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Special Needs

5 Signs a Camp Really “Gets” Kids with Disabilities

Going to summer camp is a childhood experience no one should miss. Here, an expert in kids with special needs shares 5 ways to tell if camp staffers have the heart (and training) to embrace a child with disabilities. By Katherine Teel Summer camp is an unforgettable rite of passage for kids — but for […]

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Rock Music Lessons: Surprising Ways They Pay Off

Believe it or not, rock music lessons offer some perks you might not find with other instruments. Prepare to be schooled in the art of rock!

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Acting Drama/Theater Performing Arts

Why Kids Love and Hate Theatre Camps

What makes theatre camps, acting camps, and performing arts camps applauded in some cities — and scoffed in others? Our author explores what happened in two nearby towns, and what theatre programs can learn from the kids’ reactions. By Katherine Teel For as long as anyone can remember, Mt. Vernon Community Theatre (MVCT) in Mount […]

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Special Needs

Kids With Disabilities – 10 Things That Might Surprise You About Them

Many of us are in the dark about what to say to a parent whose child has disabilities. We don’t know what’s okay (or offensive) language. We aren’t sure when (or whether) we should ask questions. We want to be sensitive — but worry we making unintended blunders. Here, our author — an educator who […]

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Performing Arts

Looking for the Right Acting Classes for Your Child? Read This Before You Act!

Some activities in life are easier if you have a script. That’s why veteran “drama mama” Katherine Teel is sharing her list of 20 questions to ask directors of acting, theatre, and performing arts camps, classes, and programs. By Katherine Teel Once you’ve got the answers to these questions, review them with your kids, and […]

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Drama/Theater Performing Arts

Looking for an “Act-ive” Activity for the Whole Family? The Stage Is Calling!

“Ya got trouble, with a capital T” when your family time feels scattered and you’re not connecting with your kids. Here’s how The Music Man helped this single mother strengthen family bonds — while doing something special for herself. By Katherine Teel For the past four years, two things have happened every summer. The Hazelton […]

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After-School Activities Keeping Kids Active, Healthy + Engaged

Acting Classes For Kids: What You Need To Know

Acting Classes For Kids Many young people graduate high school with a passionate relief that they will never again have to participate in a pageant, exhibit, or production. But a few kids discover that standing in front of an adoring crowd belting out a solo or delivering a monologue is sheer heaven. They can’t get […]