Missing School Can Lead To Chronic Absenteeism

Chronic Absenteeism

Have you ever heard of Chronic Absenteeism? It was a new word for me. Are you one of those parents who make your kid go to school, even when they are sick? Or are you more likely to just let them stay home and figure the rest out later?

We all know things happen, kids get sick, last minute vacations, deaths in the family – I could go on. But that isn’t really what we are talking about here. For most of us, we are very blessed in the fact that we have the tools, resources, and wherewithal to make sure our kids do not fall behind if they do have to miss school. Chronic absenteeism is more than that. There are MILLIONS of children all over the United States who are missing school due to struggling in the classroom, having trouble with bullies, or dealing with challenges at home.  These are the students who are falling behind and struggling to graduate later in life.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8SIX2o2N1c]As a parent, you’re in a powerful position to help your child both improve their grades and increase their love of learning. Parents who get involved with their children’s schools—by meeting teachers, attending afterschool and sporting events, participating in PTA meetings, and volunteering in the classroom—are more likely to be able to advocate for their children within the school community.

A student who misses just two days of school each month — 18 days total in the year — is considered to be chronically absent. However, many parents don’t realize that, even when absences are excused or understandable, absences add up and can greatly impact a child’s education. In the United States, more than 6 million children are chronically absent from school each year.

Chronic Absenteeism

To combat chronic absenteeism, the U.S. Department of Education, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the Ad Council have partnered to create the public service campaign Absences Add Up. Absences Add Up is part of the My Brother’s Keeper Every Student, Every Day initiative, a broad effort to combat chronic absenteeism led by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Justice.

The Absences Add Up campaign directs parents and community members to AbsencesAddUp.org, where they can find information about the importance of school attendance and resources to learn how to help children who are struggling in school, being bullied, managing chronic illness, or addressing mental health challenges. The site also provides parents with resources to assist with caregiving, housing and food challenges. For teachers, community leaders, after school programs, and mentoring partners, there is information about how to encourage school attendance and resources to help address issues like poor grades, bullying, and family challenges that cause children to miss school when they don’t have to.

Chronic Absenteeism

Tips and Suggestions

  • Keep track of how many days of school your child has missed.
  • Figure out why your child is absent from school.
    • Are they dealing with a chronic illness like asthma?
    • Are they being bullied or struggling at school?
    • Are they staying home to help care for a family member?
  • Visit AbsencesAddUp.org to find help addressing the underlying cause of your child’s absences.
    • Ask teachers and community leaders for advice and specific resources in your area.
    • Don’t be afraid to reach out to other parents in your area to ask for help and share tips.

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HELP US SHOW PARENTS HOW TO HELP THEIR KIDS! Spread the word on Social Media.


  • 12 family emergency days + 6 vacation days = risk of not making it to graduation day. Visit AbsencesAddUp.org today. #AbsencesAddUp
  • 2 absences per month = less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. #AbsencesAddUp AbsencesAddUp.org


  • Every Child Deserves A Chance! Attending school every day increases a child’s chances of success in school and in life. That’s why I support the U. S. Department of Education, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, My Brother’s Keeper, and the Ad Council’s #AbsencesAddUp campaign—because every child deserves a chance at success. http://absencesaddup.org/ #EveryStudentEveryDay #MyBrothersKeeper

Win Tickets- Curious George at the Liberty Science Center #LSCCuriousity



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The Liberty Science Center in nearby Jersey City, NJ has a ton to do for kids and families. They also constantly rotate exhibits and events so no one ever gets tired of doing anything. The latest event is Curious George: Let’s Get Curious, which opened this weekend.

“Letting curiosity and inquiry be their guides, children explore familiar buildings and locales from the “Curious George” books and television series on PBS Kids in Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! The exhibit presents key concepts in science, math, and engineering, which are woven throughout the exhibit. Activities invite children to learn like Curious George does—through direct experience and problem solving!

You can also meet Curious George in person at the Science Center. George will visit October 1, November 11, November 25, December 28, and December 29. Come take photos with him and give a big, friendly hug. Curious George can’t wait to meet your family!”

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You can also get plenty of Curious George souvenirs in the gift shop.

All the fun an excitement was a wonderful way to get kids and adults to learn science and mechanics in a hands on way, while having tons of fun- the true Liberty Science Center fashion. The kids also loved meeting Curious George himself.  The exhibit will run until Jan. 8, 2017.

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There is also the “Bodies Revealed” exhibit that older kids, parents- and really anyone will enjoy. It does cost more, so as a premium exhibition, it is available with the Premium Pass or a Combination Ticket.

“Bodies Revealed* presents real human figures and organs that reveal the wonder and beauty of the human form. The exhibition shows detailed views of human anatomy, from whole body displays to individual skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and circulatory systems. Unlike models that idealize the body through the eyes of an artist, this exhibition shows the body and its systems as they really exist, including natural variation.

The figures, skeletons, and organs in Bodies Revealed came from individuals who donated their bodies to accredited medical universities in the People’s Republic of China for the purpose of study and education. All donated bodies were examined by an anatomist and a biological anthropologist to confirm that they died of natural causes. A separate gallery respectfully displays the stages of human development in the womb. All of the embryos and fetuses died of natural causes before birth. (Viewers enter the gallery through clearly marked doors.)”

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Don’t forget to sign up for fun experiments! Staff is on hand if you or the kids need help. (And yes, the kids took turns, LOL)

There are also IMAX and Real 3D movies playing. These are also for an extra fee, but worth the price.  We saw “Beautiful Planet” in the IMAX theater, which was not only visually stunning, but also gave the audience insights as to the changes our planet is going through and why.  Hopefully, it also encourages people to make better choices to help the planet as well.


All this and more can be found at the Liberty Science Center, where science comes alive on a regular basis. Make sure you check out the ever changing schedule of IMAX movies (where where the gigantic IMAX screen makes the smallest of critters and the liveliest of robots come to life)- it’s very cool to see a movie in a giant dome.

If you would like to win a 4 pack of tickets, please just leave your name and email in the comments below. Ends Oct. 20, 2016. Thanks!

Kids Learn to Love STEM with Zyrobotics’ Zumo Smart Toy

Kids Learn to Love STEM with Zyrobotics’ Zumo Smart Toy

Technology has undoubtedly made learning more fun for kids today. One of our favorite toys-for-learning is The Zumo Smart Turtle Toy. The Zyrobotics’ Zumo Smart Toy is seriously the perfect gift for any children Pre-K through 3rd grade! It makes learning science and math easy and fun with its ability to engage and go at your child’s own pace.

Summer has finally come to a close and the “Summer Brain Drain”  – yes, this is a real thing – has set in. Children, especially young children, often forget things they learned during the school year, so going back can be a challenge. So using cool learning toys like Zyrobotics’ Zumo Learning System and its mobile technology can give your kids a leg up in the STEM subjects while making them fun and interactive.

Kids Learn to Love STEM with Zyrobotics’ Zumo Smart Toy

While Zumo Turtle might look like an everyday stuffed animal, as soon as kids touch his shell, reading, science, and math games come alive on the screen. These reading, math and science games are geared towards three through seven-year-olds but is great for any child needed a refresher course in one of the STEM subjects taught in school.

“We developed Zumo after years of research into understanding how to make learning accessible for young children,” said J. MacCalla, Ph.D., CEO of Zyrobotics, creator of the Zumo Learning System. “Zumo Turtle incorporates game-based learning techniques with physical movement to give children a fun, engaging and immersive way to embrace and enjoy STEM and other subjects. As STEM continues to gain importance, learning math and science early can provide a head start for children in school and help prepare them for future careers in STEM fields.  “With math in particular, tactile-based learning helps children more easily grasp abstract concepts,” MacCalla said.

Kids Learn to Love STEM with Zyrobotics’ Zumo Smart Toy

Now through the end of October, the STEM Zyrobotics’ Zumo Smart Toy is on sale for only $159.99 and it is regularly priced at $299.00. You are saving $139.01. Get a jump start on your Christmas shopping and save a ton at the same time.

For more information, visit www.zumolearning.com. Zyrobotics LLC, an award-winning creator of educational technologies for children, was founded in 2013 as an inclusive technology company. As a Georgia Tech spinoff company, Zyrobotics addresses the diverse needs of children by developing personalized technologies to make a difference in the lives of children between the ages of three- to 12-years old. Their mission is to enable freedom through technology by developing products that are adaptive to each child’s capabilities. Their products uniquely focus on promoting the stimulation of social, cognitive, and motor skills development in a child. For more information, visit www.zumolearning.com.

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Support School Supply Initiatives with The Clorox Company #ad

The Clorox Company Partners with DonorsChoose.org to provide $100,000 to schools in need all over the USA. DonorsChoose.org is a charity website that helps teachers get the funds they need for various classroom projects and supplies. This allows them to focus more on their students and less on where to get the much-needed supplies for their classrooms this year.

If you have school-age kids like I do, you have had the notes come home that “require” you to send in extra school supplies for the classroom that weren’t on the school supply list. Or, if you have friends who are teachers, you have more than likely heard them talk about purchasing supplies out of their own pocket to ensure that students have what they need. This doesn’t have to happen.

School supplies are an important necessity for education - Thanks to DonorsChoose organization for helping

You can help Clorox in supporting schools one shopping trip at a time. “We can all relate to the chaos of back-to-school preparations and we understand the desire to make sure our children and their teachers have everything they need for a successful start to the school year,” said Stacy Stokes, Associate Brand Director, The Clorox Company. “That’s why we are excited to partner with DonorsChoose.org – so we can help make the back to school time easier for all of us with products that keep our home and classrooms clean and healthy.

The back to school shopping frenzy is always a busy time – it is never easy. And unless you are a superhuman – you probably want to pull your hair out by the time you are done, especially if you have more than one kiddo in school. But this year you can feel good about helping others while you shop Clorox®, GLAD® and Hidden Valley® products. By simply doing the school shopping you are already doing anyway, you will be helping schools and teachers in need while checking off items from your back to school shopping list at the same time!

Through Clorox’s new receipt validation program you can help schools by shopping for back to school necessities; and earn rewards when you buy Clorox®, Hidden Valley® and Glad® products. Then choose to donate your rewards to DonorsChoose.org or redeem for money back via Paypal. With the donation, Clorox provides a “Double Your Impact” offer on DonorsChoose.org, which allows the company to match donors’ contributions dollar-for-dollar! Can you imagine the impact you will be making? It may seem small, but the teachers and students receiving these supplies don’t think so. By donating to a project with The Clorox Company match offer, donors will be doubling the impact of their donation and helping get resources to even more schools and teachers in need.

Clorox and DonorsChoose dot org provide school supplies for classrooms in need.

For every $5 spent on participating products, you will receive $1 that you can either redeem to donate to DonorsChoose.org or have it go towards future purchases. Your reward, your choice! Just snap a picture of your receipt and follow the simple instructions on CloroxForSchools.com to redeem your rewards. SO easy right? So go do it!

In addition to the DonorsChoose.org partnership, Clorox hosted pop-up shops in the communities of Chicago and Philadelphia; Clorox partnered with World Vision and Douglas Taylor Elementary to host the pop-up shop in Chicago and with the Andrew Hamilton School in Philadelphia to host the pop-up shop. At each event, essential school supplies and products from Clorox, Glad and Hidden Valley Ranch were distributed free of charge so that families and teachers could focus on having a happy and healthy school year, rather than worrying about the cost of school supplies.

For more information, visit www.Cloroxforschools.com. To donate to Clorox’s match offer projects, go to www.DonorsChoose.org and search for Match Offers.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Between 7/12/16 and 9/30/16, purchase any qualifying Clorox, Glad or Hidden Valley product(s). Then, choose to participate in the Offer or the Donation program. If you choose to participate in the Offer, your Offer will be fulfilled 10/31/16. If you choose to participate in the Donation, Clorox will donate $1 for every $5 spent to DonorsChoose.org (up to $100,000 in donations). For all details, including a list of qualifying products, see the Program Terms. For details about DonorsChoose.org, visit DonorsChoose.org.

This is a sponsored post with Back-To-School and it’s partnership between Clorox and DonorsChoose.org. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see “I Disclose“.

Teacher Rewards Kits at Walmart #TeacherRewardsKit

Disclosure- I received the below in order to facility this review. All opinions are my own and honest.


The school year is coming upon us very quickly.  As such, its time to think about how to make this year a a special one.  With the right tools for learning and the right mind set, your child will do wonders in whatever grade they are entering from Pre-K onward.  This year, show your child’s new teacher how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication with a little something for the classroom.


Long gone are the days of giving the teacher an apple.  These days, we all know teachers spend a ton out of pocket, so why not give them something they will use on a regular basis. Check out the Teachers Rewards Kit from American Scholar.  This kit includes 1,565, rewards,  60 award certificates, 300 notecards, 10 sticker pages each of 880 stickers and 240 stickers, and 75 bookmarks.  These would make great prizes for the top of the class students or as just a special surprise for a well behaved class.  What I think will really stand out in the gift are the award certificates which can be customized to each recipient for a particular achievement.  These aren’t big huge prizes, but are good to show you recognize their hard work and the effort the student has put forth in class.


This kit is perfect for teachers of any subject from multi discipline studies to physical fitness and art.  All around, this would be a great way to make a good first impression on a new teacher as well.  The best part of this kit is its cost it is at the $10 price point, so it is perfect to pick up along with other school supplies at Walmart during those back to school shopping trips.


Do You Have Your Diploma? #HatsOffToYou @FinishYourDiploma

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There are 29 million Americans in the United States who do not have their high school diploma or equivalent. And there should never be a stigma attached to anyone who did not finish high school. There are so many different reasons as to why an individual was unable to graduate – and the fact is, it doesn’t matter. Those hardworking, smart, individuals may think that their time has come and gone. We need to show them as friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers that you are never too old, it is never too late, and you do not have to do this alone!

 There are many advantages to earning a high school equivalency, from finally completing a major goal to being able to help your children with their homework. It might seem hard to finish your high school diploma, but it can make all the difference in your life and for your family. Here are four of the top reasons why finishing your diploma makes sense.

  1. Open the door to new opportunities. Given the rapid changes in technology, education is more important than ever. By completing a high school degree, you can apply for a wider variety of jobs and open the door to a college education. Year after year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more employment opportunities are possible when you have a high school degree. But perhaps more importantly, you’ll have a great feeling of confidence after successfully conquering such a big goal.
  2. Opportunity to earn more money. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that high school graduates can earn on average $8,000 more per year than those without such a degree. Over the course of a lifetime, those with a high school degree are expected to earn more than 30% more than their peers who don’t have a diploma. Best of all, practice through your local adult education center can be free to prepare for the test. Enter your ZIP code at the top of the site to get started.
  3. Help your family and your kids. Improving your own reading, math and overall academic skills can help as a parent. Research shows that reading to children at an early age can help them do better in school. If you finish your high school education, you’ll be able to help your children with their homework — from social studies to science. Earning your high school degree can also inspire your children, family members and loved ones to continue and complete their own education.
  4. Resources are available to help. There are adult education centers in your local community that can help you prepare for the GED®, HiSET® or TASCTM test. Best of all, most of them are completely free. Enter your ZIP code at the top of this site to find a program in your local community. Your local program will help prepare you for and guide you through the testing process. The path toward your high school equivalency diploma starts here.

Without a high school diploma, opportunities in today’s economy can be limited. In fact, nearly 30% of adults with household incomes at or below the federal poverty line do not have a high school credential. The AdCouncil and FinishYourDiploma.org have launched a new campaign to celebrate the adults who have finished their diploma and to inspire those who feel like they have been alone or did not know where to turn to find resources and tools for free adult education in their community.

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Since the campaign initially launched in 2010, Finish Your Diploma has helped more than 800,000 adults in all 50 states find free test-prep classes in their area.

If someone you know or love, or even if it is just a neighbor or a friend who wants to further their education and feel that gratification of earning their diploma – please, share this information with them!

Win IMAX film “Flight of the Butterflies” on Blu-ray

Shout! Factory has just released the breathtaking IMAX film Flight of the Butterflies on Blu-ray.


Flight of the Butterflies is all at once a natural history epic, compelling detective story, and scientific adventure at its best. This captivating film allows viewers to experience one of the most incredible natural phenomena on earth – the migration of hundreds of millions of Monarch butterflies.   The truly inspiring film is a favorite at theaters and science centers around the country, and will now be available on Blu-ray for home viewing. Bonus features include trailers, an image gallery, a making of featurette, and a special message from Lic. Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, President of Mexico 2006-2012.


We can’t wait to watch this movie ourselves- the photos alone are breathtaking, I’m excited to see everything in action.

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To get your kids excited to watch the film, OR if they have just watched and are excited and want to learn more about butterflies, here are some cute coloring pages and information about the life cycle of butterflies for them. When you click on the image, it will be bigger and you can print full size sheets.

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One of you can win a DVD for your family. Feel free to enter using the RC code below. Good luck! Ends Aug. 27, 2016.
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Advice for Parents Returning to Education

When you have a young family, one of your main priorities is to be able to provide for them financially. However, without a good education, it’s often impossible to progress very far in your career as many professions require a college degree or at least some formal training. Because of this, the number of parents who are returning to school is on the rise. But, as a parent you will probably be worried about the impact that returning to education will have on your family life. Along with the need to continue working through your studies in order to both fund your education and support your family, there’s also the worry that you might miss out on valuable family time due to being too busy. Thankfully, there are many alternatives available to parents.

Online Learning

When it comes to furthering your education as a parent, flexibility is one of the essential factors that you are looking for. Since family life can be hugely unpredictable, it’s especially important to make sure that you are studying a course which allows for you to be as flexible as possible with your time. Online learning offers a much greater degree of flexibility for students, making it the perfect choice for parents. With online learning, you can gain any qualification from a high school diploma right up to a doctorate in nursing practice or similar.

Studying Part Time

For many parents who already have an established career and simply want to gain further qualifications in order to further this, studying part time is a good option. Part time study allows you to continue working – for example if you’re a nurse who wants to achieve a doctor of nursing practice degree – and is more flexible than full-time working, as well as cheaper. You can also take part-time courses online, to be in full control of your own education.

Financial Factors

When returning to education as a parent, the financial side of things is often the most worrying factor. Since going to university costs thousands of dollars, many parents worry about how they are going to fund their education as well as support their family financially. In order to make sure that you don’t end up struggling for money, it’s important to fully plan out your financial future and research all of the different financial aid options available to you. If you are choosing to return to education in order to further your career, you may be able to get help with funding from your employer, for example if you’re a nurse who is planning to study for a DNP online. There are also various grants and loans available to students from a variety of different associations, as well as financial support which is targeted specifically at students who are parents.

When you have a family, you have your children to think about no matter which decisions you are making. Although going back to school is a lot more difficult when you have family responsibilities, there are many ways to make it work.