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Sarah Coyne: Secret behind reading booklets revealed
In my kindergartner's backpack, there is a stack of books that she made in class. She cuts and colors, then gathers and staples the pages together until they're a complete work. Each page holds a picture matching a three- or four-word sentence -- the culmination of that day's focused lessons.
Small worlds: Terrariums are easy-to-make miniature ecosystems
At her family's kitchen table on a bitterly cold January morning, 18-year-old Madeline White was busy bringing a bit of the outside in: She was crafting a vivarium.
Sarah Coyne: Perserverance helps communicate a message
"I can't do it!" she muttered. She crossed her arms with a huff and burrowed her eyebrows into twin tracks of scorn. I tried to encourage her, but she was having none of it. "I can't! It's dumb."
Class at Spiva focuses on popular style of Japanese illustration
Ever since she was a kid, Amber Baker has been drawn to anime. As a child, she was enchanted by the movie "My Neighbor Totoro," a story about a little girl who meets a spirit in a forest. As she went through high school, she used to sketch other Japanese animated characters.
- Parents' planner (Dec. 26-Jan. 1)
Aisha Sultan: 2013 year of the mature, powerful woman
For women, in particular, the ages from 60 to 80 are no longer a time to become invisible and move to the sidelines. This golden age has become the time to take center stage.
Sarah Coyne: Books help build parenting skills
If Christmas break is about to break you, here are some of my favorite books on how to relate to your kids. A little bit of expert advice might be just the thing we all need.
Wrapping paper can be used for kids to make homemade thank-you notes
Because time is in abundance, this is the perfect chance to get kids started on thank-you cards. Showing gratitude is an important habit that will benefit kids for the rest of their lives.
- Parents' planner (Dec. 19-25)
Aisha Sultan: Giving birth should never be an unexcused absence
Brandi Kostal still had internal stitches a week and a half after giving birth via a complicated caesarean section in March, but she stopped taking her pain medication and dragged herself to her graduate-level classes to become a chiropractor.
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