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Sherlock Holmes Mystery


Hello Sherlockians!   Even the best detectives need a break from their mystery. That is why my violin is so important to me. It helps clear my head and allow me to focus on the mystery at hand. Our young detectives are no different. Luckily, there were a lot of activities going on to allow […]

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Sherlock Holmes Mystery


Hello Sherlockians! Recently an unknown thief stole my beloved violin, rendering me incapable of solving crimes. With their notes carefully collected in their detective journals, the young detectives from the Children’s Museum helped me solve the Mystery of the Vanishing Violin.   Observation Skills Some of the evidence required advanced observation to match it to […]

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Sherlock Holmes Mystery


Hello Sherlockians! I am the distinguished Sherlock Holmes. The week of February vacation, tragedy struck. Someone stole my violin!   What Happened? My violin is my most prized possession. It has aided me in solving many of the toughest cases. Playing the violin allows me to ponder the evidence and get to the bottom of […]

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Summer Social Skills


Summer is a wonderful time to help children develop the social skills necessary to grow into confident adults. Social skills help us interact with others in positive ways. Non-verbal cues make up around 85% of what we communicate to each other. Our mind, body, and language work together to create interactions with others. Evaluation Sociability […]

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Prevent the Summer Slide


Prevent the Summer Slide No school, the main reason why kids love summer.  To kids no school means all fun and no learning.  As a result, kids often lag trying to get back in the swing of learning when they return to school in the fall.  The last thing that kids want to do during […]

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Fun and Easy Ways to Connect Engineering with Literacy


Engineering is a way of doing.  It is about learning to solve problems, using various materials, designing, creating, and constructing things that work. Listed below are books and hands-on activities that will connect engineering with literature and help teach children how to solve problems. Freight Train by Donald Crews This story shows a freight train and […]

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Fun and Easy Ways to Connect Technology with Literacy


Technology is a way of doing.  It is about using tools, identifying problems, being inventive and making things work. Below are various books and activities to connect technology with literature!   Basher: Go! Go! Bobo Colors by Simon Basher Bouncy Bobo can’t sit still. He just has to bounce his way across the pages of this book, painting […]

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Play and its Relationship to Language


Play and its Relationship to Language By Karen A Francioso-Howe, MS CCC Play, play, play It is such an important part of a child’s preschool development.  It is how a child learns to problem-solve, interact, turn-take and socialize with peers.  But, did you know that play is also an important prerequisite for language development? People […]

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Technology and your Child’s Sleep – Helpful or Harmful?


Technology and Your Child’s Sleep – Helpful or Harmful? By: Amy Gemmiti, LCSW In many households, a common bedtime routine looks like this:  after dinner, your child watches a TV show or plays a few games on a laptop or tablet to help “wind down” from a busy day.  As the child goes to bed, he […]

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Ear Infection and its Impact on Speech and Language Development


Ear Infection and its impact on speech and language development By Karen A. Francioso-Howe, MS CCC You may not think of speech and language development as being related to health. In fact, there are many factors which can contribute to a child’s delayed speech and language development. One important health-related issue that affects many children […]

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