Join Us Tomorrow — 17th Annual Summer and Beyond Fair

Good afternoon everyone!  Are you staying warm in this chilly temperatures?  We’re certainly doing our best! Tomorrow morning, North Coast Education Services will be attending the 17th Annual Summer and Beyond Fair for Children and  Youth with Disabilities.  This is your chance to meet and interact with organizations all over Ohio who specialize in working with individuals who have learning differences. …

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FFD — Kiwanis Read Around the World

On March 2nd, our nation will celebrate Read Across America Day, a holiday created to celebrate the joy of reading.  Adults and families are encouraged to spend the day reading to children and instilling the love of reading in their hearts.  Even with the advances in technology, I still find so much comfort in picking up a book to read…as …

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FFD — The 21st Annual Medina Ice Festival

When I think of winter, rarely are my first thoughts about school delays, brushing off my car, bone-chilling winds, and an icy parking lot.  Instead, I picture beautiful images, such as new-fallen snow, sleds, ice skating on a pond, snowmen, hot chocolate, and a warm fireplace.  While the idea of braving the chill may not sound like the perfect day …

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FFD — Univ. of Akron’s Annual MLK Activities Fair

  This month, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was celebrated on January 20, 1986.  (Fun fact: not all fifty states observed MLK Day until the year 2000.)  Traditionally, the day is celebrated on the third Monday of the month of January, which is near King’s birthday – January …

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FFD – Toylands! Exhibit at the Shaker Heights Historical Society

When I was studying to be a teacher in college, I based my personal teaching philosophy on a fabulous quote from Walt Disney – “I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.”  I have found that no matter how old we get, we always appreciate it when learning is both …

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FFD — Sensory-Friendly Performance of “Havana Hop” at PlayhouseSquare

Welcome back, everyone!  We hope that you had a wonderful holiday break! I believe it is critically important to engage our children in the arts.  Whether it is painting, dance, theater, or music, the arts are an essential part of life.  Autistic children, in particular, benefit from the arts because it encourages self-confidence and provides opportunities for sensory input and …

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Happy Holidays from NCES!

We’re thinking of you this time of year, Wishing you happiness, joy and cheer. May all your days be warm and bright, And your nights enhanced by holiday light. Enjoy your delectable holiday foods, As parties and gifts create holiday moods. Favorite people play a meaningful part, While treasured rituals warm your heart. You are special to us in many …

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FFD — Penitentiary Glen Reservation

If you looked outside now, you would not believe that Christmas is only nine days away.  By our office, it is in the mid 40’s with a light breeze.  Still, in true Ohio fashion, I feel like we are destined for more snow fairly soon.  During the winter, I think we truly rely on our animal instincts.  I don’t know …

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From All of Us to All of You

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we all instinctively stop and take a few moments to reflect on what we are thankful for.  Whether it’s that extra slice of pumpkin pie, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or an afternoon full of football, everyone has something for which they are thankful.   Here at North Coast Education Services, we are thankful …

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