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Your Child’s Education Beyond the Classroom

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  Many parents understand their child’s education does not end at 3 PM Monday through Friday. Education outside the classroom is just as important as the math, English, science and history our children learn inside the classroom. The question now is, “What other type of education is there that is important and crucial to my child’s social, emotional and intellectual development?” Learning to relate to other people is a very important thing to learn from a young age. Parents try very hard to teach that to their children, but it may not be enough. Schools teach that, but it’s always on the back burner to math, English and other traditional subjects. There needs to be another system that focuses entirely on effectively communicating and relating to your peers. LEARN TO LOVE YOU Now that’s an important thing to learn....

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Five Spring-themed Educational Activities for Elementary School Kids

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  When kids are young, it’s fun to find a theme throughout the year that can help them get interested in academic educational activities. Now that spring is officially here parents and teachers can focus on spring-themed activities to help kids learn while having fun at the same time. Whether kids are doing an art project or learning about numbers, there are lots of ways elementary school age children can learn from the season. Arts and crafts projects There are some excellent spring-themed arts and crafts projects for kids that also have an educational element. Kids can learn about different types of flowers and even purchase a tulip bulb or wildflower seeds and plant them in a pot or their back garden. They can learn about soil and how much they need to water flowers and whether or not...

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Inspiring Children to Learn through Play

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Education, Parenting, Parks | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own. One of the best gifts that a parent can give their child is the gift of play. Putting down the electronics, going outside, and playing. With my job requiring me to be online for a large portion of my day, many would think that my children live a high-tech lifestyle, but we actually have the opposite. The minute that I had children, I knew that I wanted them to be outside as much as possible, digging in the dirt, climbing trees, and learning through play. My younger son attends a Waldorf School where he learns by going on nature walks, draws his own textbooks, and has a no-tech learning environment at school. Ever since...

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Five Perfect Graduation Announcements

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Education, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored Is you child getting ready to graduate this year? Create a lovely graduation announcement for all your friends and family before your precious child puts on their cap and gown and gets ready to walk up to the stage to accept their diploma. When it comes to graduation announcements, the choices are endless, but when it comes to announcing one of your child’s biggest accomplishments, you’ll want to send high-quality announcements. Basic Invite is one of our go-to places for high-quality announcements and invitations, printed on your choice of high-quality 110-pound matte, semi-gloss, or shimmer card stock. They offer their customers over 150 different colors to personalize your card to perfection. You can change the color of the text, background, and photos making all their templates customizable. If you’re worried about invitation etiquette, they have experts available via...

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Save a Life with Bayer Aspirin

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 I am participating in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central and hosted by the makers of Bayer® Aspirin. I have received compensation to thank me for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own. One night when I was a teenager, my father went out to walk the dog along the beach. The minute that he walked into the house, I immediately knew that something was wrong. He calmly went up to my mother and said the words that no child ever wants to hear their parent say, “I think I am having a heart attack.” Since my grandma had a history of heart-related issues, my mom knew what to do and got him a Bayer aspirin to chew on while she rushed him to the emergency room. Looking back, she should have called 911, but we...

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Storymakery: a Perfect Daddy/Daughter Night Out

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Education, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of the activities my wife and I like to do from time to time is spend an evening with each child one on one.  With that in mind on Friday night, my daughter and I had a planned activity. Trying to figure out an activity that is fun, educational and unique was my focus for the week prior to our night out. Fortunately for me, I was given an opportunity to visit Storymakery at Irvine Spectrum. While I was not fully familiar with the store, the evening’s plan was very intriguing.The activity would start by local author, Jeannie Fung reading her book (Hawaii) and then answering some questions. After that, the kids would each write their own stories and get it published. I thought that ending the evening with a...

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5 Tips to Keep Your Elementary School Kid on Track This Winter

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Education, Parenting | 0 comments

  There is so much to learn during the elementary school years and the school year seems longer to a student of this age. In fact, many students lose interest in school halfway through the year and have a little bit of trouble staying on track. Testing requirements seem to get harder each year, and teachers don’t have as much time to review as they did in the past. Although pressure is higher, there are so many ways a student of the stage can be successful in the classroom environment while still learning at their own pace. One of the best ways for elementary school kids to be successful is to work on time management with the help of their teachers and parents. Homework organization Elementary school kids are not ready to organize homework on their own, so they...

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Girl Scouts of OC Ignites Girls’ Interest in STEM

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  Girl Scouts of Orange County Ignites Girls’ Interest in STEM with STEMsational ME badge! Girls lose or gain interest, skill, and confidence in STEM by the 8th grade – a startling statistic made more alarming given that women make up half of the workforce, but only 25% of STEM professions (U.S. Department of Commerce). Girl Scouts of Orange County is working to change this by developing girls’ love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) before they reach this critical tipping point. The leadership development organization recently introduced STEMsational ME!, a new STEM badge exclusively for Orange County Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5). Whether you have a sporty girl, a creative girl, or an engineer in training, STEMsational ME! is all about encouraging all 4th and 5th grade girls to explore how they use STEM every day to...

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Inspiring Ali Stroker Performs with OCSA Students

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Education, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of OCSA Last week I had the opportunity to have a one-on-one interview with Ali Stroker at Orange County School of the Arts (OSCA). My mom and I attended the “Performing with the Pros” showcase performance at OCSA featuring Ali Stroker. Ali Stroker had been working with the students in the showcase for weeks leading up to the performance by sharing her talents and inspiring the group of students to reach for their dreams. Ever since I was ten, I have been watching Glee and The Glee Project, so I was so excited to meet Ali Stroker in real life and not just on a television screen. In case you don’t know Ali Stroker is, she is the first ever Broadway star in a wheelchair, and she also stars in multiple shows. When we...

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Wonder Sprouts Helps Kids Become Eco-Heroes

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Education, Events, Gardening | 0 comments

  In organic gardens overflowing with herbs, kale and berry bushes, Suzanne Slavens led my son and his new friends in song during the fall session of Wonder Sprouts at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. “Capturing sunlight, collecting worm poop, I can make a difference even though I am little.” Soon the children jumped up and danced to the music, their voices rising loud enough for the citrus trees in the hills above to hear. Suzanne is excited about the new winter curriculum for ages 3-6. Topics include making dyes out of beets and greens, searching for “gold” treasure in citrus groves and training kids to be eco-heroes. Turns out Suzanne created the quoted song about kids making a difference. She believes active lessons in nature during early childhood produce huge dividends later. “Hopefully Wonder Sprouts will inspire...

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How to Find a High-Qualified Tutor

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Education, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored in partnership with Everly Learning has never been easy for my youngest son. When a family has a child who struggles in school, it can often impact the entire family. My husband and I spend all of our time in the evenings helping our youngest son trying to ‘catch-up,’ and our two oldest children don’t get as much time from us to help them with their homework. I finally made the decision to hire a tutor to help us, so that I can divide my time more equally between all of my children, but then didn’t know where to start with finding a qualified tutor. I am a working mom and don’t have time to interview tutors or search job boards looking for the perfect educational professional. That was when my girlfriend told me about a new tutoring...

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5 Tips to Help Your Kid Succeed in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Education, Parenting | 0 comments

  The holidays are already over, and it seems like time flies; kids are about halfway through their school year and are, hopefully, rested from the holiday break. Now is a great time to reevaluate academics and think about what will make the rest of the school year a success. Perhaps a student needs a little push to get organized, or maybe they need to tackle that one tough subject. There are tons of things parents can do to help their kid have a great experience between now and June. Personal organization skills Personal organization can be hard at any age. In fact, it can be a full-time job in and of itself. Most kids, even really responsible and motivated kids, need a little bit of help with their organization. The start of a new year is an ideal...

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Five OC Holiday Break Educational Activities

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Christmas, Education, Family, Holiday | 0 comments

  The holidays provide an excellent opportunity for kids to be able to participate in educational activities outside the classroom. Most schools provide more than a week off for kids in elementary and middle school, which leaves a lot of time to fill between holiday family activities. There are tons of things parents have wanted to do with her kids but they simply didn’t have time to experience during the first semester of the school year. Now that kids are at home for winter break, there are some excellent holiday educational activities in and around Orange County. Aquariums There are several beautiful aquariums within close driving distance of cities in Orange County. They provide a great field trip for people of all ages and can be pretty educational as well. Whether a kid is in first grade or fifth,...

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Word of Mouse Gives Kids ‘Words to Live By’

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Books, Education, Family, Giveaways, Parenting | 22 comments

 Sponsored My children love to read. They are the rare children in todays society that are always walking around with a book in their hand vs. a digital device. Since my children are always reading, I love when I come across a book with a good message. Word of Mouse is a new book that was just released yesterday that sends children a great message on friendship. Before giving my children the book to read, I encouraged them to think about what words do they live by? Love. Kindness. Hope. These were a few of the words that my kids mentioned to me. We talked about what those words mean to them, and then I let them jump into the world created by James Patterson in Word of Mouse. James Patterson’s newest illustrated middle grade story follows the illuminating...

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The ‘Write Gift’ for the Teen Who Loves to Learn

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Education, Family, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored There are two things that my son loves more than anything in life, and that is learning and cooking. He is always striving to do his best in school so that he can accomplish many of his life goals. When I was a teenager, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, but my son has already planned many of his life goals, one of which he recently achieved by getting into the culinary program at the Orange County School of the Arts. Thousands of children applied for this esteemed high school educational program, and after a lengthy interview process, he was invited to attend the high school program. Since starting the school in the Fall, I have watched him blossom, grow and love life more than ever. He is passionate about his educational path...

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My Day in a CSArts Academy Visual Arts Class

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Education, Family | 0 comments

 We are proud to be an OCSA family If you read my earlier story, you know that I am taking a CSArts Visual Arts Portfolio class at OCSA. My first CSArts class was last week, and it was a blast. Last week we started off by drawing our hands and seashells, but this week we did a little bit more complex drawings. The class started off by doing some blind contour drawings. If you don’t know what that is, it is a drawing exercise where you cannot lift your pen, and you cannot look at your paper. The teacher started us off by giving us each an object and having us draw it with blind contour. We did this for about an hour and then we began to do controlled contour, which is the same thing except we were...

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Orange County School of the Arts’ First Annual College Fair

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  On October 20, 2016, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) hosted its first annual College Fair for its high school students and parents. Most college fairs offer several information sessions about admissions and financial aid, and booths featuring representatives from universities and colleges. OCSA’s College Fair took this model a step further by offering a variety of interactive master classes, arts and academic panels, and showcases. The event kicked off with a performance from USC’s infamous Trojan Marching Band. Whether you are a USC fan or not, the Trojan Marching Band provided great entertainment to the attendees, playing upbeat hits such as Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” Pat Benetar’s “Heartbreaker,” and The Offspring’s “The Kids Aren’t Alright.” Additionally, the band conductor spoke about ways for students to get involved in any university’s campus life, such as going to...

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Fighting the Fall Flu Bugs with Providence Express Care at Home

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored I have found this year to be one of the hardest as a mom. I have three children in three different schools with three different after school activities. Since school started in September, I have been living in my car, spending all day driving my kids around town. If I’m not shuffling the kids from activity to activity, I am stopping at various coffee shops to try and get my work done. Winter coming soon means the start of colds and flus. Normally, I would be fearful of my kids coming down with a cold or flu this year because I just don’t have a free moment in my schedule to take them to a doctor’s appointment to get a prescription. Over the summer, I learned about a great online tool for parents called Providence Express Care Virtual....

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My First CSArts Academy Visual Arts Class

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Education, Family | 0 comments

 We are proud to be an OCSA family If you don’t know what OSCA is, then you should definitely do some research! OCSA stands for Orange County School of the Arts, and it is amazing! There are certain things you can apply for to be accepted into OSCA. My brother applied for Culinary Arts & Hospitality and got accepted, and I was so excited for him. I love photography and drawing, so when I found out there is a category that you can apply for under for visual arts, I freaked out (with excitement.) My parents did some research and figured out that OCSA was holding CSArts Academy classes every Saturday for portfolio preparation for Visual Arts. Once they had signed me up, I was a little nervous about making friends and all, but I soon figured out it...

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Orange County School of the Arts Master Class with Wynton Marsalis

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Education, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

  It is not every day that high school students have the opportunity to work with legendary artists of our time. However, 21 students in the Orange County School of the Arts’ (OCSA) Ambassador Jazz Orchestra participated in the once-in-a-lifetime master class with the internationally renowned trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis on Friday, October 7, 2016. For those not familiar with the nine-time Grammy Award winner, Wynton Marsalis is the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 1983 and 1984, he became the first, and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammys in the same year. The master class is a part of the arts charter school’s Master Artist Series in celebration of its 30th anniversary. The sold-out crowd of more the 425 attendees bubbled with excitement in anticipation for the beginning of the...

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