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Find Fun Activities on Education.com!

Even in Florida, the winter weather keeps us inside some days and we love to find new ways to entertain ourselves. This fun crossword puzzle from Education.com is perfect for my six year old girl. She sees me and her Copah doing crossword puzzles and often wants to help. She is also really excited about reading, vocabulary, and spelling. This will be perfect!

Warm up inside with this fun winter cross word puzzle! Find more reading games and activities at Education.com!

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Teaching is one of the most challenging and complex jobs on the planet. Our digital resources, tools, and learning materials are developed by educational experts to incorporate leading pedagogical practices. They are useful in any type of teaching moment and many can be used to support national education standards.

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From school teachers and tutors to home schoolers and parents, engaged adults are the key to unlocking each child’s potential and drive to learn. We empower all kinds of educators to teach kids by providing the best educational resources in any form or device to be used at home, at school, and everywhere in-between.

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There is no such thing as “one size fits all” in education; each educator and child has unique challenges and goals. We celebrate the diversity of our users by offering differentiated resources that can meet a wide range of educational needs – and raise kids’ confidence in learning.

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Holiday Cards from Purple Trail Bring Joy

It’s that time again, when we start to think about sending Holiday cards out to our loved ones and friends. I am one of those  who will never resort to sending e-cards, posting on Facebook, or dropping this tradition all together. People love getting mail. And I love sending it.

After a few minutes on PurpleTrail.com, there are already a few characteristics that stand out over other sites like this:

  • innovative designs and shapes
  • unique color themes
  • large selection
  • affordable prices
  • and since my favorite color is purple, they had me at their name 😉

The process looks simple and fun. You can narrow down your choices with categories like Family, Pet, Vintage, Accordion, and Trifold. You can create your own design from scratch or use one of theirs. I predict that my online card design company will change this year.

Here are some of my favorite holiday cards designs:

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5 Ways Sleep Helps Your Child Learn and Grow

Please welcome Guest Contributor from Tuck Sleep,  Sara Westgreen, with this important information for parents:

5 Ways Sleep Helps Your Child Learn and Grow

A good night’s sleep is just as important as eating a nutritious diet.

However, most kids between the age of five and 12 need 10 or 11 hours of sleep a night but only get about 9 1/2 hours. There are a lot of reasons that your child needs to get a good night’s sleep, and here are five of them.

Kids Grow Overnight

Kids do most of their growing overnight, thanks to the growth hormone that is secreted during deep sleep.

The more deep sleep that your child gets, the better they will grow in the long term. They won’t grow to be a giant if they are sleeping more than usual, but they will grow to the height that they are designed to be as long as all of the other factors are there.

 

Grows Proteins to Fight Germs

It’s no surprise that when you don’t sleep well, you are more likely to get sick. That is because the human body produces a type of protein called cytokines while we sleep. Cytokines fight infection, stress, and illness, and also make us tired to help us heal.

The more sleep that the human body gets, the healthier a number of cytokines their body produces. Since kids are constantly in contact with other humans at school and at home, this is especially important for them.

Less Clumsy

If your child is particularly clumsy or impulsive, it might be because they are not getting enough sleep every night.

Kids who do not get enough sleep regularly are far more likely to be injured badly enough to need medical attention compared to their well-rested agemates.

Increased Attention & Better Mood

A child who has slept well is going to be much more pleasant to be around than one who has not. They are also more likely to pay better attention and store better memories, thanks to their time spent asleep.

This is the reason that sleep testing is an important part of being tested for attention deficit hyperactive disorder.

Adding an additional 27 minutes of sleep per night could be the key to helping your child be more attentive and pleasant for everyone else to deal with in the long term.

Be More Creative

REM sleep encourages creativity by making it significantly easier for our brains to solve problems creatively and find previously unrecognized links between things that we already know.

REM sleep is the deepest level of sleep that our brain falls into and is essential to feeling rested in the morning. If your child is struggling to fall into REM sleep, you might want to try offering a white noise machine to them see if that will help them sleep more deeply and wake up less often in the middle of the night.

If your child is struggling in school and struggling to sleep, you should definitely talk to a pediatrician to see if there is a different medical reason for the sleep trouble, and to find possible solutions for this problem.

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Sara Westgreen is a researcher for the sleep science hub Tuck.com. She sleeps on a king size bed in Texas, where she defends her territory against cats all night. A mother of three, she enjoys beer, board games, and getting as much sleep as she can get her hands on.

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Motherhood to Menopause

When going from motherhood to menopause, one might experience a few life-changing adjustments. And not only did I go quickly from motherhood to menopause within a few short years, but I became a mother with the use of IVF hormone treatments, so put that in the mix, and stand back!

I became a mother for the first and last time at the age of 44 using IVF with a donor egg.  All sorts of things happened to my body before, during, and after pregnancy, motherhood-to-menopause, even almost seven years later, are still wreaking havoc:

  • anxiety/depression
  • Placenta Previa
  • Postpartum Depression
  • severe anemia (lost half of my blood volume following my C-section)
  • weight loss (lost 30 pounds immediately following birth…it was mostly fluid)
  • weight gain
  • abnormal/heavy periods
  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • irritability/mood swings

I was intrigued to find out about the tampon box. At least I can get a little help with one of my problems. My periods come when they feel like it and they are awful. Sometimes two to three times a month, sometimes not for two months. So, really, I’m probably somewhere between Perimenopause and Menopause. I find myself wishing for menopause, but want to be very careful about what I wish for. In any case, having this box would be nice.

Despite all of the physical, emotional, and mental turmoil of becoming a mother so late in life, none of it compares to the love I feel for my sweet girl. She is everything to me.

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