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    Making Field Trips Possible Despite Budget Cuts



    Education budgets are being cut nationwide, forcing schools across the country to eliminate valuable programs such as field trips. According to a recent report by the American Association of School Administrators, 11 percent of schools nationwide reported eliminating field trips in 2008-2009. This number grew to 24 percent in 2009-2010 and topped a staggering 51 percent for the 2010-2011 school year.


    Many experts agree that field trips can be an integral part of a child's education, giving students real-life experience to supplement abstract classroom lessons-and parents and caregivers play an important role in creat ... Continue reading Making Field Trips Possible Despite Budget Cuts.


    Tips for Simplifying Back-to-School



    From Wanda Urbanska, Simple Living expert and author of The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life


    • Commit to a successful school year. Sit down with each child and discuss the upcoming school year. Identify each child's favorite activities or memories from past school years and what they count as their greatest accomplishments, as well as their least favorite things about school and the things that cause the greatest difficulty. Write down goals for the upcoming school year.


    • Establish a routine. Pay attention to the choreography of daily life - getting kids in the habi ... Continue reading Tips for Simplifying Back-to-School.