Simple Ways to Protect the Earth

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What's not to love about spring? The sun warms and brightens our days for a few extra hours, and kids get to explore outside a little longer each day, too. And on Sunday, April 22, Earth Day will help to mark the season of showers and flowers! Here are some great ways to encourage your child to respect our planet and help protect it.

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April is Autism Awareness Month

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With care, services and support, children with autism and other developmental disabilities can overcome many challenges and thrive! This Autism Awareness Month, take a moment to read some simple steps that parents of young children can take to be sure autism is identified early, giving all children the chance for success.

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Books for Young Poets

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Celebrate National Poetry Month this April with a lyrical selection of readings for kids ages 0 to 9. You’ll find classic Mother Goose, alphabet poems in both Spanish and English, an ode to Harlem — and even a rhyming dog.

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Coffee Filter Earth Day Art

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Earth Day is right around the corner! Here is a quick and easy project that your kids all ages will enjoy. It's very easy and chances are you have everything you need in your supply closet.

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Rethinking How Students With Dyslexia Are Taught To Read

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Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in this country. But it is widely misunderstood, and schools often do a poor job of helping students learn to read.

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The Book of Trees: Arbor & Earth Day Activity

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As you and your kids take part in Earth Day and Arbor Day festivities in your community, here’s a hands-on activity that will get your little ones up close and personal with the trees in their own backyard and throughout their neighborhood.

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Forget Wealth And Neighborhood. The Racial Income Gap Persists

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A study finds that the gap is actually largest in America's wealthiest neighborhoods, challenging widely-held beliefs about the relative impacts of class and race on life outcomes.

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Transgender Teachers: In Their Own Voices

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We asked transgender educators around the country to share a selfie, and tell us what they wish others knew about them. Many say they play vital roles in creating safe spaces for the next generation.

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Is It Time To Bring Risk Back Into Our Kids' Playgrounds?

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Are playgrounds in the U.S. too sterile and risk-averse to help our kids thrive? Anthropologist Barbara J. King considers play and child development in evolutionary perspective.

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Recycled Plastic Bottle Flowers

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April showers bring... flowers all year long?!? You can make your garden bloom all year long with these fun and vibrant recycled plastic bottle flowers!

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Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way?

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We asked teachers, professors, a psychiatrist and a technologist for their thoughts, and we heard a range of opinions on one of the most "weirdly divisive" issues in education.

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Advice For Student Activists: It's A Marathon, Not A Sprint

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Youth activism in America has a long and complicated history. As students flood streets around the country, two activists offer advice to those marching.

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Poll: Most U.S. Teachers Want Gun Control, Not Guns To Carry

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A Gallup poll finds teachers support measures like background checks for gun buyers, but little enthusiasm for bearing arms.

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PHOTOS: Students Make Their Stand At D.C.'s 'March For Our Lives'

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For many students, Saturday was their first demonstration for a cause. They bundled in the U.S. capital, delivering a defiant message: stricter gun regulation. NPR photographers captured the scene.

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Pinecone Bird Feeder

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Birds eat many different types of foods- from insects to berries to seeds and nuts- and all birds have their favorite! Come along with Nature Cat and build a Pinecone Bird feeder for our feathery friends.

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