Duggar fans come unbuckled at critics of Jill Duggar on son's car seat safety concerns

Jill Duggar Dillard fans and foes are divided over possible car seat safety violations she and husband Derick Dillard have imposed on son Isaac Dillard. Derick posted a pic of the little guy zonked out in his seat, and several safety issues were noted. Fans were quick to defend the Duggar Dillard parents, but others feared for the baby's safety.     Duggar fans come unbuckled at critics of Jill Duggar on son's car seat safety concerns

Kids summer activities planners: Kids calendars, work-at-home family organizer

So kids are home from school for summer vacation and that's pretty exciting for them. But for work-at-home parents, not so much. Now work-at-home moms and dads have three months of childcare to juggle, too. Here are weekly kids calendars and family organizer to manage kids summer activities and work-at-home responsibilities. Parents who work away from home can use these kids summer activities planners to balance work and home. The family organizer only covers weekdays as kids summer activities on weekends are so variable.   Kids summer activities planners: Kids calendars, work-at-home family organizer | Examiner.com

Parents Day, Mothers Day, Fathers Day activities for kids of all ages to celebrate mom and dad | Examiner.com

 The fourth Sunday in July is National Parents Day. July 26 is Parents Day 2015. Here are activities for kids of all ages can celebrate mom and dad. Are your parents deceased? There are ideas for you, too.  Parents Day activities for kids of all ages to celebrate mom and dad | Examiner.com

Recycling tips: Home management plan to organize recycled trash, recycle bin

Recycling is an important family habit to practice on Earth Day (April 22) and all year long. Just about every bit of household waste can and should go in the recycle bin. A good Earth Day habit to aim for is 5 times more refuse in your recycle bin than garbage can. An Earth Day goal is one bag of garbage a week and the rest recycled trash. But as good as it feels to see an overflowing recycle bin, it can be messy and tedious without a home management plant for organizing recycled trash.   Recycling tips: Home management plan to organize recycled trash, recycle bin | Examiner.com

Science learning centers: Biology activities, animal habitats, taxonomy games

Learning occurs best when it's interactive, so put hands-on activities in all preschool and elementary classroom learning centers. When studying different countries, cultures in social studies or animal habitats sciences, use these hands-on activities in science learning centers. It goes without saying that all learning centers should have a bookshelf or basket of books appropriate whatever unit you're studying. DK--Dorling Kindersley makes excellent science reference books and field guides so use those in learning centers. Here are other biology materials, interactive games and hands-on activities for science learning centers.  Science learning centers: Biology activities, animal habitats, taxonomy games | Examiner.com

Preschool science in art learning centers: Dramatic play animal habitat dioramas

Just in time for Earth Month in April how about interactive preschool science lesson plans for learning centers? Here's a cross-curricular one that involves art, science and dramatic play learning centers. Dramatic play develops the preschool child's social, emotional, artistic, creative and communication skills. Dramatic play learning centers teach expression, self-awareness and confidence. Dramatic play lends itself to all content even for science learning centers. Here are homemade costumes, props and settings for preschool science within dramatic play learning centers. Children will create life-size habitat dioramas which I call bio-drama. Using recycled materials teaches real-life environmental science!   Preschool science in art learning centers: Dramatic play animal habitat dioramas | Examiner.com

Free printable social studies lessons: World history timelines, geography bee | Examiner.com

The National Geography Bee countdown is heating up. Students are working to qualify to represent their school at the National Geography Bee, reports the Crawford County Avalanche on Feb. 17. You can take the geography bee quiz online and use free printable world history timelines to prep students for the geography bee activities. What do world history timelines have to do with a geography bee? History timelines make excellent graphic organizers for social studies lessons. Social studies teachers can use timelines to complement world maps by showing not only the where, but the when. World history timelines map time as maps and globes map places. Visit National Geographic Kids for more free printable social studies lessons.   Free printable social studies lessons: World history timelines, geography bee | Examiner.com

Best Valentine's Day gifts for women, presents mom, wife, girlfriend will love

Did you put off Valentine's Day for your gal? Now at the last minute, Feb. 14, you grab chocolates and flowers. Sorry guys, thanks for the thought, but boring. Here are frugal, thoughtful Valentine gifts for women--wife, mom, girlfriend--that will delight. Use for women's birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day gifts.   Best Valentine's Day gifts for women, presents mom, wife, girlfriend will love | Examiner.com

Lenten Kitchen: Vegetarian rice recipes for weight loss, Kosher, Halal fasting | Examiner.com

 Catholic families to observe Lenten fasting during Lent and on Fridays by serving and eating vegetarian, meatless meals. Vegetarian meals work for weight loss, too. And a good starch for weight loss is rice. Rice is multi-purpose food source (heck, it must be as half the world survives on it!) But rice gets a bad rap in western cultures for its high glycemic level, starch and calorie content. But starch isn't all bad for weight loss. It fills you up and keeps you going, especially, believe it or not, non-dietary fiber starch. Rice is high in B vitamins that help brain function and slow aging. It's fat-free and has protein, too. Brown rice is generally better than white rice but jasmine and basmati rice taste the best in rice recipes.  Lenten Kitchen: Vegetarian rice recipes for weight loss, Kosher, Halal fasting | Examiner.com

Free printable valentine countdown calendars: Valentines Day activities for kids

Countdown calendars are becoming very popular to help children count down the days to special events and holidays. Here are free printable valentine countdown calendars to number the days till Valentines Day. These cute cut and paste craft works well for preschool, special needs kids, elementary classrooms, homeschool and Girl Scout troop activities for kids.  Free printable valentine countdown calendars: Valentines Day activities for kids | Examiner.com

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