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Adventure Us: Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory

Hidden away on a mountain ridge at the end of a steep, windy – but beautiful! – drive west from Roanoke into West Virginia is an old fire-tower that has been converted into one of the best bird-watching stations in the region. Dubbed the “Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory,” this 3,812 foot high perch offers views…
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Illustrious Roanokers, Part 3: Dr. Charles T. Pepper

Following the pattern of loosely interpreting “Roanoker” to mean someone who has influenced Roanoke’s development, let’s consider…  Dr. Charles T. Pepper (1830 – 1903) A doctor and pharmacist from nearby Rural Retreat, Dr. Pepper is renowned for his greatest medicinal creation: a concoction of herbs, roots, and… you guessed it… carbonated water. This beverage would…
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Roaming Roanoke: Chuck E. Cheese

This week’s blogging destination is a popular chain restaurant for kids – Chuck E Cheese! Chuck E. Cheese has pizza and games – it’s many kids’ dream, haha. The national chain has been around for decades (43 years according to the website). So many of us parents have childhood memories there (playing skeeball!) and now…
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The 5-Minute Answer: What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)?

By Marissa Siegel, Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services You may have seen someone write a note to communicate their order at a coffee shop. Or maybe you’ve seen someone use a device that speaks for them according to the buttons they press. These are examples of augmentative and alternative…
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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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