I credit my parents with teaching me one of life’s greatest lessons: that it’s the quality of time spent together, the interaction and enthusiasm for whatever you’re doing, that makes for magical memories. My parents, by keeping things simple, made ordinary things special and extraordinary activities just that-more extraordinary. They didn’t lavish us with the latest in fashion, toys and stuff, although we had sufficient. Instead, they lavished us with family time.
What first comes to mind when you think of going to the grocery store… with your kids? CHAOS! Right? You may leave there with a headache and about ten additional items you originally had no intentions in purchasing, but trust us, parents; your perseverance is paying off and benefiting your children!
Black History Month originated in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson. It started as just a week of remembrance on the second week of February which was chosen because it marked the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass, two Americans who greatly influenced the lives of African Americans.
Research has shown that participating in art, music, movement and storytelling helps to develop language, mathematics, science and social skills as well as strengthen the synapses between brain cells. At birth, a child has the brain potential to learn any language, learn and appreciate music and movement, and to create visual art. In order to reach full potential, these skills must be encouraged and developed before the age of eight.
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