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Clean Out Those Closets and Make Money!

Looking for a way to get rid of your kids’ outgrown clothes, shoes, toys, movies, games, electronics, bedding and more? Maybe you still have that high chair, stroller, crib or play equipment you don’t use any more. Here is a way to make money on those items without having to list them online or have a garage sale. Be a consignor with an area children’s consignment sale!

A consignment sale it easy for you to clean out your closets and get ready for new items! These seasonal sales are held twice a year—usually Spring and Fall. Find a sale near you and sign up to sell your items. You get to select the price and attach a price tag to each item. Drop off your items at the sale, relax at home and wait for your check to arrive in the mail. It is that easy!

However, don’t forget to shop the sales too! There are thousands of bargains at these sales. You can make money by selling your items and save money by shopping the deals.

There are several kids consignment sales in the KC-area including the Here We Grow Again Kids Consignment Sales— www.herewegrowagain.com. Be a part of one of these upcoming sales!

Sept. 22-25 Here We Grow Again (Olathe, KS)

588 S. Santa Fe, Olathe (just west of I-35 in former Dillons grocery store)


Sept. 29-Oct. 2 Here We Grow Again (Shawnee, KS)

7353 Quivira, Shawnee (73rd & Quivira, next to DSW)


Oct. 6-9 Here We Grow Again (Topeka, KS)

210 SE 29th Street
(Next to Harbor Freight in former Safeway Bldg., just East of Kansas on 29th)


Oct. 14-16 Here We Grow Again (Northland—Kansas City, MO)

KCI-Expo Center, 11730 N. Ambassador Dr., Kansas City


Oct. 22-25 Here We Grow Again (Blue Springs, MO)

The Cotillion, 1717 Burdett Crossing, Blue Springs
(On 7 Hwy 1/2 mile North of I-70)


Oct. 28-30 Here We Grow Again (Grandview, MO)

Crystal Ballroom – Rodeway Inn, 15201 U.S. 71, Grandview
(Take 71 Hwy to 155th St- located North on Outer Rd)


Raising Eager Readers!

(Family Features) Parents are looking for ways to get their kids back into the learning mode. Making education a part of the norm is essential for an easy transition back to school. Not only is it important for success, but childhood development as well. Exposure to books in the early childhood stages plays a key role in a child’s reading development, and while most parents and caregivers know that children benefit from reading time, many struggle to fit it into their children’s hectic schedules.
A survey conducted on behalf of VTech, a leading electronic learning products provider, found that more than 40 percent of moms with children ages 3 to 7 years old said that not having enough time to spend reading with their children is the biggest challenge they face in trying to make reading a daily activity. And nearly half wished there were ways to include reading in their child’s on-the-go schedule.
Fortunately, there are plenty of fun and practical ways to make reading a part of everyday family life.

Making Reading Fun
You can help a child develop reading skills even when you’re running errands or doing activities together. By going places and doing things with children, you help build their background knowledge and vocabulary, giving them a basis for understanding what they read.
Telling stories and interacting with each other while on the go helps them develop their listening and thinking skills.
And now there are technologies that let you take interesting reading material wherever you go. The new V.Reader, the first interactive, animated e-book system for children, creates an engaging reading experience for early readers, ages 3 to 7, so they love to learn to read.
“We understand that parents are looking for ways to merge learning and fun and VTech is excited to offer the V.Reader, which does exactly that,” said Tom McClure, director of marketing, VTech Electronics North America, LLC. “Parents can trust this cutting-edge e-book to aid in their children’s development while proving how learning can be fun too.”
The touch-and-read e-book brings stories to life with narration, characters, animation, graphics, sounds and music. Kids interact as they listen and follow along with a story, or touch the screen and play games to learn each word and sentence. The V.Reader helps teach reading comprehension, vocabulary, phonics and word building.
Reading is a skill that requires nurturing. Creating a literacy-rich home is the best way to engage children with the joys of books and help them become readers for a lifetime. One convenient way to keep a constant stream of new books available to young readers is by downloading new e-book titles. Through the VTech website, new titles are available at your fingertips to add to your child’s V.Reader library.
To find out more about the V.Reader and to download titles, visit www.vtechkids.com

Create a Reading-Friendly Environment
Research1 shows that lack of access to books and educational materials is the single greatest barrier to literacy development in the US and beyond. Books, magazines, newspapers and other reading tools should be within easy reach of the whole family. Try designating a bookcase or shelf where children can keep a personal library.
According to First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need, a steady stream of new, age-appropriate books has been shown to nearly triple interest in reading within months. By visiting www.firstbook.org, families, teachers and reading programs can help children from low-income communities build their own home libraries and start the journey to becoming lifelong readers.
“It’s important for beginner readers to continue practicing their newly acquired reading skills,” said Ron Fairchild, founding CEO of the National Summer Learning Association and a national authority on how to expand learning opportunities for youth. “Research shows that access to reading material that matches kids’ ability levels and interests, and assistance to ensure comprehension, are important to sustaining and advancing reading skills.”

Some other tips for helping young readers develop include:
– Read with your child every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
– Ask open-ended questions, such as “What do you think is going to happen next?” or “Why do you think he did that?”
– Read your child’s favorite book over and over.
– Find out what interests your child and get reading materials to feed that interest.
– Let children see you read and invite them to read with you.
The US Department of Education (DOE) also recommends that when reading a book aloud to young children, point to each word as you read. This helps the child make a visual connection – that the word said is the word seen.

1 Susan B. Neuman, Ph. D. University of Michigan, Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement

Literacy Milestones
Most children develop certain skills as they move through the early stages of learning language. According to the Department of Education, these are some milestones to be working toward:

From ages 3 to 4, most preschoolers:
– Enjoy listening to and talking about storybooks
– Understand that print carries a message
– Identify familiar signs and labels
– Participate in rhyming games
– Identify some letters and make some letter-sound matches

At age 5, most kindergartners:
– Retell simple stories
– Use descriptive language to explain or to ask questions
– Recognize letters and letter-sound matches
– Show familiarity with rhyming and beginning sounds
– Begin to match spoken words with written ones

At age 6, most first-graders:
– Use a variety of ways to help with reading a story such as rereading, predicting what will happen, asking questions, or using visual cues or pictures
– Read some things aloud with ease
– Identify new words by using letter-sound matches, parts of words and their understanding of the rest of a story or printed item
– Sound out and represent major sounds in a word when trying to spell
– Try to use some punctuation marks and capitalization

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Source: VTech

Courtesy of www.FamilyFeatures.com

The Inside Scoop on ACT Testing!

When do students typically take the ACT test?

Juniors typically take the tests in the Spring (April, May, June) of their Junior year and may try a 2nd or 3rd time in the fall of their Senior year (Sept and Oct). Those are the most popular test dates. Students normally start applying for colleges in the fall of their Senior year.

What is the highest math level tested on the ACT?

The ACT tests up trigonometry.

If my child takes the test too early, will they score lower on the math portion because they have not learned the concepts yet?

The concern by parents of testing too early before math concepts are learned is valid. For those students, the test can be taken in June after their Junior year and then again in the fall. But then they only get 2 chances, where many people like to leave themselves 3 opportunities to take the test.

Is there a penalty for wrong answers on the ACT?


Are all ACT test scores sent to schools?

No. There is a “Score Choice” option. Students can choose which schools will receive their scores and which scores the schools will see.

When is the best time to register for the ACT test?

The best time to register is at least four weeks before the test at www.ACT.org.

Does tutoring help increase test scores?

With College Nannies and Tutors one-on-on ACT Test Prep Services, which focus on both content and test-taking skills, we have seen an average of a 3-5 point increase on ACT scores for our students. Ninety-five percent of the students who have worked with a College Tutor have improved their score.

College Nannies & Tutors – Kansas City

Nanny & Tutor Placement Experts & Hourly Childcare



Keeping Learning Alive this Summer!

Happy Summer KC Families!

You can take advantage of learning opportunities each and every day this summer. Summer learning doesn’t have to involve textbooks. In fact, it is well researched that hands-on or experiential learning helps move concepts from the abstract to the concrete.

Summer is the perfect time to solidify learning by helping children make connections between what they have learned in the classroom and real-world examples. Students might have learned the basic physics principles behind how airplanes fly, but why not put together a wooden airplane to demonstrate the concept?

Trip to the park? Bring a field guide, and have fun identifying different tree types. Collect fallen leaves and bark and talk about similarities and differences. Trip to the beach? During snack time, talk about how waves are formed. Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Museums commonly have free days or times each week. Visit local museums several times in the summer to build upon the previous visit and deepen learning.

These examples illustrate the point that summer learning at home does not have to involve a lesson plan. It does involve, planning, however, but the good news is that there are a multitude of educational websites designed to give you ideas, activities, and information. Parents and caregivers can spend 30 minutes at the beginning of the week printing off something fun and unique for the week ahead.

Here are a few of College Nannies & Tutors’ favorite summer learning practices:

Read 20 minutes per day. Why discontinue something that students are required to do each day during the school year? Help children appreciate reading as a lifelong activity. This also a great way to incorporate some much-needed down time into an active summer day.
Get outside and explore. Air, water, grass, or city park, teach children to ask questions about their environment and seek answers.
Learn by doing. Baking, gardening, arts and crafts, constructing – children are wired for hands-on learning. This is the easiest mode of learning and the most fun for everyone!
Teach by example. Don’t expect students to sit still for a carefully crafted lesson in the summer while you watch hands-off. Engage in activities and learning opportunities with them, showing your interest and leading them in exploration.
Make connections to the classroom. Visit local historical sites to help your child visualize the history lessons learned in the classroom. Ask your children for their math expertise: counting change, measuring for your small home improvement project, or estimating how long a car trip will take.
Parents, caregivers, and tutors have a responsibility year-round, but especially in summer, to take an active role in educating children. A summer of learning will translate into a lifetime desire to learn! What a great gift to give our children! Are you ready to take the Summer Learning Challenge?

College Nannies & Tutors – Kansas City

Nanny & Tutor Placement Experts & Hourly Childcare



Early Exposure to Music Increase’s Children’s Brain Development

Research shows that music helps build children’s self-confidence, enhances complex reasoning and focuses listening skills. Early music instruction produces cognitive benefits in the area of spatial-temporal reasoning.

Studies have shown that young children who have developed rhythm skills perform better academically in their early school years. Children who take music lessons have better verbal memory skills than others and may find it easier to learn in school.

Children seem to be naturally drawn to music right from the start. Fostering this inborn love of music can begin as early as infancy. Parental involvement is an important factor in early music training and can greatly improve the experience.

Early childhood music programs such as Kindermusik focus on fostering a love of music, rhythm, and self-expression. Early musical experiences can help children develop their singing voice, build steady beat competency, develop listening skills, and give expression to their feelings. These valuable skills will benefit children when they begin formal music lessons.

So when should children begin piano lessons?

Around the ages of 7 or 8 years children typically begin piano lessons. By this age children are more ready to sit still and concentrate and their hands are big enough to reach the keys. By age 8 children usually have developed the ability to do abstract reasoning which is needed for staff note reading.

Children will learn much more than just music in playing the piano. They will achieve valuable skills such as self-discipline, mental concentration, a sense of timing, the ability to hold up under stress, memory skills and many others that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Give your child the gift that lasts a lifetime…..Music!

Article submitted by:

Denise Revo

Denise Revo Music Studio offering Kindermusik and Piano

Lees Summit, MO


Schlitterbahn KC is a Hit with Mom and Kids!

Hello KC Families!

Made my first trip to Schlitterbahn yesterday. Haven’t have a day off where I haven’t worked at all in many weeks, feeling so incredibly guilty that the kids are out of school and other than a couple of camps we haven’t done any “family” trips, sooooo off to Schlitterbahn we went! It was one of the first sunny days with absolutely no rain we’ve had in quite a while and it was actually a ton of fun. They had something for all ages (kiddos are 10-16), we all enjoyed and everyone was comfortable. The best part – from my “mom point of view” – was FREE parking AND we could bring in all of our own drinks, lunch and snacks! (are you listening WOF???) We pulled our cooler in and enjoyed our favorites (and the Price Copper cost instead of the usual $9 burger price at most amusement parks). The lazy river is always my favorite at this type of place but according to the kids there were enough whitewater slides to thrill each age. There appears to be a lot more construction to come as they grow and add attractions. Looking forward to seeing what else they have coming, but for the moment it was well worth the trip. Check it out and be sure to use the coupon we have in our current issue right now, you can even print it out from our digital iFamilyKC book online. If you go, let us know what you thought. We love to hear what you think!

Check out www.Schlitterbahn.com


Why Getting Messy is GOOD!

(Family Features) Playing outside and getting messy may just seem like fun to kids, but playtime actually has an important role in child development.

Research shows that various types of play and parental interaction are vital to the healthy development of children.

Play expands kids’ minds and neurological development. Self-initiated play improves skills such as problem solving and interpreting and is important to brain development and learning.
Play boosts children’s creativity and imagination. Play gives children the chance to invent, build, expand, explore and develop a whole different part of the brain.
Play stretches our children’s attention spans. Playing outdoors just 30 minutes a day increases child’s ability to focus and pay attention.
Play boosts self-confidence and self-regulation. Kids learn to become masters of their own destiny without an adult directing, pushing, managing or scheduling
Play helps kids learn to enjoy just being in their own company, entertaining themselves and developing identity. Ease that guilt when your kid says, “I’m bored, Mom!” and wants to be amused by you.
Visit http://www.all-laundry.com for more information and to download a coupon and go to www.facebook.com/alllaundry to share your favorite messy moments.

Summer Checklist from Inspiring Moms!

Summer is here! To many parents, that means fewer demands, no more homework, and planning festive family vacations, yet it also means swim lessons, baseball practices, games, tournaments, tutoring, all sorts of camps, and endless requests for play dates. Add to that the stress of managing your family’s “free time,” and summer can feel as overwhelming as it is welcoming.

If this sounds like how you are feeling, you are not alone. If you’d like to start the summer off right, consider the beauty of a plan or following a daily checklist.

A checklist is a powerful tool. It is a list of tasks that you need your kids to accomplish each day. It provides the comfort of daily structure as it orients your kids to what is expected of them. Think of it as their personal step-by-step guide to morning and evening success. Who doesn’t want that? Kids love to feel successful.

Our kids are capable of so much more than we think. We just need to set them up for success. The morning and evening checklist do just that.

Gone are the days of “Have you made your bed? Did you brush your teeth?” Your kids will now hear positive and encouraging statements like, “I love the way you are using your checklist. Good for you!“ If one of your kids asks to head over to a friend’s house, simply respond with “That sounds like a great idea!” Your making great progress on your checklist, keep it up!”

Start now and download the Inspiring Moms summer checklists for free by clicking: http://bit.ly/a2fLAk . There is one for kids who are gone for the day, maybe at camp or daycare, as well as for kids who typically stay home during the day. There are pictures for your little ones who can’t read and a brief phrase for those who can. Pop each list into an 8 by 10 frame and keep them out on the kitchen counter or island. Your kids will love them!

Remember, practice makes permanent. Stick to the list, be as consistent as possible, praise progress, and most importantly, make it a great summer!

Amy Hilbrich Davis

Happy mom of seven, Mom and Family Expert, CEO of Inspiring Moms, and creator of the Balance MAP!


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