By Cara Johnson-Bader At New Horizon Academy, our teachers use classroom cooking activities to promote learning, and you can, too. We understand cooking with your child takes a little more time, a lot more patience, and involves extra clean-up, but it is totally worth it. Cooking boosts language development, fine motor skills, and math abilities,…

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Caption for Lawn Lessons: Music lessons once taught indoors by Marcus Marianthi, front at right, are now conducted outside due to COVID-19. (Courtesy photo) By Dennis Lopez http://www.boisemusiclessons.com/ “Hey, Dad. Let’s learn to play the violin together!” It seemed like a logical father-daughter request from my oldest daughter, Amy. After all, she was only suggesting…

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The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Meet 12-year-old Kaden D., a sweet jokester who one day hopes to become a marine biologist, a mechanic or an architect. Kaden is amazing at building things. He loves to build with wood, Legos or anything else…

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By Luke Erickson So, you knew this had to be an article about COVID-19, right? I mean, has there been any other kind of article since March? Let’s say that hypothetically I managed to go an entire article without mentioning Corona…you’d be like, “Uhh, dude, do you live in a cave or something? And if…

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By Sandy McDaniel A mother called me recently, very distraught that her family was in turmoil over an event that happened the previous night. Her daughter, age 12, had just received a new basketball for her birthday. Her younger brother asked to use it at a game that night during half-time. Her answer was affirmative,…

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By Cara Johnson-Bader Research tells us it is never too early to start reading to children. From the day they are born, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers develop language skills and pre-literacy skills every day that help them become readers. Children need between 10,000-12,000 words in their vocabulary to be ready for kindergarten, and reading is…

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