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Mitchelville beachOne of my favorite things is finding places to learn that are outside of the classroom. When it comes to teaching, my motto is “Make it Your Classroom.”  As one of your child’s most important teachers, your classroom can be anywhere, from driving in the car to the store, to hiking Pickney Island. When driving over one of our many bridges just simply ask the question, “Is it low or high tide?” This one question can spark your child’s interest and lead to an animated educational discussion in your car.  You have the power to make any space your classroom this summer!

kids sportsYoung athletes love to participate in activities that are fun, that allow them to showcase their skills and abilities, and where skill improvement is taught by caring and informed coaches. Unfortunately, the young athletes do not make the decision regarding who will provide them with the background for future successes on the field and in life.

Parents, coaches, sports organizations, and influential parent friends all play a significant role in sport selection and how sports education will proceed. How can youth sport participants navigate this system of development where getting a knowledgeable, energized, and proficient teacher as a coach and a supportive parental group is a Game of Luck?

seseme street juliaIn the world of “I live under a rock and don’t have cable,” I learned last night that Sesame Street has a relatively new character (launched in 2017)--she is Julia, and she has autism.  

Perhaps you knew this about the delightful red-headed little girl who flaps her hands when she is excited and “likes for people to know that [she has autism].”  She’s a great friend of Elmo, and we meet her while they are playing with Abby Cadabby. Big Bird is confused by some of Julia’s reactions, and Alan explains that Julia does things her way.

wrestlingLowcountry fans are flocking to a new sport: Wrestling. New teams and tournaments are cropping up each season as more students become interested in the activity.

Many parents, however, are finding it challenging to understand the sport’s rules and scoring, and often struggle to know how to help their child and the team. Having a beginner’s knowledge of wrestling can help relieve anxiety associated with a new sport and help both parents and children follow along with the ups and downs of a match.

sugar

Most parents know giving kids candy or cake can lead to wild behavior. We’ve seen the sugar rush and crash first-hand. But what about “healthy” sugars? And what about refined carbohydrates? Even though parents try to feed their kids a healthy diet, excessive amounts of sugar exists in many foods that we don’t immediately associate with sweets.