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AM Inspiration: Add Your Bedtime Reading to the RIF Read for Change Challenge

The National Day of Service is coming up on September 11th. There's still enough time for you to log the hours you read to your child, bringing the Reading Is Fundamental Read for Change challenge to 3 million hours. The campaign is meant to raise awareness about the importance of early literacy ...

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Tags: Children, Conservation, Dr seuss, Forest, Literacy, Phillipines
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Become a Citizen Scientist: Join the Firefly Watch

Last night I was walking in my neighborhood in the cool evening, just as the air was thickening with darkness and the greenery was shifting towards black. Then I saw what for me is summer incarnate. I saw a firefly. Whether living in the mountains, where the lightning bugs descended in droves eve...

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Tags: Activity, Children, Green, Insect, Kids, Outdoors, Outside, Poetry, Science, Wildlife
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Cheap Green Adventures: Go On a Plant Safari

The Washington Post had an article this weekend about "Name That Plant," suggesting that gardeners test their knowledge about the environment by trying to name the plants they encounter in backyards or beyond. It reminded me of something I read, a memoir by a novelist who recounted spending time...

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Tags: Activity, Botany, Children, Environment, Family, Fun, Game, Plant, Vegetation
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The Story of Stuff: Catching On With Kids

The New York Times reports on "The Story of Stuff" and its critique of consumption--both are getting a (mostly) enthusiastic reception from kids and teachers. While it's not surprising that there isn't much about consumption within the standard curriculum, one of the teachers' statements stood ou...

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Tags: Children, Education, Kids, Parents, School, Stuff, Video
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WIC: Bringing Local Foods to WIC Customers in Los Angeles

The Ethicurean reports on a new WIC Local Foods Line which launched in Los Angeles County. Like other government subsidy programs, WIC, (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) supplements the diets of low-income women, infants and children at the expense of s...

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Tags: Benefits, Children, Governmnent, Policy
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Speaking Up About the Downside of Fast Food

Fast food's charm lies in its predictability. Fast food restaurants now dot the nation's landscapes, turning the view in most areas into a predictable stretch of plastic: signs, architecture, and food. It would seem as though fast food has conquered us all, from roadsides to tastebuds. Is there a...

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Tags: Advertising, Children, Fast food, Heatlh, Kids, Nutrtion, Partner, Petition
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Animated, Virtual Trash

A recent post, The Game Theory of Green Parenting, was an attempt to answer the question, "is it possible to attract kids’ attention from Gummi Worms to vermicomposting?” In other words, how can green issues be imparted to kids in a fun way? Check out this video made for a school project about t...

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Tags: Children, Communication, Education, Fun, Kids, School, Waste
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The Game Theory of Green Parenting

A post from yesterday asked, "is it possible to attract kids’ attention from Gummi Worms to vermicomposting?" The question was in the context of a discussion about the use of DIsney animated characters in a campaign to teach kids good eating habits. I got to thinking that maybe my statement that ...

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Tags: Children, Education, Fun, Games, Kids, Teaching
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Tom Vilsack and the Avatar of Healthy Eating

Read the hilarious--and mostly spot-on--post in Civil Eats today: Lying, Smoking, Drinking, Big Ag: Why The Disney-USDA Partnership For “Healthy Eating” Is A Dangerous Alliance. (I say mostly because there's an image of the President that I can't quite wrap my mind around). And this “policy” als...

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Tags: Children, Cravings, Food, Imagination, Kids, Marketing, School
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The Economy and Homeless Kids: Donate Old Toys to Help

Did the State of the Union speech last night make you think even more about our precarious economy? Consider that the economic crisis is causing a rising wave of homelessness among children. These vulnerable kids need something to hold on to. As I posted earlier this week, there may be a way to h...

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Tags: Charity, Children, Giving, Homelessness, Kids, Stuffed animals., Toys
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