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Just how important is reading aloud to children?

Parents and educators recognize the importance of reading to children. But how important is it really? An extensive study done by the U.S. Department of Education determined that “children who were read to at least three times a week had a significantly greater phonemic awareness when they entered kindergarten than did children who were read to less often and they were twice as likely to score in the top 25 percent in reading”. It is also known that one of the best predictors of early reading success is phonemic awareness. This is powerful information for stressing the importance …

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10 DIY Minecraft ideas and decor

Kids nowadays are no strangers to video games. If you allow your kids time on the tablet for educational purposes, chances are they are also exposed to a variety of entertaining games. So it’s no surprise that they may pick up a game-themed celebration for their upcoming birthday party.

One of the most commonly requested game-themed trends in the past few years is a Minecraft-themed party. If you’re not familiar with Minecraft, it’s a game that allows your character to explore an infinite vast world where you can build things, hunt monsters, and mine for resources. The incredible amount of …

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Training for a hike? 5 ways to build strength and stamina

Experienced hikers would tell you that hiking isn’t only mentally demanding, but physically challenging as well. Many beginners get excited for their first hiking trip, preparing themselves with expensive gear with the peak of the mountain in mind, facing a stunning view of the world surrounding them.

Depending on the difficulty of the terrain, you’re bound to exert yourself physically, and the view up top wouldn’t mean as much if you’re all cramped up, out of breath, and feel like your legs are about to fall off! Here are 5 exercises to help build your muscles up and improve your …

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