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5 Fun Alternatives to Family Movie Night

Have you watched every family-friendly movie on Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus? Memorized every scene of Trolls World Tour? Eaten your body weight in popcorn? No judgement here – it’s been a long year!  Here are five alternatives to Family Movie Night at home that are just as fun! Take an Art Class together: There […]

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5 Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety in Kids

Stress and anxiety is common for both children and adults. Butterflies before a piano recital or feeling nervous about a big test is a normal reaction to a stressful situation or event. As parents, we can’t eliminate stress in our children’s lives – only teach them how to manage it.  Triggers that can cause stress […]

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5 Ways to Help Kids Focus During Online Learning

Sit still. Pay attention… These seem like easy concepts, but these days while kids are attending school or an online class from their bedroom or kitchen table, it’s especially hard for kids to focus and listen to a teacher who is online. ActivityHero sought out the guidance of Chaia May, an early childhood educator and […]

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Best Kids Halloween Activities for 2020

Whether or not you are going trick or treating this year, there are a ton of spooktacular Halloween activities that can be done at home to get in the haunting spirit. Carve out some fun this October to bake creepy cupcakes, paint spooky creatures, learn candy science, and more! We’ve rounded up the best kids […]

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Learning Pods To Support Online School

Learning pods are small, in-person groups of children who learn together with the support of a teacher or facilitator. These ‘pandemic pods’ are rapidly gaining support as parents find new ways to support their child’s virtual learning. Working parents and families with multiple children are struggling to find a path forward while balancing work and […]

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How to Get Students to Volunteer (Without Nagging!)

“Who wants to come out and pick up trash in our neighborhood Saturday morning?” a bright and eager teacher asked a class of 9th graders. While a few dedicated students might show up, most probably won’t. Saturday morning is prime time for middle and high school students to sleep in, not volunteer. But, counselors, teachers, […]

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Building Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence in Children

Natalie is a high school teenager who believes she is not smart enough. Her parents noticed her self-esteem is low and want to help her regain her confidence. Stories like Natalie’s are not uncommon in today’s high achieving environment.  Students may be influenced by their classmates and their perception that a subject is hard or […]

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5 Organizing Hacks Perfect for Back to School

Back to school means an influx of after-school activities and lots of ‘stuff’. Here are a few ideas to keep your family organized.

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6 Business Ideas for Enterprising Kids

Encouraging kids to think like entrepreneurs teaches them long-lasting lessons about the value of hard work, careful planning, and creativity. By Melanie Hargrave We all remember sitting at the end of our driveways at a table, a pitcher of lemonade waiting expectantly, with a big cardboard sign announcing our 25-cent cups of refreshment. Most likely, […]

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Outdoor Activities for Earth Day

Getting outside is healthy for the body and the mind. This Earth Day, why not get the whole family outdoors for some memorable adventures? By Wendy Chou Research has shown that getting outside keeps kids moving, lowering the risk of childhood obesity. Another health benefit from being out and about: added Vitamin D, which strengthens […]

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Tips and Resources for Young Writers at Any Age

ActivityHero shares the insights of writing professionals who work with kindergarteners through high schoolers. With these tips, parents can help support kids’ writing goals. By Wendy Chou Writing is a key life skill that engages and empowers kids–and is highly correlated with overall academic success. ActivityHero talked with professionals from two writing programs to learn their […]

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18 Seasons to Harvest Compassion

Help your family grow compassion and harvest the benefits of community service.

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Preparing for elementary school tours and open house

Get the most out of your school tour or open house with these tips from education experts and parents You’ll find a lot of private schools offering open houses and tours in October and November. Even though the school year just started, the admissions process for private and independent schools starts in the fall. First, consider […]

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5 Tips That Helped Me Succeed in High School ~

High school can be stressful! Here, a recent grad shares 5 practical tips helped her define high school success and achieve meaningful goals.

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Expert Tips to Ease the Back-to-School Transition ~

Don’t just muddle through the first weeks of school. Use these clever strategies from after-school teachers to help kids (and you) hit the ground running!