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Media Use by Teens and Tweens Plus Tips for Parents

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Like many parents today, I’m never sure how much screen time is too much screen time. I know my middle schooler’s cell phone use annoys me, but is it harming him and his ability to focus and be present?I’m even more unsure after learning the results of The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, which is a comprehensive picture of media use by kids 8 to 18 in the United ... Read More »

LAUSD Choices Magnet Application Explained


The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Choices Magnet application period is open and closes on November 13 at 5 p.m. Navigating the magnet world can be daunting. There are 210 magnets in the district that cover specialized subjects like performing arts, STEM, government studies, and biological sciences (a.k.a. the zoo magnet). We have gone through the process ourselves and it’s complicated if you’re applying for the first time. We talked to ... Read More »

The 10 Apps and Websites Parents Need for the New School Year


The thermometer may still register summer-weather, but the calendar shows us that back-to-school time is rapidly approaching. So with that in mind, here is a list of ten apps and websites to make things easier for students and their parents as we prepare ourselves for a new school year. myHomework. Our technologically savvy kids need an equally technologically savvy way of keeping everything school-related organized. This app allows students to ... Read More »

Free Kids’ Music Lesson w/

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This post contains affiliate links. Have you wanted your child to take music lessons, but worried about the cost? Or what if it’s just not a good fit for your kid? With our MomsLA Promo code, you can get One Free 30-minute Lesson from TakeSessions and try it out. TakeSessions offers lessons in Studio or in your Own Home, and all the necessary equipment will be provided. TakeSessions offers lessons ... Read More »

Chalk Preschool Online – Educational Entertainment for Kids


This is a sponsored post. Things are much different now than when my boys were in preschool. There are so many more tools that help kids learn while also being fun like Chalk Preschool Online. Chalk Preschool Online creates edutainment videos for preschool age kids. Chalk’s curriculum includes hundreds of videos that cover literacy, shapes, math, colors, and science. They were developed by entertainment industry professionals who know how to make fun and engaging ... Read More »

6 Ways to Parent Volunteer When You Don’t Have Much Time

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I was a public school teacher for twelve years. When I taught kindergarten, parent volunteers were more numerous than in the years I taught fourth and fifth-graders. Additionally, I see the level of parent volunteerism differs from school-to-school. It is much higher at my son’s elementary school than it was at the school where I taught. Yet, I’m here to tell you parent volunteers are necessary. We are now into ... Read More »

Highland Hall Waldorf School – Academics and the Arts


This is a sponsored post Can you imagine a school where your child is taught two languages? Or spends two years in elementary school learning to play the cello and another two learning the clarinet? That’s the Highland Hall Waldorf School difference (grades Nursery – 12). Highland Hall was the first Waldorf School in the Western United States and will celebrate its 60th Anniversary next year. At the cornerstone of ... Read More »

Making a Rainbow: Each Hand Counts


I taught kindergarten for five years before being moved to fourth grade. It was quite a jump for me, requiring me to adapt my classroom management techniques, my lessons, and my library corner to accommodate the “big kids.” But, it was hard to leave all my kindergarten lessons behind, namely, the fun, art projects. It was my experience, that as our children get older their school days involve a lot ... Read More »

7 Reasons to Visit Public Libraries


Our kids are growing up with fewer bookstores. Within five miles of my childhood home, I can remember a B. Dalton at the Original Farmers Market, a Brentano’s in the Beverly Center, a Borders on La Cienega, and a Book Star in the Beverly Connection. Now, there’s only the Barnes and Noble in the Grove. (And those are just the big-name book stores.  Independents are struggling even more). Thankfully, hope ... Read More »

Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers


It’s holiday time which leads to two questions:  Do I have to get my child’s teacher(s) a gift?  And, What do I get him/her? Okay, first question. No, you don’t have to purchase a gift for your child’s teacher. After a twelve-year teaching career, I can tell you that never did I receive a gift from every child in my class. And that’s okay. However, a gift does show your ... Read More »