THESE CHALLENGING TIMES To say that these past months have been challenging is an understatement. With the pandemic, Black Lives Matter, riots, unemployment, fires, the whirl of the coming election, homeschooling and the isolation from family and friends, it’s no surprise that anxiety and depression are up nationally. […]

5 Ways to Engage Young Children with Music

WHY & HOW WE SHOULD INCORPORATE MUSIC INTO OUR HOME As parents, we all want our children to be healthy and happy. We want them to be kind to others and feel successful and fulfilled by pursuing their goals. We want them to be strong, resilient, lifelong learners. And for the most part, we know that […]

COVID School Stress Solutions

HELPING CHILDREN MANAGE THEIR MENTAL HEALTH Adults aren’t the only ones who need to protect their mental health. Many children experience elevated stress levels when it comes to school. Accelerated development causes stress for many young children. “This means pressure to grow up too fast, [including] less recreational time and play-based activities in school,” says […]

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Black History Month Books for Kids

CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR TEACHING ABOUT BLACK HISTORY MONTH Reading with your children is one of the best ways to engage with them on important issues. This February, honor Black History Month by taking time to read with your family, and encourage your kids to learn and talk about diversity and our country’s history. Check out […]

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How to Ensure Your Toddler Understands No Means No

Dear Bob: No Means No   My toddler seems to have a hard time expressing himself with words. What can I do to help him? Actually there’s a lot you can do to help increase your toddler’s wordage. Here are some tips:   How To Talk & Listen To Your Child Most parenting articles stress […]

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Easy At-Home Math & Science Games

6 GAMES TO REINFORCE MATH AND SCIENCE SKILLS Lazy days at home give kids plenty of chances to unwind, but time out of school can cause kids to forget academics, and losses are greatest for kids who are already struggling. The good news? Fun, at-home math projects using inexpensive supplies can prevent learning loss, and […]

Balancing Act

HOW A LOCAL CHILDREN’S AUTHOR IS BALANCING WORK & AT-HOME SCHOOLING Virginia children’s book author Marc Boston moved to Charlottesville from Kansas City, in part, to immerse himself in this city’s strong writing community. A stay-at-home dad and lifelong book lover, Boston enjoyed bedtime stories as much as his three young daughters. But when they […]