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August 2014
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New School Year, New Standards: A Primer on the Transition to Common Core

August 1, 2014 • 2014, August 2014, Big Kids, Cover Story, Education & Learning, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

The 2014-15 school year is marking something momentous. This fall kicks off the first year that California schools will officially be implementing the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Sure, you’ve heard of it. And, yes, you’ve also heard the reviews are mixed. But what is it, and how will it affect you and your kids? [&hellip...

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STEAM, STEM, MESA… What? : Decoding the New Learning Acronyms

August 1, 2014 • 2014, August 2014, Big Kids, Education & Learning, Teens and Pre-Teens, UncategorizedComments (0)

DECODING THE NEW LEARNING ACRONYMS I got my first cell phone when I turned 17. A junior in high school, I was a part of the first generation of students to have their phones banned in classrooms and on campus – before iMessaging, Angry Birds, and Snapchat...

Education Directory

August 1, 2014 • 2014, August 2014, Directories, Education & LearningComments (0)

Looking for just the right educational home for your child? We’re here to help. Here are some of Orange County’s finest – plus plenty of excellent options to explore – for every grade.   Fairmont Private Schools and Fairmont Preparatory Academy...

Once More Leaving the Beach: Plan Like an English Teacher

August 1, 2014 • 2014, August 2014, Expert Advice, Money MattersComments (0)

Summer is over: children are weeping in their classrooms, teachers are tacking up new bulletin boards, and moms are dancing in their kitchens. Forget about the crystal ball on Broadway: for families with children, this is the real start of the new year. Every...

What is a College Degree Really Worth?

August 1, 2014 • 2014, August 2014, Big Kids, Education & Learning, Expert Advice, Money Matters, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

Is higher education really the prerequisite for success?  Do you need a college degree to succeed? That assumption is long-entrenched, and it isn’t hard to see a relationship between education and earning power. Yet the cost and debt linked to getting a...

Wheat & Sons: A New Butcher Shop Offers a Fresh Look at Dinner

August 1, 2014 • 2014, August 2014, Community, Food, People & ProfilesComments (0)

The sight of a whole slaughtered pig is not necessarily a comfortable one. When the first half of a carcass is hanging from the ceiling and the second half of it is laid across a giant wooden cutting surface in a post-mortem holding pattern as the butcher...

5 Tips to Keep Your Baby Safe in the Sun

August 1, 2014 • 2014, August 2014, Babies, Expert Advice, Sports, Health & Fitness, UncategorizedComments (0)

By Moms Orange County Decades ago, a vintage Coppertone ad featured a toddler girl and her dog frolicking on the beach, tanning in the summer sun. Today we know that sun exposure can be dangerous for anyone, and babies and young children are especially...

If Your Teenager…

August 1, 2014 • 2014, August 2014, Education & Learning, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

If your teenager is dreading the arrival of the 2014-2015 school year, here’s some reassurance that, in fact, everything will be just fine. As the sweltering heat arrives at its peak in Southern California, so arrives the back-to-school madness. It slowly...