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National Museum of American History Family Guide: 9 Tips to Know Before You Go

The Smithsonian Museums are at the top of the list for many families with kids in Washington, D.C. and for good reason! I love going to the museums (especially the National Museum of American History) with my kids because they tick all the boxes: Free! Educational! Not weather dependent! But with all the pros, there […]

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Small crowd at EdFest 2019

Lessons from EdFEST: Post-School Fair Notes

Well, I survived EdFEST. It was informative, busy, and crowded, and I’m glad I went. EdFEST is the District of Columbia’s annual public school fair, where families can talk to representatives of public and charter schools in one spot. Each school had its own table, and staff—and sometimes parents and students—answered questions about their school. […]

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The Early Learning Program at BASIS Independent McLean: Instilling Wonder and Inquiry in Students from Day One

This post is sponsored by BASIS Independent McLean. We hope you enjoy learning about this new program at one of our area’s top private schools! The earliest years of a child’s life are filled with crucial “a-ha!” moments as they make countless connections between thoughts, topics, and their surroundings. They absorb new ideas like sponges, […]

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The Power of Play for Preschoolers

This post is sponsored by The Gardner School of Herndon, VA. We hope you enjoy learning about a top preschool in our area!Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity. ~ Kay Redfield Jamison  All moms have witnessed ubiquitous games of “lava” that break out whenever […]

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Celebrate National Crayon Day on March 31

Crayons are a creative staple in my household. If the plethora of dinosaurs, electronic gadgets, and books ever got boring (and apparently, they do) the kids will pull out the crayons. I love crayons because they can be used as soon as a child can hold a toy and into adulthood. You see them in […]

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