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Community
12:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Habitat for Humanity Lansing

Habitat for Humanity Lansing has helped build or renovate over 100 homes in the Lansing area over the past 26 years.
Credit Courtesy - Habitat for Humanity Lansing

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Lansing chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates affordable homes and is one of the most recognized non-profits in the world.

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Community
12:31 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Neighbors in Action: MSU's International Friendship Program

The International Friendship Program matches international students with local Lansing residents and families.
Credit Courtesy - International Friendship Program

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the International Friendship Program at Michigan State University, an organization that aims to ease the transition for international students and connect Lansing residents with the world by sponsoring cross-cultural friendships.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
10:55 am
Fri May 9, 2014

ESSAY: Former local TV personality reflects on motherhood

Mona Shand (center) and her husband Mark are the parents of 4-year-old Cecilia, 6-year-old Noah, and 2-year-old Eli.
Credit Courtesy - Mona Shand

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and when we heard about a program called "The Mommologues: Musings on Motherhood" being performed in Howell last night, we decided to invite one of the participating writers to share her work with us. Former WLNS-TV 6 reporter Mona Shand is a mother of three young children.

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Making Rough Play Safe
7:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Rough Play, Joyful Chaos

Kittie Butcher and Janet Pletcher

This is another in a series of articles for families from Michigan State University Extension.

Would you like to engage your child in a type of play that supports a broad range of physical development skills, language skills and social skills?  Try giving her a chance for rough play. 

Sometimes called rough-and-tumble play or horseplay, rough play used to be looked down on as the “bad boy” of play for young children.  But, researchers are finding that this type of very physical interaction between children can be very beneficial as well as enjoyable.

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More kitchen science!
7:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Kitchen Chemistry, Part 2

Carrie Shrier

This is the second in a series of Kitchen Chemistry articles with activities you can do with your child at home.

Plant a Seed

Supplies Required: Beans, paper towel, zippered plastic bag, water

Directions: Place damp paper towel in zippered plastic bag, add beans along the side. Zip shut and tape to a window in a sunny spot. Observe!

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Science Fun for Young Children
7:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Kitchen Chemistry, Part 1

Carrie Shrier

This is the first in a series of articles on kitchen activities for kids.

The easiest way to introduce science concepts to children is to answer their questions with “let’s find out” instead of giving them the information they are seeking. Children are naturally curious, with lots of questions about what is happening in the world around them.

Most home kitchens hold the tools to dozens of fun experiments to expand the imagination of the children in your life. Here are three fun experiments to try at home!

Vinegar Volcanoes

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Families
10:13 am
Tue August 13, 2013

The Purpose of Play

Carrie Shrier, MSU Extension

Childhood educator Maria Montessori said, “Play is a child’s work,” basing her entire philosophy about preschool education and caring for children around this concept.

In today’s world of full-day Kindergarten, and increased academic expectations for children, parents may wonder, is play still as relevant and important as it once was?

The Case for Play

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Ideas to Keep Your Child Engaged
7:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

"I Don't Have Anything to Do!"

I don’t have anything to do! 

It’s summer – and the children are home from school. After even a few days of “freedom,” moms and dads everywhere start hearing the familiar, high-pitched whine of summer. No, it’s not the 17-year cicadas. It’s our children declaiming loudly “I don’t have anything to do!”

But doesn’t it seem like your child has every toy under the sun?  Why not play with those?

There are reasons that may explain why children don’t play with the toys that are available.

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Tips for Families Dealing with Grief
4:35 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Helping Children through Grief and Loss

During times of grief and loss it is hard to understand what feelings and thoughts children may experience.  If the loss is significant it may be hard for adults to focus specifically on children because they are trying to cope with their own emotions.

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It's Math!
1:51 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Matching and Sorting!

Children learn at a WKAR Ready To Learn Workshop.

Adults “match and sort” every time we do laundry. Children start learning this process during infancy, when they begin to notice which sounds they make bring an adult running to them (sounds that aren’t so effective).

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Why Play Matters
11:24 am
Thu June 20, 2013

The Purpose of Play

Childhood educator Maria Montessori said, “Play is a child’s work,” basing her entire philosophy about preschool education and caring for children around this concept.

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