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Our Thanksgiving Morning: Feeding People Who Are Homeless

Our Thanksgiving Morning: Feeding People Who Are Homeless

I just wanted to share a little with you about our Thanksgiving morning. It has become our annual tradition to join Volunteer 4 Long Island in preparing food for people who are homeless. My daughter was very excited because this was her first year to actually help prepare the meal. This year they prepared almost 300 meals to distribute to emergency housing and bring to places in our community where people who are homeless set up make-shift … Read entire article »

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Share a Spirit of Giving This Holiday Season

Share a Spirit of Giving This Holiday Season

In the hustle and bustle of a busy month, it is easy to lose the “reason for the season”. Whether you are celebrating a religious Holiday or not this month, December is a good time to pause and reflect. To me, more important than academic or financial success, is raising children who have a sense of joy, fulfillment, gratitude, and generosity. LeapFrog asked me to share Tips for Teaching Giving as part of their weekly Holiday Countdown. I … Read entire article »

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Help Earn 2,500 Books for a First Book Donation

Help Earn 2,500 Books for a First Book Donation

We volunteer and donate as much as we are able and literacy charities are very important to me as a mother and an educator. The evidence is clear: simply owning books helps a child identify as a reader and increases literacy rates. And the return on gains in literacy rates is huge. One organization that is putting books in the hands of low-income, at-risk children is First Book. “To date, First Book has distributed more than … Read entire article »

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Earth Day Books for Kids

Earth Day Books for Kids

Many of our crafts involve re-purposed /  recycled materials and now that we are in full spring swing we are closely connected with the new growth going on outdoors.  We also enjoy picture books that address Earth Day directly or environmentalism in a more general way.  Here are a few of our favorites: The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, is the classic children’s story of the damage one person’s greed (the entrepreneurial Oncler) can do to the … Read entire article »

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On the Wings of a Butterfly

On the Wings of a Butterfly

We love making butterflies (usually from coffee filters) and two years ago we heard about The Butterfly Project. Here’s the information from the site. 1,500,000 innocent children perished in the Holocaust. In an effort to remember them, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies. The butterflies will eventually comprise a breath-taking exhibition, currently scheduled for Spring 2012, for all to remember. They prefer 2D butterflies and I wanted to help my daughter create something special for The Butterfly … Read entire article »

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Reach Out and Read at The UPS Store

Reach Out and Read at The UPS Store

At the foundation of academic success, lifelong learning, modern communication, and participation in democracy…is literacy. Reading is a key that opens up entire treasure trove of new experiences, knowledge, and power. Which is why I am always excited to support and promote proven literacy projects, like Reach Out and Read.  Last year a few moms and I ran a book drive for our local program.  I am thrilled to partner with my local The UPS Store through … Read entire article »

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3 Picture Books That Inspire Children to Give

3 Picture Books That Inspire Children to Give

‘Tis the season for thinking of others and I hope that volunteering and charitable giving become a year-round habit for my children. I’ve posted 9 Expert Tips for Teaching Children About Giving and Volunteering and shared some of the Holiday volunteering I do with my young children. Children usually learn best by doing. Reading age-appropriate stories is a great way to inspire and reflect on your activities. So, here are four picture books that inspire … Read entire article »

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Holiday Volunteering with Young Children

Holiday Volunteering with Young Children

We try to do several volunteer service activities throughout the year. Volunteering was a big part of my life before children. Because my young children are usually with me, I’ve had to change things up a little bit. Feeding People Who Are Homeless In November, we joined Volunteer 4 Long Island in preparing meals for people who are homeless and under-housed. The adults prepare the food and distribute it at spots throughout the area … Read entire article »

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9 Expert Tips for Teaching Children about Giving and Volunteering

9 Expert Tips for Teaching Children about Giving and Volunteering

As we approach the Holiday Season in the United States, we give thanks for all of our blessings.  My thoughts also turn to those who do not have as much as we do–both in the way of material goods but also in terms of opportunity, companionship, and hope. As parents, we have the important job of teaching children the importance of caring for their fellow human beings–and that even the smallest person can make a big … Read entire article »

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A Day Made Better

A Day Made Better

I joined Office Max today in Mrs. Lori Williams’s classroom for “A Day Made Better”.  For her passion, dedication, and innovation, Mrs. Williams received $1000 in school supplies as part of Office Max’s partnership with Adopt-A-Classroom to erase teacher-funded classrooms. Dr. Westrack, the principal, said, “Typically, Mrs. Williams spends thousands of dollars per year on classroom materials to benefit her students’ learning experiences.  We joke about her eBay addiction to buying children’s trade books.” While I was … Read entire article »

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