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First Day Pin

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Starting school, whether pre-school or kindergarten, can be pretty scary. While some children enthusiastically wave good-bye and never look back, others approach this day with much apprehension. One way to ease the tension is to create a "First Day Pin". 

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Memory Beads

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Summer is a time for travel, and over the next month we will be presenting special souvenir projects that your children can create to remind them of their special vacations. 

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Teach Election 2016

Posted by Elisa Taub
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The presidential election race is heating up as the candidates travel around the country raising money and leaving some interesting, if not downright controversial, sound-bytes in their wake. But don't dismiss these early rumblings as the simply the inconsequential opening act before the big show this November. Instead, recognize it for the incredible teaching opportunity it affords us all. 

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Touch The Fence

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Basically, I invented this game so I could "play" with the kids while not moving from the porch on a hot summer day.

The idea of the game is for the kids to follow your directions in the exact order you have given them. The first direction is always "Touch the Fence" hence the name of the game. After one player completes the task, the next player is given the same task(s) plus one more. You continue adding one more task on each turn. 

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The Tortoise and the Hair: One Mother's Attempt to Loosen The Reins

Posted by Elisa Taub
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As I drove toward the salon I started to panic. What had I agreed to? Why had I suddenly had a change of heart? What message did this send? For the love of g-d, what was I thinking?

I had just dropped my daughter off at the hair salon to get low-lights in her hair. My almost 15 year old daughter. Getting her hair dyed. I felt like I had let down the sisterhood of mothers, the whole history of feminism, and quite frankly even Gloria Steinem herself (although I'm pretty sure she too dyes her hair). 

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