Is The Handwritten Note A Thing Of The Past?

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Receiving a handwritten letter in the mail may be a rare thing. The giant wave of all things technology has certainly made our lives easier, but have some of the simple things been lost in the process? Many feel that letter writing has now become an art form, and that is hard to argue with. The steps involved with actually writing a letter seem, well, lengthy…time consuming for today’s standards. The ease and immediacy of pressing keys and buttons is a far contrast from carefully selected and then handwritten prose on paper, perhaps the need for stationary even. Then more… read more

The App Effect

The App Effect

Children growing up in a media driven culture can be exposed to large amounts of screen time each day, at home and at school. As learning expands and interests form, you may wonder what the effect an app based environment has on learning. Research topics revolving around this area are increasing, and some studies are showing interesting findings. Schools.com has compiled an infographic outlining children’s use of tablets and attitudes revolving around apps. The educational based app arena has seen an upsurge in recent years and according to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center as many as 80% of the paid… read more

Recycling Lessons At Home

Recycling Lessons At Home

Fun family recycling projects can be done with many household items. While being creative you can also incorporate a lesson about the importance of reusing. Empty containers can be turned into a great array of objects. Kids can save milk jugs and plastic bottles of different shapes and sizes and turn them into birdfeeders. Adults can assist in cutting out an entryway with no sharp edges for feathery friends to enter. Kids can help insert or glue on a perch and decorate the bird home. Secure it to a favorite tree or post, fill with seed suited for native birds and… read more

Preschool Activities That Offer Ecological Lessons

Preschool Activities That Offer Ecological Lessons

Preschool aged children love to learn about a variety of topics. They also love the outdoors, and the combination of learning and being outside is perfect for introducing ecological responsiveness. Learning in an outdoor environment can engage children and offer experiences that they do not receive indoors. As pointed out in one study, children are exposed at a young age to environmental issues that can often be upsetting. However they often are not given enough firsthand experiences with nature in order to form meaningful connections. Outdoor connections can actually advance a child’s skillsets. Research has shown that nature based activities instantaneously enhance skills… read more

Kids With A Conscience

Kids with a Conscience

While some events and negative news can leave us questioning certain aspects of humanity at times, there are young individuals who bring hope with their positive acts. Some agencies and businesses are making it a point to honor youth who are trying to make a difference. Though they may not always be featured in the daily headlines, it is refreshing to learn about children who are proactive in making their surroundings a better place. Open to U.S. children, the President’s Environmental Youth Award has been in action since 1971. This initiative partners the President with the Environmental Protection Agency to… read more

Cool DIY Baby Projects

Cool DIY Baby Projects

Babies, with all of their splendid cuteness, need lots of stuff. Making sure they have all of the necessities to get them through their first few months can quickly become expensive. While it can be fun to pick out nursery items and layettes, what isn’t so cheerful is purchasing many high priced needs only to find out that they will be outgrown just as fast as they came out of the packaging. Or worse, to find out that what you have brought home for baby can actually be harmful. Surprising levels of hazardous substances can be found in baby items and… read more

What Really Happens To Food In The Microwave?

What Really Happens To Food In The Microwave?

Some experts say that microwave cooking is not a healthful way to heat foods. Some studies have even shown that using microwaves may decrease the nutritional value of foods. However, many households have one. So, what does microwave cooking really do to your food? First off, how do microwaves work? Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic radiation. Magnetrons, found inside microwave ovens, produce microwave radiation by discharging pulses of microwaves which bounce off of things they come into contact with, yielding an amount of energy. The process affects the water molecules that are found inside of food and increases the temperature…. read more

Kid Powered Renewable Energy

Kid Powered Renewable Energy

Empower Playgrounds Inc., or EPI, has an inventive solution to a problem that affects too many children in rural and undeveloped areas. Not having access to electricity and reliable lighting that is necessary for daily tasks provides an enormous challenge that many of us can’t even begin to understand. Lack of electricity can certainly make daily life a struggle, but imagine children who often have to work, study and perform other tasks without any access to lighting after dark. Unsafe lights, like kerosene lamps, are considered a luxury item for many families, even though they pose a great health and… read more

Going Green This Winter

Going Green In Winter

Going green should be a year-round practice. That includes during the winter months when we are usually indoors a lot more. Even though it is cold out, you can still be eco-friendly in your house, activities and lifestyle. Save energy by making sure that your doors and windows have a good seal on them. Doors and windows can be letting cold air in and warm air escape. By making sure that both are sealed, you’ll stay warmer and save on your heating bills. Keep using your bike for shorter commutes and errands. Biking can be harder in rain or snow,… read more

Homemade All Natural Licorice

Homemade All Natural Licorice

Licorice candy was popular in the early 1900’s and is still loved by many today. Some brands of licorice candies are spiced with anise flavoring, but original licorice contains the actual licorice root from a plant. Glycyrrhizin is a naturally occurring chemical which is found in licorice root that is responsible for its sweet taste, and is actually said to be even sweeter than sugar. Real licorice also has health benefits including use as a tonic for sore throats, inflammation and fatigue, among others. The root was often sold in candy stores for children, and also has some interesting other… read more