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Blaze aims to fire up STEM smarts | By Ann Oldenburg
I was skeptical. I’m always skeptical when cartoon TV shows targeted at preschoolers promise to include a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum. But Blaze does it. Blaze is a monster truck, driven by A.J., who is 8. They’re the stars of new Nickelodeon show, Blaze and the Monster Machines, an animated series that [...]
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The War on Candy | By Laura Fries
Halloween will soon be upon us but the really scary action is all over the internet. We’re not talking horror movie clips or creepy yard decorations. It’s the fight over Halloween candy on social media and it’s been getting really ugly. Very little escapes controversy anymore, and while Halloween has had its fair share of issues, the [...]
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The Good Lie is a Good FIlm | By Ann Oldenburg
With a movie poster that mostly focuses on Reese Witherspoon, The Good Lie is a bit of a lie. It’s not a light-hearted Reese Witherspoon film. It’s a heartbreaking, eye-opening powerful story that highlights the very serious issue of children and war. The first half of the PG-13 film (in theaters now) is focused on [...]
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Costume Conundrum | By Laura Fries
Halloween season is upon us, and if you are anything like the estimated 158 million people who go all out for the fall festivities then you are probably well on your way to planning costumes. Forbes.com treats us to some historical and projected spending estimates; $2.6 billion on costumes (2013). That’s a lot of black [...]
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Songs can bring out the best – in all of us | By Dave Kinnoin
When kids are engaged in an activity they’re actively learning. When children play with others, they learn how others use their bodies, how daring they are, what language they speak, and so forth; it’s how kids learn a lot about themselves, too. Whether attending a concert, listening to a recording, or singing a song, young people [...]
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