100 Links (Spring/Summer 2011)

100 Links (Spring/Summer 2011)

Nearly every day we add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family, others, maybe not so much.  But it’s a fun and useful list worth perusing of online resource that are educational and entertaining!

Follow Me on DeliciousWhere are these links? Hilltown Families Del.ici.ous Page!  This icon can be found at the top of our site, in the left-hand column.  Click any time to see what links we’ve added!

Below is the latest 100 links we’ve shared: (you will need to use the “back” button to return to this page). All links are provided as a courtesy and not as an endorsement:

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Valentine’s Day Links

Cool Zoo Web Site

Amy Najimy of Western Mass writes:

The kids and I found this cool website from the San Diego Zoo. They have webcams and several informative and interesting videos to watch about the various animals. We watched several videos as our science for today!

Link: www.sandiegozoo.org/videos/index.html

100 Links (October/November 2009)

100 Links (October/November 2009)

Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family, others, maybe not so much.  But it’s a fun and useful list worth perusing!  If you have a link you’d like to share, post it in our comment box.

Where are these links? You won’t find them on your blog reader nor via email if you subscribe to our newsfeed.  But if you visit the blog on-line and scroll half way down, on the left you will find the column, “Links We Recommend,” with a list of our most recent recommended links.  If you haven’t been visiting the site regularly to peruse these great resources, not to worry – below is the last 100 links we’ve posted in the past two months: (you will need to use the “back” button to return to this page).

Archived Lists of 100 Links: If you’d like to peruse our List of 100 Links from months past, click HERE and then scroll up or down.

  • Energy Kids: Resource For Teachers
  • The Olive Press: How Olive Oil is Made
  • Hanukkah Music for Kids: Celebrate the Festival of Lights with Music!
  • Study: Preschoolers watching TV at home-based daycare may spend hours in front of TV screen
  • How to Host a Preschool Christmas Party (article)
  • The New WIC Food Package
  • Handmade Christmas Stockings and Tree Skirts made from Recycled Sweaters (DIY)
  • Eco-Friendly, Handmade Advent Calendar for Green Kids (DIY)
  • Toy for Joy Campaign in Western Mass
  • ThinkGreen.com
  • Braille Bug
  • National Park Service: Archeology for Kids
  • Holiday Food Safety Success On-Line Kit
  • Make a Gratitude Cake
  • Thanksgiving Gratitude Tree: A Fun and Easy Activity For The Kids (article)
  • Parenting 101: Talking about money with your kids and teens
  • Ark of Taste: Growing and Eating Endangered Foods
  • Largest crib recall in U.S. history announced
  • Puzzles.com (Resource for Puzzling on the Internet)
  • The War on Soy (article)
  • Virtual Field Trip: How Wheat Works
  • Moms Against Mercury (advocacy group)
  • American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life (MOMA)
  • USDA Backs Rewarding Schools Serving Healthy Food (article)
  • Massachusetts Home Learning Association
  • eFieldTrips.org
  • 10 No-Sauce Foods (Parenting.com)
  • Ditch The Characters For The Classics (Article from Tampa Tribune)
  • Putting the Book Back in Book Fair (Article from mothering.com)
  • Taking consumerism out of school book fairs (article)
  • Kids Craft Weekly: An Advent Challenge
  • Charity Directory of Massachusetts
  • Shriners Hospital (MA Charity)
  • Children’s Miracle Network (Charity)
  • Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society (MA Charity)
  • American Cancer Society (Charity)
  • United Way of the Pioneer Valley (MA Charity)
  • Raise Healthy Eaters (blog)
  • Carrot Museum
  • Virtual Tour of Cranberry Bog
  • Learning A-Z : Free Flu Resources
  • Getting Boys To Read
  • Hadley Neighbors for Sensible Development
  • Kids Craft Weekly: Fancy Holiday Cards
  • Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard
  • Earth from Space
  • Video: A Vaccine Primer. Health Professionals Speak Out
  • Rules of the Road for Parents in a Digital Age (article)
  • Mathematics Lessons That Are Fun
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    100 Links (August/September 2009)

    100 Links (August/September 2009)

    Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family, others, maybe not so much.  But it’s a fun and useful list worth perusing!  If you have a link you’d like to share, post it in our comment box.

    Where are these links? You won’t find them on your blog reader nor via email if you subscribe to our newsfeed.  But if you visit the blog on-line and scroll half way down, on the left you will find the column, “Links We Recommend,” with a list of our most recent recommended links.  If you haven’t been visiting the site regularly to peruse these great resources, not to worry – below is the last 100 links we’ve posted in the past two months: (you will need to use the “back” button to return to this page).

    Archived Lists of 100 Links: If you’d like to peruse our List of 100 Links from months past, click HERE and then scroll up or down.

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    100 Links (June/July 2009)

    100 Links (June/July 2009)

    Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family, others, maybe not so much.  But it’s a fun and useful list worth perusing!  If you have a link you’d like to share, post it in our comment box.

    Where are these links? You won’t find them on your blog reader nor via email if you subscribe to our newsfeed.  But if you visit the blog on-line and scroll half way down, on the left you will find the column, “Links We Recommend,” with a list of our most recent recommended links.  If you haven’t been visiting the site regularly to peruse these great resources, not to worry – below is the last 100 links we’ve posted in the past two months: (you will need to use the “back” button to return to this page).

    Archived Lists of 100 Links: If you’d like to peruse our List of 100 Links from months past, click HERE and then scroll up or down.

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    Lambing Season

    Birth of a Lamb

    Kristin Nicholas recently posted on her blog a wonderful video of the birth of a lamb recently at their farm.  Her blog, Getting Stitched on the Farm,  shares her love for wool crafts and life on a sheep farm here in Western Mass.  She’s done a lovely job sharing this lambing experience.  Click here to check out the video.  Your kids might enjoying viewing it too.

    Thanks to Diane Roeder for sharing the link!

    Bundle Up!

    Cold-Weather Checklist
    Keep kids warm when the temperature drops.

    Snow Play in Cummington, MA

    (c) Sienna Wildfield

    When the weather outside is frightful but your child thinks going out is delightful, it’s important to follow a few simple guidelines and know what too much cold looks like and what to do about it. Then you can let him go in the snow, worry-free.  Review Toby Leah Bochan guidelines for keeping kids warm.

    In addition to bundling up our own kids at home, there are several ways to help children other than our own keep warm:

    FREECYCLE – Seeing as kids grow like weeds, even when it’s cold outside, they outgrow their hats, mittens, jackets and boots nearly every winter season. Places like Hilltown Freecycle are free outlets for local hilltown families to offer their winter warm hand-me-downs. They go directly to the families without much of a “middle person.”  Other Freecyle listservs in Western Mass include Amherst, Greenfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Springfield, and many others.  Click here to find the listserv that serves your locality.

    HILLTOWN FAMILIESHilltown Families assists in the distribution of child sized hats to families in need in the hilltowns (click here to read more).  Hats are available to individuals on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve a hat for a child in need, email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.  Hilltown Families also has a local listserv open to local families.  Participants are encouraged to offer their hand-me-downs to other members, organize clothing swaps, and to post resources for families in need.

    WARM UP AMERICA! FOUNDATION – A national foundation that has caught the attention of children & adult knitters is Warm Up America! Foundation. Warm Up America! (WUA!) is an organization made up of volunteers who create handmade afghan blankets, clothing and accessories to help those in need. Volunteers donate their time to crochet and knit a 7″ X 9″ rectangle (or more). Sections are either joined by individuals or groups in a community and donated locally or sent to Foundation headquarters for joining and distribution.

    The beauty of so many different participants is that a WUA! afghan resembles a patchwork quilt of many colors and textures, just as the participants and recipients represent the varied faces of America.WUA! afghans are distributed to individuals and families in need through community service organizations as well as through chapters of national organizations such as the American Red Cross. Sponsors of WUA! in communities around the country are encouraged to donate completed afghans within their own community in the true spirit of “neighbor helping neighbor.” Agencies to which the Foundation has donated afghans include women’s shelters, children’s hospitals, daycare centers and other community service centers.

    WUA! also has a program called Kids Warm Up America! Young people across the country are teaming up with their peers to Warm Up America!, helping others, and in the process are discovering these crafts are fun and relaxing. Kids who participate benefit from providing community service while developing self esteem, problem solving, and math and motor-skill development while participating in an intergenerational activity that is a fun group project and provides the learning of an enjoyable skill that will last a lifetime. Additional ways to keep kids warm outside of our local community are accessible through the Warm Up America! Foundation.

    If you know of any additional resources for families to either received or donated (services or articles of clothing) please share them with us in the comment section below.

    I Have a Dream

    MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
    “I Have A Dream” Speech

    Families interested in discovering more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement with their children might enjoy the following resources:

  • FamilyEducation.com has Martin Luther King Jr Day Activities and Resources for Kids
  • Kaboose.com has a great list of Black History Links
  • Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights is a lesson on Scholastic.com that describes her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Kodak.com offers a photo display titled Powerful Days in Black & White
  • PBS.com has a companion site to the American Experience program about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Citizen King
  • Lest We Forget: Images From the Civil Rights Movement is a collection of portraits of civil right leaders by 20th century artist Robert Templeton
  • HFVS Peace Episode has a good selection of peace themed songs, appropriate for MLK Day.
  • Web Review: St. Nicholas & Sinterklaas Celebrations

    St. Nicholas Center: Discovering the Truth About Santa Claus

    www.stnicholascenter.org

    Material about St. Nicholas, “lover of the poor and patron saint of children.” Features background about this 4th-century saint, illustrated descriptions of St. Nicholas customs from around the world (such as Sinterklaas celebrations on December 6 in the Netherlands), and activities, crafts, recipes, and stories related to St. Nicholas celebrations. The gallery provides images of St. Nicholas from cards, toys, church banners, and more. From two enthusiasts. www.stnicholascenter.org

    [(c)LII.org]

    Discovering Gingerbread Houses

    GINGERBREAD HOUSES: SITES TO VISIT & BOOKS TO READ
    by Sienna Wildfield

    Hartsbrook Winter Fair 2007-8

    Gingerbread houses at the Hartsbrook Fair in Hadley, MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Every year I send my parents a gingerbread house for their solstice dessert party, complete with their last name iced on the front door. The door with their name is left for the host and hostess, but by the end of the evening, their guests have demolished the rest of the house, leaving behind little red hots and coconut snow. It’s become a fun tradition. If you’re looking to make a gingerbread house for the holidays, check out A Charming Candy Cottage over at epicurious.com where Kari von Wening, the owner of Takes the Cake Bakery in Pasadena, CA, gives instruction on how to make your very own. Included in the instructions are a shopping list, template and an illustrated tutorial.

    Gingerbread House Auctions at Hartsbrook (c) Hilltown Families

    Gingerbread houses at the Hartsbrook Fair in Hadley, MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    At the Hartsbrook Winter Fair in Hadley, MA, they always have an auction of gingerbread houses (and libraries, castles, churches, windmills …) that the families have made (photos featured with this post are from the auction). Structures that can be made out of gingerbread are only limited by your imagination. Over at verybestkids.com they give directions and a template on how to make a gingerbread sleigh. On BobVilla.com they give instructions on how to make an A-Frame, Colonial, Saltbox, and Side Gable houses. And if you really want to get inspired, on flickr.com there are over 400 photos posted to the Gingerbread House Showcase.

    GRAHAM CRACKER HOUSE

    Another option to making a gingerbread house is to make a miniature graham cracker house. Every one in the family can make and decorate their very own. Kaboose.com offers instructions on how to make this miniature version, as does organizedchristmas.com with a few photo images.

    Gingerbread houses at the Hartsbrook Fair in Hadley, MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    GLUTEN-FREE HOUSES

    If you or your kids have allergies and want to make a gingerbread house, check out Only Sometimes Clever’s gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and peanut-free gingerbread house recipe, or you can buy an allergy-free gingerbread kit from kidsallergystop.com.

    READING LISTS

    I’ve put together a list of cookbooks for families interested in making their own gingerbread creations at home. If you do make one, take a photo and send it our way to share with our readers:

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    It’s a Wrap!

    CURING THE WRAPPING PAPER BLUES

    Seed Wrapping Paper from GaiamIs the guilt of throwing out all that wrapping paper, tissue paper and greeting cards getting to you? It’s too late to start over with the wrapping paper, but next year consider reusing this year’s wrapping paper, making fabric bags or selecting eco-friendly papers, such as Gaiam’s Seed Wrapping Paper or Recycled Holiday Wrapping Paper offered over at My Green House. As for now, here are some ideas on what to do with all that pretty paper:

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    Hilltown Families Gets Crafty with Kids Craft Weekly

    IN GOOD COMPANY ON KIDS CRAFT WEEKLY

    Kids Craft WeeklyOver at Kids Craft Weekly Hilltown Families (that’s us!) is featured in their Holiday Favourites Issue. Editor Amber Caravan has selected our DIY: Christmas Spider Holiday Cards project which includes a video of Persephone (age 5) demonstrating how to draw a Christmas Spider – and we’re thrilled! And we’re in good company too. Other featured projects for this issue include Gwyn from My Kids Art’s Paper Plate Holiday Decoration, Meg McElwee from Montessori by Hand’s Holiday Accordion Cut-Out, and Jessica Wilson from scrumdilly-do!’s Paper Sack Holiday Cards. All fun projects to do with the kids this holiday season, and great web sites worth checking out if you’re looking for some inspiration.

    If you like doing craft projects with your kids, definitely check out Kids Craft Weekly. Amber Caravan, a mother of two who lives in Australia, is the heart and soul behind KCW. She does an excellent job of putting together ideas and projects for inspiring both parents and young artists to create. Each project is illustrated in a pictorial “How to” style with a list of supplies and directions. She writes:

    Each issue of Kids Craft Weekly outlines a selection of activities for young kids. The ideas are intended to be cheap, educational and fun and can be used as suggested, or simply as a starting point from which you can develop your own plan of attack. Every issue draws inspiration from a particular theme because I’ve found that my kids seem to love the focus and sense of continuity that it provides. Also, from a learning perspective it reinforces key ideas and helps little minds to put two and two together.

    The Holiday Favourites newsletter is Issue 46. Click here to see all her archived issues.


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    Toxic Toys: A Consumer Action Guide

    HARMFUL CHEMICALS FOUND IN POPULAR TOYS

    Toxic ToyWith the holiday season upon us, many parents are justifiably concern about toxic toys. Holiday favorites, including Hannah Montana & Circo, are being found contaminated with high levels of toxic chemicals, including lead, cadmium, arsenic, and PVC! The good news is there is a consumer action guide now avaiable at www.HealthyToys.org where the Ecology Center, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization, released the results of their testing of 1,200 popular children’s toys for toxic chemicals

    Working with environmental health groups across the country, the Ecology Center led the development of the site to inform consumers about products they will be purchasing this holiday season. Parents and other holiday shoppers can now easily search by product name, brand, or toy type to learn how the products rate in terms of harmful chemical content.

    Toxic Toy“The government is not testing for toxic chemicals in toys, and too many manufacturers are not self-regulating, so we created the nation’s first toy database to help inform and empower consumers,” said Tracey Easthope, MPH, Director of the Ecology Center’s Environmental Health Project. “Ultimately consumers need to compel the federal government and toy manufacturers to eliminate dangerous chemicals from toys.”

    Researchers chose to test these particular chemicals because they have been identified by regulatory agencies as problematic, and because of their association with reproductive problems, developmental and learning disabilities, hormone problems and cancer and because they are found in children’s products. Babies and young children are the most vulnerable since their brains and bodies are still developing and because they frequently put toys in their mouths. The testing was conducted with a screening technology – the X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analyzer – which identifies elemental composition of materials on the surface of products.

    Toxic Toy“Toxic chemicals have no place in children’s toys, period,” said Ted Schettler, MD, Science Director at the Science and Environmental Health Network. “Even low-level toxic chemical exposures can have lifelong impacts. Getting toxic chemicals out of children’s toys is a moral and medical imperative.”

    HealthyToys.org tested 1,200 children’s products and more than 3,000 components of those products.

    Following are highlights of the HealthyToys.org findings:

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    Sustainable Holidays: Green Ideas, Lesson Plan, Safe Toys, and More.

    ECO-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY IDEAS

    eartheasy.comEartheasy: Sustainable Living‘s December Newsletter is full of ideas for a eco-friendly holiday season with the family, including the following:

    Christmas Bird Count
    Join over 50,000 people across North America in this annual tradition to take a ‘citizen census’ of migrating birds. Or you can create your own count as a way of getting outdoors and learning more about your local wildlife.

    How to have a ‘green’ Christmas
    Christmas does not have to be a burden on the environment. With a little effort and imagination, we can reduce the environmental impact of the holiday season.

    Tips for sustainable giving
    Gift-giving does not always have to come at a cost to the environment. Some of the most memorable and personal gifts cannot be found at the mall. Here are some ideas for low-impact giving.

    All I want for Christmas are some lead free toys
    It’s not just imported toys that carry harmful chemicals, but brand-name, U.S.-manufactured ones too. One organization is helping shoppers identify non-toxic toys.

    Free energy lesson plans & activities
    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy offers 350 downloadable lessons and activities on energy efficiency and renewable energy, organized by grade level and topic.

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    Halloween Episode on HFVS (10/30/07)

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

    WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
    Northampton, MA
    Tuesday evening @ 7pm

    Halloween Episode
    10/30/07 Playlist

    request a song | subscribe to free podcast
    archived shows | contests | myspace | facebook

    Tomorrow is Halloween, when our family will rag shag it and trick-or-treat. My daughter will be a cheetah, again. And I’ll be a cat, again.  We’re throwing caution to the wind this year! – below I’ve rounded up a few on-line resources for our Halloween enthusiasts (me!). Included in this list are sites with saftey tips, a historical look at Halloween, costume ideas, recipes, celebration ideas, and more.

    Halloween is followed by the Days of the Dead on November 1st & 2nd – another holiday we’re looking forward to celebrating and exploring together with friends. Featured on this week’s episode of HFVS is Uncle Rock’s tribute to this Mexican holiday, Picnic in the Graveyard:

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    Web Sites: Mother’s Day

    MOTHER’S DAY SITES TO PERUSE

    A Mother’s Day Tribute
    Several articles describe how Mother’s Day (the second Sunday in May) was founded by Anna Jarvis in tribute to her mother, Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, for her tireless accomplishments and selfless humanitarian services as a mother. The articles include portraits, photos, the Birthplace Museum, the International Mother’s Day Shrine, the meaning of carnation symbols, and genealogical data of the Jarvis family. [LII 03]

    Julia Ward Howe: The Woman Behind Mother’s Day
    Video and transcript about Julia Ward Howe, “the author of the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic,’ [who] began advocating for a mother’s day for peace in 1870.” Features an interview with an author of a Howe biography, and Julia Ward Howe’s 1870 Mother’s Day proclamation. From Democracy Now!, a daily radio and TV news program. [LII 06]

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    Pet Week – Can Dogs Have Dog Days?

    National Pet Week (May 6th – 12th)

    (c) Hilltown Families - Lightening & the Westfield River Bend in West ChesterfieldFor over 25 year our family pets have been celebrated with a national week of observation, instituted with three goals in mind:

    1. Promote responsible pet ownership
    2. Celebrate our connections with our pets
    3. Bring awareness of veterinarian practices

    To follow are several on-line resources for families that offer lesson plans, curricula, activity sheets, information on pet health, and interactive games.

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    National Library Week – April 15-21, 2007

    Celebrate Library Week!

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    Chesterfield Library (c) Hilltown Families

    Library in Chesterfield, MA - (c) Sienna Wildfield

    April is a special month for libraries. It’s School Library Media Month, and April 15-21, 2007, is National Library Week.

    In celebration of Library Week, Education World editors have gathered from their archives more than 30 articles that offer dozens of great lessons, book-related projects and activities, and other resources for bringing literature to life in the classroom (or homeschool)! Browse through the entire list of resources, or click on the heading below to skip directly to the section you are most interested in.

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    Web Site: World Health Day

    World Health Day: 7 April

    Collection of links to sites related to World Health Day. “On this day around the globe, thousands of events mark the importance of health for productive and happy lives.” Also includes links to recent UN documents on the subjects of human health and illness prevention and treatment. Available in several languages. From the Dag Hammarskjöld Library of the United Nations (UN). (LII)

    Scholastic VP responds to distribution of Bratz books in schools

    Marketing the Sexualization of Young Girls

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    One of the most recent calls for action by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has encouraged concerned parents to tell Scholastic to stop distributing Bratz books in schools through their Book Clubs and School Book Fairs.

    A recent report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls had drawn attention to the proliferation of sexualized images of girls and young women in advertising, merchandising, and media is harming girls’ self-image and healthy development. This report explores the cognitive and emotional consequences, consequences for mental and physical health, and impact on development of a healthy sexual self-image. (Click here to read the report)

    Books of The Bratz – a line of highly sexualized dolls for girls as young as four are – being marketed in schools by Scholastic, Inc. Scholastic promotes Bratz through its book fairs and book clubs, selling titles such as Lil’ Bratz Dancin Divas; Lil’ Bratz Catwalk Cuties; and Lil’ Bratz Beauty Sleepover Bash to a captive audience of young students.

    Kyle Good, Vice President at Scholastic, has sent a prompt response to one concerned parent’s request to reconsider their distribution in schools:
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    Girls vs. the Media

    Check out from you local MA libraryWHAT’S A GIRL (AND PARENTS) TO DO?

    Our young girls (and our larger population) are bombarded with media images of sexualized feminine esthetics. You see it everywhere: in line at the grocery store, billboards on the highway, songs on the radio, commercials on television, books, games, videos … what’s a girl to do?

    As a parent, you are the most powerful tool our girls have to teach them how to interpret our media’s projection of images that portray girls as sexual objects. The remedy to this assault is to support and teach them how to value their own inner beauty and strengths.

    It’s equally important for our young boys to be taught to respect and value the roles girls play in our society, as sisters, mothers, friends and teachers, rather than being brainwashed into the sexual objectification our media flashes before them.

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    10th Annual Seuss-abration

    Western Mass elementary schools honor national Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss

    Gateway elementary schools held another successful “Seussabration”, to honor national Read Across America Day on March 7th. This is the 10th year that Gateway has participated in this event, which typically involves students, staff, parents and high school volunteers.

    National Honor Society members from Gateway Regional High School visited classrooms and read to students at the Blandford, Chester, R. H.Conwell and Littleville Elementary schools.

    In our area there are two great place to get a closer look at the work of Dr. Seuss. The National Dr. Seuss Memorial in Springfield, MA, and the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA. The R. Michelson Galleries exhibits many of Dr. Seuss’s original draws and limited editions. Both places offer an educational experience for children.

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    March into Women’s History Month

    March is Women’s History Month

    March is National Women’s History Month. If you’re looking to supplement your child’s education or develop a lesson plan for your classroom, there are plenty of on-line resources, lessons and activities that parents and teachers can use to get their children involved in the study of women’s contributions to the world.

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    Jewish Book Week

    prose1.jpgIt’s Jewish Book Week, and in London a literary festival is held to promote Jewish books and writing. The festival might be in the UK, but we here in Western Mass can enjoy them on-line.

    Jewish Book Week
    Website for this UK literary festival (late February/early March) promoting Jewish books and writing. In addition to details about current and past events, the site contains reviews of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books with Jewish themes. From the Jewish Book Council, a group “promot[ing] the reading of books on all aspects of Jewish thought and culture.” [(c) 2007 LII]

    On their website they will be including lesson plans for different age groups which will be available for parents/teachers to download and use with their children/classes. Also on their site they have a section of new children’s books they frequently update.

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    Year of the Boar

    Mask

    Celebrating the Year of the Red Fire Pig
    By Sienna Wildfield

    February 18, 2007 is the first day of the Lunar and Chinese New Year, the year of the Red Fire Pig. In years past hilltown families have gathered to share and discover the customs of celebration for this yearly holiday. It proved to be a great opportunity to educate our children and community of families about a holiday with which many were unfamiliar.

    Read more here.

    Every Little Thing is Gonna Be Alright

    00211_cd.jpgYesterday would have been Bob Marley’s 62nd birthday. Many of Marley’s songs have a very positive message that young and old enjoy, including songs like “One Love/People Get Ready,” and “Get Up, Stand Up” to name a couple. The political message may be missed by the little ones but the simple ones (like love and understanding) won’t be.  With the lively rhythms of Reggae music, many of Bob Marley’s tunes make a wonderful musical selection for kids. Putumayo puts out a CD titled Putumayo Kids Presents: Reggae Playground that has many additional favorite reggae artists.

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    The Homeschool Option

    The Homeschool Option

    Homeschooling: Key Facts and Resources

    Have you ever thought of teaching your children at home? More American families are choosing to homeschool their children every year.

    There are some surprising facts about the typical homeschool parents and reasons why they homeschool their children … it’s a mixed bag! Read the rest of this entry »

    Hilltown Families Meet Gustafer Yellowgold

    Gusterfer Yellowgold comes to the Pioneer Valley with a performance at the Flywheel in Easthampton, MA (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    On Saturday morning Gustafer Yellowgold performed Gustafer Yellowgold Wild Wide World at Flywheel in Easthampton, MA, a family concert much supported and organized by Bill Childs of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. A fun weekend performance for families with kids preK-3rd grade and early enough to get out afterwards to enjoy the first significant snow fall!

    Preceeding the performance, families were served pancakes and the Pink Panther played on the big screen … all this before the invasion of a melancholic yellow alien from the sun – Gustafer Yellowgold – in a weekend morning music show!

    The New York Times described Gustafer Yellowgold Wild Wide World as a cross between “Yellow Submarine” and Dr. Seuss, filtered through the lens of the Lower East Side, and after seeing this performance you may just find yourself concurring with this analogy.

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    Valentine’s Day ’07

    VALENTINE’S DAY 2007

    Happenings in the hilltowns and beyond for Valentine’s Day. Discover upcoming events and links for your family that are Valentine-ish, including dances, crafts, chocolate and more…

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