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Free tools teach kids computer programming during Hour of Code Week

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 11:04am

This week is Hour of Code Week, in case you didn't know. A project of Code.org, with the support of CEOs, celebrities, and the President, the goal is to encourage every student (all ages) to take some time to start learning computer programming.

Mom dilemma: picking a winner among my children

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 10:52pm

The evening wore on, and my children were busy amusing themselves, chattering back and forth between their bedrooms. From another room in the house I could hear my son and daughter talking excitedly about some new scheme they were collaborating on. As I listened, I gathered they were planning a Christmas decorating contest, and my daughter wanted me to be the judge.

My son protested, “We can't have Mom be the judge. You know who she always picks to win.” My ears perked up, and I wondered if I unknowingly favored one child over the others.

Making the most of the good days

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 12/07/2013 - 11:59am

The good days of parenting. We all have them, though maybe not as often as we would like. The good days are days when the kids behave well in action and attitude. Days of relative peace and pleasantness. Days of cooperation instead of conflict.

Going through Advent to get to Christmas, and revamping our Advent calendar along the way

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:25pm

Counting down the days until Christmas, I have set up our Advent calendar. A gift to us from family, our beautiful wooden box is decorated with a winter animal scene, and its little drawers are numbered for the days before Christmas.

In the past I have hidden little candies or tiny toys in the drawers, but that became more challenging as our family grew. When our third child came along the drawers became far too small, so instead I tucked little notes inside that sent the kids on scavenger hunts around the house for small prizes.

Approaching Thanksgiving and preparing for that next holiday

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 1:04pm

So we're coming up on Thanksgiving, and my parents want the List. They have been asking, and I have been stalling. The List is simply not ready. I have not yet been able to convince my brain to consider what everyone in our family wants for Christmas, and then distill that information down into a list of gifts for my parents to give.

Day Trip: Walk like an Egyptian at the SC State Museum

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 1:50pm

Imagine intricately carved statues, elaborate stone jewelry, a golden throne covered with ancient scenes, cobras, falcons, and one mummy. On Saturday our family stepped back in time among such objects to explore the tomb of King Tutankhamun, aka Tut, by way of replicas on display at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. Our two and a half hour drive was rewarded by the excitement and amazement of our children as they wondered at the treasures of the boy king.

Turkey Time

Turkey Time

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 9:28am

 

Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel, CVPM, PHR

Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital

 

Where in the world... talking travel with my kids

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 2:47pm

Last night our dinner time conversation turned to travel. Friends of ours are going on a Disney cruise, and my kids thought it would be wonderful for us to do the same some time. I said that sounded great, but there are just so many places I would love to visit. And that's when the fun began.

Trying to put a positive spin on going to the dentist

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 9:11pm

Today I dragged myself to the dentist kicking and screaming (on the inside anyway, being too much of a “grown-up” to really behave that way). I told myself that it was the right thing to do. That it is good for me. That seeing the dentist every six months makes the visit easier for me than those times when I have fallen behind in my dental duties. My brain knows it's the wise choice, but my emotions fail to see it that way.

"Brainstorming" on a school project with my 4-year-old

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 11:22am

This week my 4-year-old brought home an assignment from school to disguise a turkey. On a sheet of thick, white paper was Tom the Turkey, and it was up to the kids to disguise him so the Farmer would not find him for Thanksgiving. The instructions said for parents to “brainstorm” with the child about ways to disguise old Tom. “Be creative,” they said. And, “Use a variety of materials.”

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