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10 Tips to Boost Reading Skills

Becoming a reader is one of the most exciting learning adventures your child will ever experience. Many children need little more than exposure to books and they're off on their own. But others need guided support as they struggle with sounds, fluency and reading unfamiliar words. Reading together regularly is the best way parents can help their children learn to read. Here are some tried and true methods to use when you read side by side with your young learner:

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4 Mini Gardening Projects for Kids

As winter melts away into spring, keep your eyes open for those early spring blooms - crocus, daffodil and hyacinth. They'll signal that it's time to get out and dig in the soil. To children, gardening is a bit like magic. One simply puts seeds, those little packages of mystery, into soil and after waiting for a loooong time, as much as two weeks, little plants peek up into the world. You can capture some of that mystery and magic with these four mini-gardening projects.

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Benefits of Camp From a Kid's Perspective

Nathan Cole, 16 years old, has attended camp every year since he was 5. His eyes light up when you ask what he enjoys most about camp. Although he's a typical teenage boy who's not overly expressive, he can quickly list off reasons why he still loves to go to camp. Here are a few benefits from his viewpoint.

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Celebrate Words With National Poetry Month

Established in the United States in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets and in Canada in 1999 by the League of Canadian Poets, National Poetry Month is a month-long celebration of poetry and its vital place in our culture. Whether you are a life-long poetry fan or giving poetry another chance for the sake of your children, let the following ideas inspire you and your family to explore poetry this month and throughout the year.

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D.C. Environmental Film Festival 365 Programming

Since 1993, each spring the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (DCEFF) has been enthralling and educating people in the D.C. area with hundreds of movies. Beginning this year, and coinciding with their 25th anniversary, the DCEFF has launched a year-round schedule of events, called DCEFF 365.

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Family Fitness

Childhood may seem to move at a faster pace these days, but children don't. New research from the American Heart Association shows that today's children are slower and less fit than their parents were. You can reverse this troubling trend at home, though. These family fitness tactics for kids of every age will help your brood embrace better health, improved energy and more fun.

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Helping Girls Transition into Adulthood

A few short years ago, you and your daughter had an unbreakable bond. You hung out in your jammies watching the latest Disney Channel movie. You snuggled under the covers on Sunday mornings, giggling about nothing. And then, as soon as she blew out the candles on her 12th birthday cake, that changed.

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Home Activities for Teens and Tweens on Spring Break

My 12-year-old daughter came from school and announced that she was the ONLY one staying home for spring break this year. Contrary to what your teens and tweens think, not everyone goes on a spring break vacation. Finances, parents' vacation time and recent holiday travel are some of the reasons that a second vacation is not possible.

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Recycle, Reduce, Reuse With Kids

Plastic is bad - paper is good! Collecting aluminum cans pays! Dumping motor oil is a criminal offense! Never use Styrofoam! It takes 500 years to breakdown in a landfill. These were things we learned in school when recycling first came of age. Recycling has come a long way in the last decade.

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Strategies When Visiting the Doctor With Your Kids

Going to the doctor's office can be an intimidating thing - especially when you have more than one child with you. Throw in the fact that you have scheduled back-to-back appointments to save on commute time and you've got yourself a big dilemma: Will my kids behave? Will they have meltdowns? These worries can be easily put to rest with some preplanning on mom's and dad's parts. Here is some good old fashioned advice from a mom who's been there and done that.

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