Speaking out against LGBTQ bullying #SpiritDay

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Paper Mill Playhouse and the company of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz support “Spirit Day 2019” in the attached image.  This year’s Spirit Day (Thursday, October 17) is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Pledging to “go purple” on Spirit Day is a way for everyone to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.  Feel to use this image on your websites, social media and broadcast. Photo by Emma Rhyner.

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, presents the New Jersey premiere of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz with a book by Marc Acito, musical adaptation & additional music by David Libby and conceived by and additional lyrics by Tina Marie Casamento. Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz  will run through Sunday, October 27, 2019, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ). Directed and choreographed by Tony award nominee Denis Jones, Orchestrations by Larry Blank and David Libby with music direction by Lawrence Yurman, the principal cast features Ruby Rakos (Billy Elliot) as Judy Garland/Frances Gumm, Tony Award nominee Max Von Essen (An American in Paris, Paper Mill’s The Baker’s Wife) as Frank Gumm, Olivier Award-winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea) as Ethel Gumm, Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!, And the World Goes ‘Round) as Ma Lawlor/Kay Koverman, Stephen DeRosa (Into the Woods, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) as Louis B. Mayer, Michael Wartella (Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryTuck Everlasting) as Mickey Rooney, and Colin Hanlon (ABC’s Modern Family, Paper Mill’s Benny & Joon) as Roger Edens.

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America’s Knowledge Crisis: A Survey on Civic Literacy

Washington, DC — A national survey commissioned by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) draws new attention to a crisis in civic understanding and the urgent need for renewed focus on civics education at the postsecondary level.

Some of the alarming results include:

  • 26% of respondents believe Brett Kavanaugh is the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and 14% of respondents selected Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016.
    • 15% of the college graduates surveyed selected Brett Kavanaugh.
    • Fewer than half correctly identified John Roberts.
  • 18% of respondents identified Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a freshman member of the current Congress, as the author of the New Deal, a suite of public programs enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s.
    •  12% of the college graduates surveyed selected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
  • 63% did not know the term lengths of U.S. Senators and Representatives.
    • Fewer than half of the college graduates surveyed knew the correct answer.
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APPLE STORES INTRODUCE NEW AUGMENTED REALITY CODING ROBOT FOR KIDS

Looking for a smart toy that brings virtual and hands on play together in a fun and educational way – one that sets it apart from the rest?

Introducing Botzees, the latest and greatest from Pai Technology, innovators that excel in pairing children’s growth through all stages with technology, science, and art to strengthen imagination, problem-solving, critical thinking, and healthy lifestyles.

Botzees is a new robotics kit for kids ages 4 and up that combines creativity, construction, and coding, all in one. Kids can build, program and code six different pre-designed robots or choose to create their own with the specially designed blocks that come with the kit.

Once built, Botzees can be taught to move, drum, dance, make sounds and light up using the free Botzees app. The kit’s 130 gender neutral, uniquely shaped, easy-to-grip blocks with rounded edges will inspire kids’ imagination with tactile, tangible hands-on learning. Additionally, the 30 interactive Augmented Reality puzzles will teach even more coding concepts with visual cues.
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Avoid The Summer Slide- Fun Ways to Stimulate Your Brain

Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy time together with friends and family, but you don’t want to let your mind turn to mush during that time. According to the Northwest Evaluation Association’s research,  “summer learning loss was observed in math and reading across third to eighth grade, with students losing a greater proportion of their school year gains each year as they grow older – anywhere from 20 to 50 percent.” How do you keep your child from losing their learning or falling behind? Keep their minds active, keep them reading, and keep brains stimulated. No, Fortnight totally doesn’t count, sorry!

Got a little one? Start young and keep them active. There are some amazing books out there, and of course your local library will likely have summer reading programs you can do with your child no matter what age. There are also puzzles and educational games you can play with your child on technology and “real life” touchable options- we recommend a bit of both.

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We recently tried out these fun and “edu-taining” science based apps aimed at preschoolers, and found them both adorable and fun. My child didn’t even realize they were learning, they honestly enjoyed them. Even my 12 year old liked them- except the dress up app, but that’s pretty good for an age range in my opinion.

I’m a teacher by trade, and I love that there are these apps that let kids have fun while learning.  Since science is an area that is under-taught in many schools, the more ways a child can be exposed to it, the better.  Cosmic Cubs (www.cosmiccubs.com) help kids pre-k and up learn about ecology, the solar system, and just for fun, a space dress up game as well. These three apps are available for Android and IOS platforms, via the App store or Google Play.  The space cubs also teach kids about the importance of being environmentally responsible- reduce, reuse, and recycle – in their Cosmic Cubs Eco Puzzle App.

The website has lots of coloring pages you can download as well as information sheets in addition to the apps. The apps are technically free but cost $1.99 for full access. Kids will have access to puzzles, games, learning about the planets, asteroids, meteors, comets, problem solving, and more. They also teach new vocabulary words. Even the dress up game helps with dexterity and hand/eye coordination, as well as learning about colors and more. Not to mention, spark an interest in space.  The three apps available are the Cosmic Cubs Eco Puzzler, the Cosmic Cubs Dress Up, and Cosmic Cubs Space Puzzles. $1.99 for full access.
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5 Best Homework Help Services

Today thanks to the advancement of technology students can easily get help with their homework on the internet. The modern high school students like to explore the world around them and when they need to find out about a topic that is beyond their locality, they turn to online homework help services to get assistance. This is easy these days because just a little search via the search engines they are able to get a dozen of such services available for students. In this article piece, we help take you through the top 5 best homework help services for students. Just keep reading below to find about them below:

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  • Khan Academy

 

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It is a free homework help service for high school students and college students alike. It was launched by a Harvard graduate who felt the need to come up with a high-quality education platform where students from all parts of the world could get study collections free. The platform offers various academic solutions to various subjects studied in high school and college. Here are some subjects you can get help with on the Khan Academy education platform:

 

  • History
  • Math
  • Economics
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Healthcare & Medicine
  • Arts & Visual arts
  • Computer Science

 

It is a great online educational help platform that you will be able to get thousands of study collections regardless of your location in the world.
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U-Nest #GetUnested Twitter Party

This is a sponsored post on behalf of U-Nest. All opinions expressed are our own.

Join Blog­gin Mamas & U-Nest as we host the #GetUnested Twit­ter Chat on Tuesday, 10/9/18 at 9p EST! Join us as we talk about saving for college or higher education. Plus, there will be some prizes too!

Date: Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Time: 9:00–10:00pm EST / 6:00–7:00pm PST

Hash­tag: #GetUnested Secondary Hashtag: #UnestKids

Spon­sored By: @u_nest_future

Pre­sented by: @BlogginMamas

Mod­er­a­tors: Eng­lish– @HeLoEnterprises Span­ish– @BBabushka

Co-hosts: @EnzasBargains, @HaveSippy, @DonnaHup @CoolChillMom @MamasMission

Panelist: @BabySavers

About U-Nest

U-Nest is an intuitive and easy-to-use mobile app that establishes and manages a tax-free college fund for your child in minutes. You can start saving for your kids’ future with as little as $25/ month. Our college savings plan is the optimal way to save money for educational expenses due to its tax advantages and investment options. You can read about additional benefits here: https://u-nest.com/

 

After making the plan, the U-Nest app securely links to your bank account to automatically transfer money each month into your child’s plan. The app also lets you understand with a glance at your phone, how close you are to reaching your savings goal so that your child can pay for their education, debt-free. U-Nest is a fully accredited and registered Financial Advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is backed by a team of experienced financial experts and advisors with decades of experience.

KEY FEATURES

  • Easy to Setup – Setup an account in five minutes. No long or confusing paper applications needed to start investing.
  • Tax-free growth – Stop worrying about your kids’ future and make the most of your investment returns via U-Nest tax-free college savings plan.
  • Easy tracking – Adjust your monthly contribution anytime, track your tax free projected growth, projected tax savings and asset allocation for your account.
  • Personalized Goals – Establish your future goal with U-Nest college calculator and choose an amount that is right for you based on monthly contribution, your child’s age, and type of school.
  • Simple and Fast – View account balance, change contribution plans and manage transactions at the touch of a button.
  • Affordable – Start investing in your child’s future with as little as $25/ month. U- Nest makes saving easier for every income group.
  • Secure – U-Nest uses bank-level security and the strongest browser encryption to keep your sensitive financial data safe.
  • Flexible – U-nest works by giving each of your kids a dedicated savings account. Set goals in seconds, view account balance, change contribution plans, manage transactions, all from your mobile phone. Save money for kids and start investing to help your kids achieve their goals.
  • Personalized Investment portfolio – U-Nest picks the best investment portfolio for your child based on your child’s age and when they will need the money for their education. Your portfolio is constantly optimized to achieve the best asset allocation as your child becomes older.
  • Investments managed by Invesco – All your investments are managed by Invesco, one of the best investment management firms in the United States with over 80 years of experience managing over $988 billions in assets under management.

COST

U-Nest charges a simple monthly advisory fee of $3 per account. The fee is collected by the same method of payment as selected for your investment contribution account.

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3 Reasons to Get Your Kids Interested in History

History is one of those subjects in school that some of us loved, and that others just couldn’t help sleeping through.

Whether or not history seems exciting and interesting to a child will be affected by their temperament and innate interests, but also by the way in which the subject is taught. Endless lists of dates to memorise is unlikely to as fascinating as visiting a reenactment site or hearing an adventurous tale set in the past.

 

While kids generally enjoy fantasy games such as https://finalfantasyxvapp.com/#home, history can be no less exciting and engaging, not to mention educational and informative.

 

Here are some reasons why you should get your kids interested in history if possible, and nurture that interest when it arises.

 

History contains timeless lessons for the present and the future

 

History isn’t just a record of stuff that happened in the past, it is, to a large degree, also a record of the causes and effects of different events, as well as a series of lessons about the ways in which life can unfold and how to live it meaningfully and productively.

 

The events in history may have occurred a long time ago, society may have changed in various ways, and technology may have advanced more than anyone could ever have imagined, but people are fundamentally not very different, and the lessons which applied to the people of yesteryear will likely still apply to people living today.
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John Glenn Astronomy Park to share hero’s legacy with next generation

Forty miles southeast of Columbus in the secluded and tranquil woods of the Hocking Hills State Park, community members are setting their sights on the sky. Ohio’s Hocking Hills, known for its lack of light pollution and resulting clear night sky views, has always been a mecca for astronomy fanatics. Thus, members of the Friends of Hocking Hills State Park (FHHSP) has broken ground on for John Glenn Astronomy Park, which opens in early 2018. Named for one of America’s greatest heroes and an Ohio native, the park is made possible through generous donations and pledges from community members.

John Glenn Astronomy Park will not only allow visitors to explore the night sky, but will also offer daytime study, welcoming visitors to its Solar Plaza to study the Sun, Earth and the North Celestial Pole, among other celestial features. It is ideal for research, star parties, special events and general daily visitation. Designed by Ohio-based M&A Architects, the Astronomy Park includes:

  • An ideal elevation of 1,000 feet
  • An 80-foot in diameter Solar Plaza, which highlights the Sun’s orientation to the Earth as it changes throughout the year and is encircled by a low wall with notches that offer framed views of the Sun on key days
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