5 More Fun (and Educational) Snow Day Activities!

I’m sure you were among the thousands of Ohioans who rejoiced when it hit 60 degrees in mid-December.  Like me, you probably crossed your fingers thinking, “Maybe it won’t snow this year.”  “Maybe winter will pass over us and give us a break.” Well, welcome to Northeast Ohio!  (My city received nearly two feet of snow in the past two days.) …

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Tutor Spotlight — Ann Martha

“I believe one should share the gifts one is given and use them to teach others.” – Ann Martha It is said that some people have a calling.  They know exactly what they want to do with their lives.  Ann Martha is one of those people.  She knew that she wanted to help others…and she knew she loved art. Ann …

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Family Fun Day BONUS — Sensory-Friendly Performance of “Kaput”

As part of the 6th Annual International Children’s Theatre Festival, Playhouse Square will present a sensory-friendly performance of one of its shows.  In January, the non-profit theatre company presented its first sensory-friendly performance.  During the performance, lights were left on and families were allowed to talk, get up and move around the theatre.  While these changes may seem minor, they …

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Family Fun Day — 6th Annual International Children’s Theater Festival

One of the reasons I love our Family Fun Day series so much is it features local Cleveland attractions that would be otherwise unaffordable for families.  There are so many wonders in and around Cleveland that everyone should experience at some point in their lives.  One of those wonders is the magic of live theater. In yesterday’s blog article, Why …

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Why the Arts are Vitally Important

When it comes to educating today’s youth, you rarely hear that students need more exposure to the arts.  Rather, some schools are electing to remove or minimize arts education due to budget cuts.  In a world focused on college and career readiness, we are seeing an increase in STEM programs and helping students with the most basic skills – reading …

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FFD — Cleveland Museum of Art’s Second Sunday

It’s time for another Family Fun Day!  I think that it is important to be aware of the wonderful community resources that are available to us in Northeast Ohio.  We are a bustling community with lots to offer.  From natural resources and parks, to theatres and museums, to sports stadiums and libraries, there is so much to explore.  Our next …

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Read Across America Day 2015 — Tips for Your Classroom

In 1997, the National Education Association proposed a new idea – a national day to celebrate reading.  On March 2, 1998, the nation celebrated its first “Read Across America Day,” appropriately celebrated on the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel (more commonly known as Dr. Seuss).  Schools, communities, libraries and local businesses are all invited to have parties and events to …

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5 Fun (and Educational) Snow Day Activities!

“SNOW DAY!” scream your children as they run down the stairs.  “No school!  No school!”  Yes, a snow day is arguably one of a student’s favorite things.  (And some teachers, too.)   Now the real challenge begins.  All of a sudden your children are at home with you (or a sitter) all day.  How do you keep them occupied for …

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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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