Lasagna—the King of Winter Casseroles!


By Anna Sachse Hearty lasagna reigns supreme when it comes to winter cuisine. It’s cheese-y, warm, filling, cheese-y, versatile, freezable, and did I mention cheese-y? True, it can take a little time to put together, but on the plus side you can usually dine on a single pan for days. I’ve been known to eat

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Crafty Homemade Cards, Full of Fun & Love


Never mind the chocolates, to the diamonds, say pshaw. No Valentine’s Day gift beats a handmade card from a child. Melt hearts with this surprisingly simple cut-and-paste craft project: Little fingers paste ribbons on paper willy-nilly, and then a cutout overlay pulls it all together for a sweet, polished look.          

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No Is Not a Bad Word: Tips for Respectfully Saying (and Hearing) It


By Kim DeMarchi When I was a child, I was not allowed to say no to my parents—not ever. Their parenting style was authoritarian, the old children-should-do-as-they’re-told-and-not-ask-questions approach to child-rearing. Nonetheless, I found plenty of rebellious ways to say no indirectly, especially as a preteen. (I’ll spare you the details, but it involved a lot

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The Future is Nao

Nao is a magnet for children...they start to think that being a computer scientist could be super fun. Photo courtesy of RobotLAB

Meet Nao, an adorable, talking humanoid robot that teaches everything from literacy to computer programming. Nao also happens to be the star of the Robotics Program, which is being piloted to school-age students in our Champions before- and after-school programs. “Nao is a magnet for children,” says Gretchen Yeager, director of quality and accreditation for Champions. “They are completely engaged

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