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Adventure Us: Carvins Cove – Hollins Tinker Creek Greenway

Carvins Cove, the nationally acclaimed conservation area adjoining Roanoke’s fresh water reservoir, is a gift that keeps on giving. Renowned for its 60+ miles of trails, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve draws mountain bikers and horseback riders from across the country. Its 12,500 acres of forest and mountain win it the prize of the largest conservation…
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Reminiscing on 2020

2020 was certainly a year that changed our lives. So many developments of global proportions; so many seismic shifts in our everyday existence. Will life ever quite be the same? In any event, it’s worth recalling some of the ways – good and bad – that 2020 will forever stand out in my memory. Here…
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Roaming Roanoke: Kids Square

Happy New Year! We are starting 2021 with a visit to a popular spot – Kids Square! Now that it is January, there are not a lot of events. Add in the global pandemic and it can be hard to find indoor activities for families right now. However, several places are open with health and…
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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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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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