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School of the Week: Ohio Virtual Academy

Ohio Virtual Academy, an accredited, full-time online public community school for students in grades K-12 who reside anywhere in Ohio, offers an individually tailored education for all students. As part of the Ohio public school system, OHVA is tuition-free and offers an engaging curriculum provided by K12 Inc., the nation’s leading provider of K-12 curriculum and online education programs. ...
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Beaumont Designated an International Baccalaureate Programme World School

Beaumont School has been officially authorized as an International Baccalaureate Programme World School. The school will offer the IB Diploma Programme for students in grades 11 and 12, starting in fall 2017. The IB program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. ...
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2017 Editions Ages & Stages Education Featured Magazine March 2017 Parenting

Modern Homeschooling is Learning Without Boundaries

Today, homeschooling involves interactive, out-of-the box approaches to education. Homeschooling parents found this to be their favorite part of being directly involved with their children’s education. Here are some ideas that make perfect homeschool lessons, but can be great learning experiences for traditional students, too. ...
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Student Spotlight: High School Senior Creates 3D Animations for Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Hernan Rincon, a senior at Montessori High School at University Circle, created a 3D solar system for everyone to enjoy at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Hernan worked at the museum’s Shafran Planetarium, where he developed computer animated 3D models of the solar system, as part of his school’s internship program. ...
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2017 Editions Ages & Stages Education Featured Magazine March 2017 Parenting

Homeschool Learning Adventures in Northeast Ohio

Many area organizations offer educational experiences specifically tailored to homeschoolers and their families. Get outside the "classroom" and gain some hands-on learning at these Greater Cleveland events that are geared toward homeschool students. ...
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Parent Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Keep Your Child Reading

Help your kids retain the essential skills they learned in the classroom and plan for a season full of new adventures in reading. ...
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Child’s Play: How Imaginative Play Benefits Your Child

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Between the everyday obligations of school, sports and other extra-curricular activities, many children equate playtime with sitting in front of the television, computer or other electronic device.

This dependence on electronic devices can be linked to a list of issues, including childhood obesity, as well as reduced cognitive and muscle development. Children who instead engage in imaginative or pretend play are offered a stress-free environment where their dreams have no boundary. This type of activity just comes naturally for kids because it’s just plain fun.  However, a make-believe-friendly setting begins with the parents. Here are a few ideas to create an environment that fosters creative, imaginative play for your little ones:

  • Focus on fun. A truly free setting for imaginative play is one without structure or rules. Let your child know there are no expectations or wrong outcomes while they are pretending. There may be moments where you have to intervene, but the atmosphere should be relaxed and free from rules.
  • Give toys that encourage pretend play. Make sure your kids have toys that allow them to express themselves.
  • Read to your children. The benefits of children who are regularly read to are immense, from enhanced bonding between parent and child to better test scores. So, begin the reading ritual as early as you can. You will find your child will love and look forward to sharing this healthy activity with you.
  • Play along. Young children mimic everything their parents do, so be a model of imaginative play for them. Go ahead and act silly — dress up with them, act out puppet shows or build forts with bed sheets.
  • Create a fantasy prop box. Fill a box with various trinkets found throughout your home for kids to create their own forts, homes, businesses or simply a rousing game of dress-up.
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National Catholic Schools Week Includes Events for Students, Families and the Community

The theme for this year's National Catholic Schools Week — which takes place Jan. 29-Feb. 4. — is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. ...
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