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May 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM / by Gabby Fisher posted in Art, art for kids, Day Camp, discount, Education, Partners, STEM, Summer Camp, summer camps, Tech

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10 Reasons Why Summer Camp is Great for Kids

March 29, 2018 at 12:00 AM / by gabbyfisher posted in Adolescents, cognitive, Early Childhood, emotional, General, Health, nature, News, obesity, parenting, parents, physical, relationships, screen time, self esteem, Soccer, social, sports, STEM, Summer Camp, summer camp activities, summer camps, Tech, teens, Tweens

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 Summer camp is great for kids for the following reasons:

  1. Summer camp helps kids build relationships.
  2. Kids gain experience doing things they may not get to do at home.
  3. They will have exposure to experts.
  4. They are physically active.
  5. Summer camp gives them a break from devices.
  6. They get to experience and learn about nature.
  7. Activities at camp helps to keep their brains active throughout the summer.
  8. Summer camp activities build self-esteem.
  9. Attending camp makes kids resilient.
  10. Summer camp educates the whole child.

 

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11 Tips for Choosing A Summer Camp For Your Child - UPDATED!

February 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM / by Gabby Fisher posted in Education, Entertainment, Local Tips, parenting, parents, Partners, registration, special needs, sports, STEM, summer, Summer Camp, summer camp for kids, summer camps

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It's high time to start thinking about summer plans for the kiddos! Choosing the right camps might seem like a daunting task, but no need to worry. This article offers you concrete tips for choosing the right camps for your kids. As a mother of four, I understand the feeling of urgency, and I'm ready to help ensure your kids have a fantastic summer camp experience.

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Music: How Does It Help My Child?

January 8, 2018 at 11:00 PM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, children, Education, General, Health, instruments, Kids, Kwaddle, Music, musical, News, parenting, parents, play, sing, STEAM, STEM, Tech

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I love music.

It is truly the one thing that can melt away stress and make me a more pleasant person almost instantly. While I would've loved to make a career out of singing, that was never really an option for me so instead I dove into being an educator and mama. Because music is a constant in our lives, it didn't take long before my children took an interest as well. My oldest is undoubtedly a musically inclined child too. She has a great set of pipes and does pretty well with the piano too. My younger daughter also sings beautifully and will hopefully begin taking guitar lessons in the near future. Both of our boys also love to sing, but it is yet to be determined if that's the beginning or end of their talent. To me, music is a huge part of life.

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Christmas Buying Guide for Parents

November 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, books, children, Christmas, clothing, Education, General, holiday, Kids, memories, movies, s.t.e.a.m., shopping, sports, STEM

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Move Over Thanksgiving! Christmas is coming!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE shopping on Black Friday! For me and my sisters, it is a tradition that always proves to be a great time. We literally leave at midnight and get to our favorite shops around 1am. (Did I mention we live in the country?) Lines? Nope. Just pure no-kids shopping, super deals, and no headaches (until at least 5am). We eat breakfast two times in the middle of the night and then grab lunch before arriving home just in time to lay down for a nap with our littles. The awesome thing is that with a good plan in hand, I can usually knock out my entire Christmas list in one clean sweep. However, since my money tree isn't producing as well as I'd like, I have to pay close attention to what I am buying and how much I spend.  Read on to find out how I shop for my four favorite little people.

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Parenting Series Part 3: Praise and Encouragement

October 24, 2017 at 12:48 PM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, Education, encouragement, extracurricular activities, General, Health, Local Tips, parenting, parents, praise, sports, STEM, tips

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Praise and Encouragement

I recently read an article by Kids Matter about the value of praising our children and how it affects their development early in life. Even though I have a degree in early education that says I know my stuff, I somehow have forgotten about the power of praise with my own children. It wasn't so apparent until recently when we brought home our fourth child (read: final child) through international a doption. Friends, allow me to tell you a little known secret about adopting an older child from a third world country. It is really stinkin' hard. I'm not talking crying over spilled milk hard. I don't mean bad day at work hard. I'm talking about wondering if you made a huge mistake, kicking and screaming, ugly, begging God to make the fits stop hard.

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6 Questions for Choosing the Right Extracurricular Activity for Your Child

August 24, 2017 at 12:16 PM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, chess, Education, Entertainment, extracurricular activities, General, goals, personality, Soccer, sports, STEM, Theater

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We did it!

We made it to the end of this series and one big question remains. How do I know what extracurricular activity to sign my child up for? There are so many options. Here are six helpful questions you should ask yourself that will help you choose the right extracurricular activity for your child.

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The Arts: Extracurricular Activities for the Creative Child

August 17, 2017 at 8:00 AM / by Gabby F. posted in Art, art camp, cultural awareness, decision making, Education, General, higher IQ, language development, Local Tips, Music, music camp, STEM

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We've all been there.

As parents, we've all had that moment when our child has just spent time coloring, drawing, or crafting a work of art. They proudly waltz over to you as if someone just handed them a winning trophy and then ask, "Mama, do you like it?" You, like me, probably did your very best to NOT say, "what the heck is that?" Instead, you smile lovingly and say, "Tell me about your creation, darling." It isn't until then that you realize that what looked like a blob with a tree on it's head is actually a very carefully drawn unicorn. You then follow up with, "Honey, that is the most beautiful unicorn I have ever seen."

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S.T.E.A.M. Extracurricular Activities That Can Rival Sports?

August 3, 2017 at 11:25 AM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, Destination Imagination, Education, FIRST, General, Girls Scouts, STEAM, STEM, Summer Camp, summer camps, Tech, Technology

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What's all the buzz about?

STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), are in the headlines a lot these days. Girl Scouts are pushing STEM activities and providing opportunities for girls to foster their interest in the field. Programs such as Destination Imagination and FIRST are popping up all over the place to teach children about the value of science and tech. As a parent, you don't need to look too far to find amazing robotics and math competitions for kids. Are you curious to learn what STEM can offer your child? Maybe you are like other parents who are wondering what's all the buzz about. We are here to tell you that STEM or STEAM activities might be exactly the kind of things your child may thrive doing.

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Extracurricular Activities: 5 Reasons Why They Are Good For Kids

July 28, 2017 at 8:09 AM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, Education, General, sports, STEM

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Kwaddle is dedicated to helping parents find the best camps and activities for their kids. Our goal is to make signing your children up as easy as possible. Whether its dance, soccer, karate, or music lessons, our children are doing it all, but why?  Why do we pay that money and why do we sign those forms?  This article is the first of a five part series all about the value of extracurricular activities and explore some of the various activity domains. Keep reading and learn exactly why extracurricular activities are good for your kids.

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