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Building Your Child’s Confidence Through Reading

Sponsored By: Academy at the LakesWords by Mrs. Debbie Szarko, Lower Division Librarian, Academy at the Lakes Mrs. Debbie Szarko started working at Academy at the Lakes in 1994. She has built a library program in which children are excited about reading. She teaches her students about virtues such as empathy, compassion, and perseverance. The […]

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Oh Fudge! An Ode to America’s Nostalgic Confection and the Art of Childhood Failure

American lore tells us that fudge first made its grand debut at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, at a senior auction in 1892. Whether this is true or not will remain a mystery, but what we do know is that chocolate fudge is a confection that the U.S.A can call its own. Many speculate that its invention was […]

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Make the Hospital Less Scary with the UnMonsters App

Sponsored By: St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital As an adult, going to the hospital can be a scary experience. But imagine being a child who is unfamiliar with a hospital setting – all you see are large machines and equipment, rooms full of people you don’t know, and doctors walking everywhere in masks. Sounds even scarier, doesn’t it? […]

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Back to Homeschool

Going back to school reminds me of pencil boxes, lunch boxes, new teachers, and Trapper Keeper notebooks (yes, I’m a child of the 80s). However, back to school for my family means working at the dining room table with mom (or without mom) on various subjects throughout the day. You will often find my kids […]

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Tales from the Unschoolers: A Day in the Life of an Unschooling Family, Part 2: Afternoon

After our busy mornings attending classes, playing with friends, and doing some classic studies, the hours after lunch are a peaceful time at our house. When you call yourself an “unschooling” family, it can take on many different meanings. For us, it means allowing our kids to follow their own interests as a means for […]

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How to Dominate Florida’s Back-to-School Tax Holiday

Who remembers the old Staples back-to-school commercial with the dad joyously collecting supplies while his sullen progeny trudge along behind him as “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” plays in the background? It’s the perfect metaphor for the annual craziness that is back-to-school preparation. Planning for a new school year, anticipating challenges and adventures […]

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