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Winter Storm Survival Kit

Winter Storm Survival Kit

[ 0 ] February 7, 2013 |

Check the weather and sign up school closing notifications, inventory what you already own then fill up the car with gas and make a trip to the library and grocery store to stock up on family essentials. Be prepared to spend some time indoors and outdoors the next few days—playing and digging out. During storms, when travel is tough, we often depend more on our neighbors. Pitch in when possible: Shovel out elderly/new parents, share food, and set up kid swaps.

Let’s make a kit

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10 Easy DIY Valentine Projects with Kids

10 Easy DIY Valentine Projects with Kids

[ 0 ] January 31, 2013 |

Crafting with kids doesn’t need to be complicated. From simply rolling paper and tying with ribbon to wrapping hearts with yarn — pick your favorite way to make hearts this year.

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Providence Children Seeking Bilingual Tutors

Providence Children Seeking Bilingual Tutors

[ 0 ] January 23, 2013 |

Providence is seeking bilingual volunteers for Leyendo, a new tutoring program named after the Spanish word for ‘reading.’

Leyendo is a service-based initiative to boost reading levels for Providence students who are not reading on grade level and speak a language other than English at home. The program will serve 50 second- and third-grade English Language Learners at Carl Lauro Elementary School who have been identified as struggling readers.

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Upcoming Salon: How Do We Talk to Kids About Film?

Upcoming Salon: How Do We Talk to Kids About Film?

[ 0 ] January 11, 2013 |

I look forward to being part of this upcoming Salon at the Providence Athenaeum. Sponsored by the Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF).

How Do You Talk to Kids About Film?
Friday, January 25th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

For the parents:

Join the Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) for an informal panel discussion about watching films with your children. Leading the conversation will be special guests:

Dr. Renee Hobbs, Professor + Founding Director, Harrington School of Communication and Media, URI
Anisa Raoof, Founder + Editor, Kidoinfo
Eric Bilodeau, Director of Programming, PCFF

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Ways to Support the Sandy Hook Elementary School Community

Ways to Support the Sandy Hook Elementary School Community

[ 2 ] January 1, 2013 |

To welcome the children of Sandy Hook Elementary into their new schools, kids everywhere are sending paper snowflakes! Mail your creations by January 12, 2013 to: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514.

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Talk about Giving

Talk about Giving

[ 0 ] December 19, 2012 |

I have not actually played the Talk About Giving game. I was immediately drawn in by its message and simplicity after seeing an image of the cards shared around the internet. Finding ways to give back (big or small with our time, talent, or cash) has always been essential to me and in part, the mission of Kidoinfo. Raising kids to be community minded starts early. We can make more meaningful lasting connections around giving back when we incorporate the philosophy into our family’s everyday conversations and actions.

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A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope – Tips for Parents and Teachers

A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope – Tips for Parents and Teachers

[ 3 ] December 17, 2012 |

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) provides useful tips for parents and teachers on helping children cope with a national tragedy. More in-depth information is available on the NASP website.

Tips for Parents and Teachers

Whenever a national tragedy occurs, such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters, children, like many people, may be confused or frightened. Most likely they will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children cope first and foremost by establishing a sense of safety and security. As more information becomes available, adults can continue to help children work through their emotions and perhaps even use the process as a learning experience.

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Arthur Christmas (Flack’s Holiday Recommendation)

Arthur Christmas (Flack’s Holiday Recommendation)

[ 0 ] December 16, 2012 |

4 1/2 Stars
Looking for a holiday film? Today Flack, a young film critic, reviews Arthur Christmas. Find more reviews on flickflackmovietalk, a blog where two eleven-year-old boys talk about movies.

Arthur Christmas tells the story of the Claus family. There’s the current Santa named Malcolm, the classic looking ho-ho ho man; there’s Steve, the modern and selfish one who’s next in line; and then there’s the Grandsanta, who’s been retired for a while but still quite lively. Of course there’s also, not surprisingly, just one Mrs. Claus and lots and lots of elves.

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2012 Gingerbread Village: A Holiday Family Tradiiton

2012 Gingerbread Village: A Holiday Family Tradiiton

[ 0 ] December 12, 2012 |

We set up this year’s Gingerbread Village—now an annual tradition—on the buffet in the dining room. Not sure why we never placed it here before—seems well-suited nestled in this cave-like space where one must bend down to peak at the scene from standing position but is easily seen at eye level when one is seated at the table.

The village has a home on the left, a short stroll to the urban village. The town center is the large center building with a tiny building on the right, serving as the beloved library. The movie theater, located on the far right, adorned with bright lights, is currently showing a 3-D film.Gingerbread-Santa-Sleigh-GV

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Holiday Tradition: Hack a Gingerbread House (or a Whole Village)!

Holiday Tradition: Hack a Gingerbread House (or a Whole Village)!

[ 1 ] December 7, 2012 |

Creating a gingerbread village has become an annual tradition in my family. Even though I love to make the houses for it with my kids, I am a better crafter than a baker. And since I have not mastered the art of creating an edible gingerbread house, I have hacked together gingerbread houses that look pretty good in the end and are fun for the kids to assemble.

I use a combination of ready-made gingerbread kits, graham crackers, old Halloween candy, and a low-temp glue gun to construct our village. Add some lights, trees, figurines, and cotton batting, and you have a miniature winter wonderland. If you want a pre-assembled house or to bake yours from scratch, check the list of helpful resources below.

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