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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Furry friends from Gabriel’s Angels foster strong readers

Students at Humphrey Elementary in Chandler were among the first to try the new Animals, Books and Children program — ABC for short — by Gabriel’s Angels, a local nonprofit that offers healing pet therapy for at-risk kids. ABC pairs kids with a pet-therapy team for fun and furry reading sessions that help improve children’s […]

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Kids bored already? Multiply summer fun with math

I have a math challenge for you: What do you get when you add “X” number of kids plus “Y” weeks of summer, then subtract quiet moments before multiplying by the number of times you hear, “I’m bored!”? The answer? A perfect opportunity to have fun with math at home! Summer is a stretch that […]

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Birth to 5 Q&A: How to stop the “summer slide” in learning

Q: What can I do with my preschooler to keep him occupied and learning over the summer? A: As a parent or caregiver, no one cares more about your child’s education than you do. Get involved in helping your child learn at home this summer. This preparation will help ensure that your child will enter […]

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My Day at Camp: A first look at the Girl Scouts’ Parsons Leadership Center

I love anything that is bright, shiny and new. So being among the first to experience a camp at the Girl Scouts’ new Parsons Leadership Center was perfect. Replacing the modest Camp Sombrero campsite on South Mountain, The Bob and Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women is a 14.5-acre property with ample space for […]

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Camp Colley near Payson offers disadvantaged kids the stars

Ask Sam Poppen what he liked about Camp Colley last summer, and the list is long: “Mountain biking, hiking, sleeping in tents, the archery … and we’d get free time to explore!” says the 12-year-old sixth grader from Orangewood Elementary School in north-central Phoenix. “Oh, and the food is delicious.” Although some families take summer-camp […]

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Why summer tech camp (teaching kids to code) is worth considering

When one thinks of summer camp, it’s easy to think about kids running, hiking and playing — free from school desks, homework and, yes, computer screens. We asked David Dodge, founder of Scottsdale-based CodaKid, why summer also is a good time for kids to learn coding. Dodge is a veteran Silicon Valley game designer and […]

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Befriending seniors: A worthy, rewarding volunteering opportunity for kids

Our views of aging evolve. As kids, all we want is to be older. Then, at some point during adulthood, all we want is to completely stop aging. We fight the clock. When I was a teenager, I remember commenting about my mom’s wrinkles, and her response has stayed with me. She told me she […]

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Camp Fair AZ 2017: Making room for the unexpected

A Phoenix mom who works full time and was fairly new to the Valley needed to find a summer program for her elementary-school-age daughter. She was looking for a camp offering academic enrichment. She wanted her daughter to be engaged and challenged, to have fun and make new friends. She heard about Camp Fair AZ, […]

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Harmony Project: “Talent has no zip code” in this Phoenix youth orchestra

Something wonderful is happening in a small room in downtown Phoenix. Students from four Title 1 schools are unpacking their flutes, tuning their violins and cellos and warming up to play in an orchestra that’s making a big difference in these kids’ lives. It’s all part of the Harmony Project, which launched in Los Angeles […]

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Board games: the fun path to math

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I remember my son’s first day of kindergarten, watching him climb the steep steps to the school. With the clang of steel doors behind him, his formal education had begun. That first night, the paperwork arrived: forms to complete, papers to sign—and then there was the homework: sight words, math facts, worksheets and reading logs. Keeping track […]

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