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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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Affordable Nature-Based Education for Children

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Education, Events, Family | 0 comments

  Looking for something fun and educational for your children? I recently experienced a fantastic nature-based educational program at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. During our first Wonder Sprouts class, my son discovered the joy of turning lemons into lemonade, literally. Suzanne Perry Slavens, Life Science Director and teacher, sang a song about a moose who loved his juice. Afterwards, she led our class to the on-site organic citrus orchards where everyone picked lemons and piled them high into baskets. Returning to the pavilion overlooking a large, colorful organic garden, we continued singing while the children pressed juice out of the lemons. In a large mason jar, the children swirled the lemon juice with sugar and water. While drinking a cup of his very own lemonade, my son said, “Mmmm. Lemons are yummy.” The children also made seed...

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Interactive Game Night with Pie Face Showdown

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Education, Family, Parenting, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by Hasbro as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Our favorite thing to do together as a family is to have a family game night. Our kids would rather play games with us in the evening vs. watching television, and it is all because of interactive games available like Pie Face Showdown. I have wanted to get the kids a new game to play, and when I found out about the Pie Face Showdown game that was coming out on October 1st, I couldn’t wait to test it out with my kids. Since this game is more of an “outside” game, I planned to surprise my kids with the new game during their after school snack time. Once the kids finished their snack,...

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Enter Your Kids Science Teacher to win $250

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  Discovery Cube OC wants to hear your stories and recognize the science teachers who open up the wonders of the world – and beyond – to students! Do you remember the science teacher who built a bubbling volcano using nothing more than baking soda and vinegar? Or maybe the teacher who convinced you to dissect a frog and inspired you to explore new subjects and careers? Perhaps you have a colleague who is amazing at being a science educator. Well now it’s time to share your favorite memories of your favorite science teacher! So How Do I Enter? * Snap an amazing photo showing your favorite science teacher in action (be creative!) * Post that photo to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with a description of how he or she inspired you or your kids. * Use #MyScienceTeacher in...

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5 Questions a Student Should Ask the Teacher

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

  Some students love to ask questions in class while others prefer to keep quiet. Although it can be intimidating for kids to raise their hands and ask the teacher pertinent questions, they can learn so much valuable information by speaking up from time to time. Whether a student is curious about the specifics of a topic or needs clarification on homework it’s highly beneficial for them to learn how to ask their teacher certain types of questions. Assignment clarification Many young students go home to get started on an important assignment only to find out that they didn’t quite understand the scope of work. This can be very frustrating because they don’t know how to get started or, perhaps they do a great job on their homework but end up handing in something different than what the teacher...

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My Journey to Leadership with Girl Scouts of Orange County

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

 My journey as a Girl Scout began as a first grade Daisy. I loved my troop and the friendships I made with my Girl Scout sisters. I’ve continued as Girl Scout into high school because this inspiring organization has shown me the power I have to lead and make a positive difference in the world by helping others. Challenging myself with difficult tasks has been the most rewarding part of my Girl Scout experience. I take things step by step and learn along the way. Even when I fail, Girl Scouts encourages me try again, get better, and achieve my goal. Taking chances and experiencing failure through opportunities with Girl Scouts help girls become stronger challenge-seekers.
Linking Leadership to Academic Success: The Girl Scout Difference, Girl Scout Research Institute I’ve developed the confidence to try so many things that I...

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About After School Care at the Boys & Girls Club

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored The Boys & Girls Club provides transportation – you don’t have to drive your kids there after school! Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley has a fleet of 18 yellow school buses that bring kids to its three school age youth centers from 43 schools in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, and Garden Grove. And, the Club is open until 6pm, so if you’re a working parent, you can stay at work in the afternoon with no worries about how your kids are going to get to their after school program. The Boys & Girls Club helps your kids do better in school. 
In 2015, Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley was named the #1 Boys & Girls Club in the nation for Education & Career Development programming from more than 4000 clubs nationwide! Each of...

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4 Indoor Educational Projects for a Rainy Day

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Crafts, Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  Kids love to spend time playing outside. However, even Orange County has a few rainy days (or days so hot everybody wants to stay indoors in the AC). There are some great education-based projects that can be completed indoors that are both fun and productive on a rainy day. Whether kids are working on their art skills, reading comprehension, or math, there are several things they can do as a family while learning something new. 1. Color mixing Color mixing can make a fun and educational art project that helps kids learn how to make secondary and tertiary colors. For this project, kids will need four colors of paint: red, blue, yellow, and white. They can mix up orange, purple, green, and pink and so on. Many kids end up accidentally making brown or gray when they mix...

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The CSArts Academy Fall Program Offers Creative Arts Classes for Children and Adults

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Education, Events, Featured | 0 comments

  Are you or your kids looking for something fun to do on the weekends or during the evenings? The California School of the Arts (CSArts) Academy Fall Program is a great opportunity for artists of all ages and skill levels to explore new mediums, or learn about completely new art forms! Students ages 5 through 15 are invited to enroll in the CSArts Weekend Academy classes, regardless of whether or not they are currently enrolled at the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA). The program enables students to experience OCSA’s arts and academic curriculum in a fun creative and nurturing environment, while allowing them to develop fundamental skills and enhance existing skills. There are class offerings for both beginner level and advanced students in all artistic areas. Classes will be held on Saturdays and taught by OCSA’s...

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Kaiser Permanente is Focused on Wellness

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Education, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Our family has always had traditional insurance. Every year, during open enrollment, we begin to start looking at our different healthcare options. Since our family has had many struggles with health related issues over the years, healthcare is an important topic of discussion. With our open enrollment just around the corner, I decided to look into the option of trying Kaiser Permanente insurance. I have heard many good and bad things about Kaiser Permanente over the years, but after our adopted daughter was born in a Kaiser Permanente hospital, I realized that most of the negativities I had heard about Kaiser Permanente were false, and we had a great experience with the birth of my daughter. I made an appointment to meet with a Kaiser Permanente physician and tour the beautiful Kaiser Permanente location in Irvine. When I...

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CVS Health Comes to Target

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy on the CVS Pharmacy Difference Campaign. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. Target is quickly becoming a one-stop place for family shopping needs. From Starbucks to optical to prescriptions, it has become one of my favorite places to go shopping. As a CVS customer, when I heard the news that all Target pharmacies were converting to CVS Health Pharmacies, I was over the moon with excitement – one less errand I have to run each week. Now I can do all of my Target shopping, and pick up my prescriptions all in one place. The best part is that as a CVS customer, I don’t have to do anything to switch my prescriptions...

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Back-to-School Tips for 2e Students

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  What is a 2e student? Twice-exceptional children have an exceptionally high intellectual ability in one area or another alongside a learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, auditory processing disorder, and/or social/emotional challenges that impact their ability to effectively progress in typical or remedial settings. Many people do not realize that giftedness, or, exceptionally high intellect can exist alongside a deficit. In fact, more than 15% of individuals with exceptional intelligence have a learning disability that impacts their ability to progress effectively. Many twice-exceptional children are misdiagnosed with labels such as Autism and ADHD. While many twice-exceptional children may have these challenges, a good majority do not. Often, 2e children are able to mask their challenges and so their difficulties are subtle and often overlooked until school and life demands become more complex. What this can look like...

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5 Ways To Start The School Year Off Right

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Education, Family | 0 comments

  Kids are adjusting to their first couple weeks back in a classroom. Some are very excited to be learning new things while others long for afternoons on the playground or at the beach. Either way, there are some ways kids can start the school year off right, so they have a great chance of academic success while still having the opportunity just to be a kid. Its important students learn organizational skills but still have time for friends. It’s also a good idea to reevaluate any changing needs young students have as they grow and transition through their K-12 experiences. Get organized Each student will have different organizational needs based on their current grade and list of classes. If kids are going to different teachers for different subjects, it’s great to have a separate notebook and folder for...

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Building Bright Futures in YMCA Afterschool Care

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you looking for childcare options for your children this fall? The YMCA before and afterschool care provides opportunity for your child to learn, grow, and thrive as they make their way from K-5th grade. They provide daily physical and educational activities like homework support, sports, arts, and technology that allow students to engage in the learning process and have fun with friends at the same time! With over fifty locations on school campuses throughout Orange County, the YMCA is a convenient and affordable choice for your family. Kids can explore interests, learn new skills, and develop cool hobbies with their club curriculum. YMCA Clubs include: Cooking Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Engineering Photography Meteorology Arts and More Secure your child’s spot for Fall by enrolling now. Registration fee waived before September 15th! Registration and location info at...

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The Importance of Eye Exams for Kids

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 “This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.” One of the hardest things that I have faced as a parent is having a child with a learning disability. School has never been easy for my younger son, and we have done everything in our power to get him as much help as possible, but nothing has seemed to help. He has been wearing glasses since the age of two because of a lazy eye. The opthamologist that has been treating him over the years was using glasses to help correct the issue. It wasn’t until taking him to a cornea specialist to be screened for a genetic eye disease that my husband and his father suffers from that we learned that...

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LEGO Nonfiction Books Makes Learning Fun

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Books, Education, Entertainment | 33 comments

 I partnered with Scholastic to offer this giveaway… My son lives and breathes LEGO®. He has LEGO creations located throughout our house that helps to immerse him into a magical world of play. The hardest thing that I’ve had getting the kids to do this summer is reading. So, when I heard about the LEGO nonfiction books, I couldn’t wait to get a set for my little LEGO lover. The minute that he picked up the LEGO nonfiction books he couldn’t put them down. He has taken them with us on summer road trips, reads them before bed, and even has them open when building new LEGO creations. He has read the books over and over again, and yet never gets tired of them. The book series was created by the result of a partnership between LEGO and Scholastic....

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Six Facts About The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored After giving birth to my son, Tyler, the first thing that I did was get educated on how to provide him the best nutrition possible by breastfeeding. I was able to use many resources available in our community to help me with successfully breastfeeding my premature baby, and I was so grateful to be able to nurse him for a little over two years. One of the best resources that at-risk mothers have for help with breastfeeding is MOMS Orange County. They are there to help mothers with education, support, and everything that mothers need to deliver and care for healthy babies. The support from MOMS Orange County doesn’t end when the baby is born, and they continue to offer health screenings, infant development screenings, and more. In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, MOMS Orange County shared with...

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3 Easy Steps to Get Your Kids Addicted to Reading

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  Break Free I am in front of a screen pretty much all day. I have my computer at work, my computer at home, and my phone for every place in between. I’m connected (read: addicted). And, probably, so are you. That’s why doing anything off screen is special. And doing something off screen, with your child, and with something that’s good for them is really special. A hat trick of parenting. Reading is all of those things. We read to our kids when they’re little, and we love it. So why do we stop when they get older? I didn’t stop reading aloud to my kids—I still haven’t—and it’s the best part of my day. I don’t mean just at bedtime. I mean randomly: reading for 10 minutes here, for a few minutes in the car, or while...

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Health eXpress For Busy Families

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Education, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Last month, I woke up with pink eye. I didn’t have time to eat lunch let alone make an appointment to see the doctor or wait hours at the walk-in. So, like many busy moms like myself, I self-treated myself by using leftover drops from one of my kid’s previous pink eye endeavors. What I didn’t know, until recently, was that I could have gotten a virtual consultation with a practitioner using Health eXpress for only $39 while on the sidelines of my son’s football field. When self-treating, symptoms usually return, which is why it is not recommended that parents don’t see a practitioner when feeling under the weather or ill. Within days, I found my pink eye symptoms returning and ended up in the waiting room while traveling abroad in a foreign country to get treatment. Health...

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Summer Learning Made Fun with Osmo

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Education, Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Best Buy Keeping your kid’s educational skills sharp during the summertime is crucial. In the past, I have always purchased my kid’s summer learning workbooks but wanted to try something fresh and new this year. I got my younger son with the Osmo education system, and ever since I introduced it to him, he hasn’t been able to put it down. I have tried many electronic educational systems in the past, and nothing has made such an impact on my child’s education like Osmo. My younger son has struggled with reading for most of his life, and along with having trouble reading comes spelling. Since he struggles with spelling so much, he has always been reluctant to do any spelling exercises until using the Osmo spelling game. The game has made learning fun for him again, and...

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