September 11th Lesson Plans Offers Ways to Tackle Difficult Topic
Lifelong Learning

September 11th Lesson Plans Offers Ways to Tackle Difficult Topic

September 11th is a difficult, yet imperative, topic for educators to teach and explore with their students. On this anniversary of 9/11, many teachers have students who either were not yet born or do not remember the terrorist attacks. It is hard to believe that high school seniors this year were only about 7 years…

A Girl’s Guide to the Women’s Suffrage Movement: Visiting the Susan B. Anthony House
Family Travel | Lifelong Learning

A Girl’s Guide to the Women’s Suffrage Movement: Visiting the Susan B. Anthony House

Along with my quest to introduce more positive female role models (sorry Cinderella) we’ve been reading fabulous children’s books about the leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.  I know at nearly 5, the Bean is too young to fully comprehend how lucky she has it today, but when…

Enrich Family Vacations For All The Right Reasons
Lifelong Learning

Enrich Family Vacations For All The Right Reasons

Combat brain drain while keeping the “fun” in summer trips. A recent U.S. News & World Report article on educational family vacations opens with the popular notion that teens have to be dragged kicking and screaming on family vacations. The author goes on to suggest ways to sneak in teachable moments, all with the underlying assumption…

Philadelphia’s US Mint Shows You The Money
Art Education | Family Travel | Lifelong Learning

Philadelphia’s US Mint Shows You The Money

On a recent road trip to Philadelphia with my family, I attended a behind-the-scenes sneak peek tour of the US Mint, the largest coin manufacturer in the world. The re-designed public tour, which is free, opens July 3, 2012. I was able to also go right down on the factory floor to get an up-close-and-personal…

Culinary Arts | Lifelong Learning

Kids Cook Too: Healthy Cooking Classes Have Long-Lasting Benefits

Summer is finally here, which means we now see a steady supply of fresh vegetables from our farm subscription. Luckily, I have a creative and industrious kitchen helper in the form of my daughter, who from a young age has been cooking and learning about healthy eating. A big part of her enthusiasm has been…