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Adventure Us: Read Mountain Preserve

East of town, tucked back behind Bonsack, lies Read Mountain, where a short climb affords one of the valley’s most beautiful views. The Read Mountain Preserve is 243 acres of scenic woodland and ridgetop, jutting out between the I-81 and Route 460 corridors. The hike up the mountainside, while steep in places, is manageable even…
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Cornmeal, Whiskey and Gourmet Fungus

This summer, on a not-quite-whim, we turned a large chunk of our backyard into a cornfield. It wasn’t quite a whim, because we knew we wanted to expand our garden; however that hadn’t materialized by June, when we took a family trip across the western border to beautiful Monroe County, West Virginia. There we found…
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Roaming Roanoke: Mill Mountain Zoo

This week’s Roaming Roanoke destination is Mill Mountain Zoo! You might remember we tried to go to Mill Mountain Zoo on Labor Day weekend but did not get inside before it was full-capacity. We finally made it back this past weekend! My middle child’s birthday was on Saturday. She turned the big 5! She asked…
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The 5-Minute Answer: What is the Americans with Disabilities Act and How Does it Impact You?

By Marissa Siegel, Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 American adults have a disability? According to the CDC, that includes over 61 million people. Specifically in Virginia, 23.6% of adults are living with a disability. The ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act,…
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How the New Normal Brought Back Family Dinners

The COVID-19 virus most certainly brought the world to its knees and created a new normal for most families; working at home was suddenly a new and welcome change for many parents, and family dinners are making a comeback. It’s a difficult job juggling work-at-home duties, chores around the house, pet needs, wrangling the kids,…
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Changing Education: 7 Habits for School

August 31, 2012

Synergize—a lot of adults may not apply this word to their daily lives, or for that matter, even know what it means; however, kindergartners at Botetourt County’s Colonial Elementary sure do. The word became a “bragging point” for principal Tammy Riggs as she described how The Leader in Me, a book by Stephen Covey, had…

Back to School Hearing Test

August 31, 2012

It’s back to school time once again, and parents across the Roanoke Valley are trying to prepare their children for the new academic year by providing all they will need for success. New backpack. Check. New shoes.  Check. Pencil case.  Check. Hearing test…? Everyone knows that good hearing is essential for young children to develop…

Getting Ready For School

August 31, 2012

Did you know proficient reading by the end of third grade is a significant predictor of future academic and life success?  However, learning to read well begins long before a child enters elementary school.  According to literacy experts, reading proficiently results from a combination of experiences and skill building that begins in the earliest years…

Kindergarten Nerves

August 31, 2012

The best way to deal with first day of school nerves is to minimize them as much as possible beforehand. Even if your child has seen their older siblings go to school, it’s still an entirely new experience to them and can be very scary. Thankfully there are lots of ways to help ease their…

Ease Back into School

August 31, 2012

I say it every year. I’m going to have my children continue reading at least a few nights a week in the summer. Two weeks before school starts, I’m going to get them back on a good bedtime schedule. My oldest just started the 5th grade, so I’ve had plenty of time to get it…

Kid Science Experiment: Change the Baby

August 31, 2012

…so you reach for a disposable diaper.  As advertised – baby is kept dry and the “used” diaper is, well, amazingly heavy. You toss it out, it’s gone. But wait!  How does the diaper HOLD all that water? Disposable diapers have been a part of our child-rearing culture ever since Pampers were introduced in 1961…

Garnished with tomatoes, lettuce and pickles, served with French Fries.

Shake Up Your Weekly Recipes

August 31, 2012

Every family has mealtime favorites that they rotate during the week: meatloaf, spaghetti, and chicken are some of the most popular. Change the old routine up a bit by incorporating these three kid-friendly dinners into your family’s weeknight meal repertoire. Asian Chicken or Turkey Meatballs with Teriyaki Glaze This delicious Asian-inspired meal (serve with steamed…

Apple Printing Craft

August 31, 2012

This is a fun, simple craft that is perfect for a back-to-school party! You use sliced apples to decorate a simple tote or t-shirt. It would also make a great teacher’s gift at the end of the school year! Supplies: Fabric paint Canvas bag Apples Knife (Adults only!)    Have a grown up carefully cut…

Get Your Child Ready To Read

August 27, 2012

Did you know proficient reading by the end of third grade is a significant predictor of future academic and life success? However, learning to read well begins long before a child enters elementary school. According to literacy experts, reading proficiently results from a combination of experiences and skill building that begins in the earliest years…

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