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MaryAnne K.
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Visiting the cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote much of the first Harry Potter book was a BIG highlight of last summer's trip to Scotland for my Harry Potter adoring fifth grader! Get all the details about this fun landmark:

#HarryPotter #Edinburgh #VisitScotland #KBN
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Have you always wanted to play the piano, but never got a chance to take lessons? Do you have kids who want to play, but no affordable teacher? Or, maybe you have a teacher but your children resist practicing? The ONE piano could transform your life. #piano #musiceducation #CES2017
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My son is growing faster than I can believe. And it's amazing how his young mind works... I love listening to him explain his thoughts on some of the bigger things in life. It's interesting how a simple question from me can...
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My body aches. Sweat drips off my skin. It feels like a tornado ripped through my mind. Another hour stolen by mental illness. One minute everyone is having fun. Then BAM! Something seemingly harmless triggers my child into a rage, and the fun evaporates. Hours, days, weeks, months pass as we walk on eggshells afraid of triggering another emotional meltdown. Our family activity level dwindles as we adjust schedules and cancel plans to work aro...
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'Put on your shoes.' Before kids, I never imagined a straightforward request yielding contrary behavior. It might as well be code for insult your sibling, pet the cat, and it's time to take a dump. In my family with kids with special needs, meltdowns occur more often at departure time. This transition causes emotional disregulation. It doesn't matter where we are going. It could be the grocery store, church, or the amusement park. Most of the ti...
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Science Fair Project

Explore how temperature helps hot chocolate powder dissolve with this fun STEM experiment, Hot Chocolate Science.

#STEM   #science   #education  
Explore how temperature helps something dissolve with this hand-on STEM experiment, Hot Chocolate Science.
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Tips for moving with kids that will help them say goodbye and embrace their new home.
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These books that teach kids kindness combine the fun of reading with introducing concepts that can be difficult to explain to toddlers and preschoolers.
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Finding joy in everyday parenting at

SAHM to four wonderful children. Visit my blog, Mama Smiles, where I write about Joyful Parenting through creativity, learning, and play! I adore crafts, hands-on education, and high quality toys and baby gear.

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4 kids, Ph.D., Third Culture Kid
  • Stanford University School of Education
  • Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences
  • University of Edinburgh
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parenting, education, crochet, sewing
  • Mama Smiles
    Owner, 2008 - present
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Massachusetts - Cambridge, England - Edinburgh, Scotland - California - Vienna, Austria - La Paz, Bolivia - Paris, France - Guatemala City, Guatemala - Virginia - Utah
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Japanese Internment Books for Kids & My Family’s Story

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leaf people art project for preschoolers {fall craft}

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20 Ideas to Practice Measuring | Inspiration Laboratories

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Science Experiments for Autumn and Fall

15 fun and easy fall science experiments for Fall and Autumn. Make goo, ice, toffee apples or treacle and get outside measuring trees

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Teaching Kids About Money: Summer Curriculum

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Restaurant Games to Get Kids Off Screens

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Are you looking for ways to use your plastic Easter eggs? Try these science activities with plastic Easter eggs!

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