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  • Outrageous antics of animal athletes teach young readers to count

    Outrageous antics of animal athletes teach young readers to count

    321 GoLearn to count alongside a series of outrageous antics from animal athletes

    One trophy to win, two whistle blows, three hurdles. . . . With fresh, eye- popping illustrations, children will learn to count by following the antics of athletic animals in this charming picture book.

    The playful illustrations capture the motion and exuberance of the animal athletics as young readers sprint through the book to twenty and back again to win the cup, encountering along the way a bear weightlifting, fast felines, hippos in leotards, and fencing zebras.

     

    About the Author:

    Virginie Morgand studied animated filmmaking in Nantes. She works in Paris as an illustrator and children’s book author. Clients include Barneys, New York; The New York Times; and Elle Magazine among others.

    • Age Range: 5 – 6 years
    • Grade Level: Preschool – 1
    • Hardcover: 48 pages
    • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (May 22, 2018)
  • Answer to Student Debt? Education Startup Makes It Free to Obtain College Credit

    Answer to Student Debt? Education Startup Makes It Free to Obtain College Credit

    debt-1376061_640Student debt has reached levels of epic proportions in the United States. At more than $1.3 trillion, it surpasses both automotive and credit card debt; placing a crushing burden on those seeking to further their education and improve their lives. Now, OnlineDegree.com is providing a much-needed answer to the student debt crisis by helping students receive college credit for free.

    On a mission to make higher education more affordable and accessible to everyone, OnlineDegree.com teamed-up with leading academics and professors to deliver online college-level courses that could receive free college credit at participating universities throughout the United States. Students can register at any time and take as many courses as they wish.  Courses are completely free and there are no fees or textbooks to purchase. In addition, class registration takes less than a minute, as OnlineDegree.com does not require applications, entrance exams or essays.

    “Rather than making marginal progress in higher education’s quality, we need to be making radical progress on its accessibility,” says Grant Aldrich, President and Founder of OnlineDegree.com. “We’re devoted to helping the millions of Americans seeking a college education who are unable to take the first step, and at OnlineDegree.com, they could potentially complete up to their freshman year of college tuition free.”

    At OnlineDegree.com, students can take a variety of courses to learn about Psychology, Computer Programming, History, Marketing, Robotics, and many more, all online and at their own pace. OnlineDegree.com has worked with a number of participating accredited universities where transfer credit can be awarded for successful completion of the courses. OnlineDegree.com’s courses have also earned a recommendation for credit from the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) who’s recommendations are considered by over 1400 universities and colleges in the United States. This provides students with a simple process to begin their education, and gives them a multitude of options to potentially receive free college credit nationwide – without quitting their job or changing their existing schedule. With student debt at an all-time high, this could result in substantial savings in tuition and fees, and significantly reduce time needed to complete a degree program.

    Ashworth College, a 30-year-old accredited institution offering more than 125 online career certificate and degree programs, is one of the participating institutions that provides students pathways to completing their entire freshman year via free courses at OnlineDegree.com. “We’re very excited to partner with OnlineDegree.com to provide greater access to flexible, affordable and highly-relevant education,” says Rob Klapper, President of Ashworth College. “Our partnership helps continue the vision of providing high quality education to students without saddling them with debt.”

    Southern New Hampshire University, a regionally accredited university with an 85-year history of providing high quality education to students online and on campus, is also participating with OnlineDegree.com.

    “We’re continually working with top professors to expand our educational offerings and to partner with the best institutions in the country,” says Aldrich. “By removing barriers and focusing on world-class education, we’re making our mission of affordable higher education a reality.”

    About OnlineDegree.com
    OnlineDegree.com is taking a stand against crushing levels of student debt. We’re trying to help everyone go to college, while saving time and money in the process. We’ve created a simple and easy-to-use environment where anyone can take our free online courses at their own pace and within the confines of their existing busy schedule. Completed courses could then receive college credits at universities across the country. Explore our free courses to begin learning today at www.onlinedegree.com.

  • Summer Skin Cancer Awareness

    Summer Skin Cancer Awareness

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    As Summer Approaches, Best Ways to Protect Children from Extreme Sun Exposure

    As the summer season approaches, pediatric skin cancer scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are alerting parents of genetic research showing that sun damage contributes to melanoma in children and adolescents as well as adults.  The research underscores the need for precautionary measures necessary to avoid extreme sun exposure for children, including the implementation of routine prevention measures.

    Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the Solid Tumor Division at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, says there are important things for parents to keep in mind this summer, including simple and effective tips to best protect children from the harmful effects of the sun.

    “Don’t assume children cannot get skin cancer because of their age.  Unlike other cancers, the conventional melanoma that we see mostly in adolescents behaves the same as it does in adults.   And although rare, melanoma is the most common type of skin cancer in younger patients and affects mostly teenagers,” said Dr. Pappo.  “Children are not immune from extreme sun damage and parents should start sun protection early and make it a habit for life.”

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a leader in pediatric melanoma research and treatment.  Each year, St. Jude provides treatment and second opinions for patients with pediatric melanoma around the country and beyond.  Each year, the St. Jude Pediatric and Adolescent Melanoma Referral Clinic brings patients and families to St. Jude for two days of expert consultation, as well as medical examinations by leading specialists, educational seminars and an introduction to melanoma-related resources.

    Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer because it often spreads to other parts of the body. Melanoma gets its name from melanocytes—skin cells that produce a pigment called melanin, which gives skin its color.  Other facts about melanoma, include:

    • About 76,700 new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year.
    • About 7 percent of cancers in children 15 to 19 years of age are melanomas. Melanoma is most common in people of Caucasian descent, occurring five times more often than in Hispanics and 20 times more often than in African Americans.
    • Childhood melanoma may not fit into the same routine diagnosis symptoms as adults, instead parents should look for the following:
      • A mole that changes, grows or doesn’t go away
      • An odd-shaped or large mole
      • A pale-colored or red bump
      • A mole or bump that itches or bleeds

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. St. Jude is ranked the No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital by U.S. News & World Report. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. To learn more, visit stjude.org or follow St. Jude on social media at @stjuderesearch.

  • TIPS TO ENHANCE YOUR HOME SECURITY

    TIPS TO ENHANCE YOUR HOME SECURITY

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    Burglary incidents occur any time of the day, not necessarily at night as most people think. In fact, daytime break-ins are just as rampant as nighttime security breaches. It is therefore important to secure your home at all times.

    You should continually test the security features of your home for functionality. Sometimes, alarm systems and security cameras malfunction and fail and you don’t this to happen on the day or night there is a security incident at your home.

    Also, always seek to enhance the security of home as burglars too are always looking for ways to steal without getting detected or triggering your security system.

    The following tips will help you improve your home security.

    Verify your visitors

    Know the character of the people you invite into your home. Not everyone you invite into your home will have good intentions.

    Verify your service providers and limit the access strangers have to your house. Do not let them go into room they do not have to access. Vet your visitors to keep your home safe from burglars.

    If you have a stranger visiting, host them in the living room and do not allow them to take a tour of the whole house until you are sure they can be trusted. Even then restrict, their access to sensitive areas like your master bedroom where you keep your valuables.

    Lock your house

    Secure your doors and windows with steel grills. More importantly, watch wear you buy your locks. Buy your locks from reputable stores since burglars can usually get master keys from unscrupulous dealers.

    It also important to Read The Reviews when buying door bells and padlocks to know what their possible drawbacks could be and find ways to make up for them. The padlocks you use should be pickproof and strong to resist any break-in attempts.

    Let a security expert survey your home

    An expert is better placed to give an honest assessment of how secure your home is and give recommendations to enhance your security.

    The police or a security company will survey your home and advise on possible measures to put in place to any detect security breaches before burglars even break into your house and make your home secure.

    Hide your valuables

    Keeping your valuables like jewelry and electronics in plain sight will attract unwitting attention from burglars.

    If possible, secure your valuables in a lockable safe and hide away the key.

    Know your neighbors

    Neighborhoods in which people know each other report fewer security incidents because people are able to spot strangers and monitor any suspicious activity.

    You are also able to contact your neighbors for help when you are under an attack if you are in their good books and have their contacts.

    Light your home

    Install security lights around your home for easy visibility and as a deterrence to burglars who often take advantage of darkness to hide.

    If your neighborhood isn’t well lit, talk your local council or neighbors about installing additional street and security lights to illuminate possible hiding spots for criminals.

  • 5 Ways to Create a Positive Home Environment for Your Children

    5 Ways to Create a Positive Home Environment for Your Children

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    There is a growing body of evidence that authenticates the necessity of raising children in a positive home environment, but there are many parents who don’t realize exactly what this means. While we may feel like we are doing the right thing, there are times when we are operating under multigenerational family habits, which are hard to break. You remember your parents doing this, and so you do it with good intentions. After all, you turned out okay, didn’t you? Perhaps you did, and perhaps not.

    1. What Went Wrong?
    Do you ever feel as though you are not up to tasks you are given at work or find yourself feeling terrified of the prospect of failing? If so, chances are you were not raised in a positive home environment that encouraged you to become all that you can be. It may sound like a commercial for the U.S. Army, but in reality, every child deserves a right to do and be all that they can. Don’t make the same mistakes so many parents before you made. You really can learn to create a positive (and healthy!) home environment in which your kids can thrive.

    2. Take Time to Spend Time with Your Kids
    While you are trying your best to put food on the table, keep the house clean and organized and do all the things a parent should do, sometimes, you let those duties overtake what is really important to your children. A healthy, positive home environment should always be one in which you take time out to spend with the kids. Do something that is fun. Teach them a craft. Tell a joke now and then and when life is getting you down and you can’t think of anything to say, check out some funny picture quotes about life to share with your older kids.

    3. Model Good Behavior
    Some adults simply re-enact the behaviors of their parents and their parents before them. If you find yourself falling into some of the same traps as you noticed your parents being snared by, step back and look at what good behavior is in a parent. Instead of condemning your child for failing a math or science test, ask them what went wrong. It could be something you can help with, but also teach them how to fail graciously. Kids need to learn at a very young age that you win some and you lose some, so don’t expect perfection. This can quickly backfire on everyone involved!

    4. Learning from Failure
    Although you are doing your best to model good behavior, sometimes, failing can lead to a tremendous learning experience. Teach your kids that failing is an opportunity to grow. You can’t beat yourself over the head for making mistakes and it is okay to cry over spilled milk. However, it’s also important to pick yourself up and evaluate what went wrong. Some kids grow into adults with huge issues if they continue, even in adulthood, to seek perfection for fear of what their parents will think of them.

    5. In the End – Give Them Unconditional Love
    No, you can’t enable your children to do and say what they want in the name of unconditional love, but you can teach them that you will always be there for them. Find that balance between unconditional love and enabling. Let your kids learn from mistakes (and they will make more than a few!) but give them strength and encouragement to seek their own solutions. If they are not made to feel lacking in some way and that mom and dad will love them no matter what, chances are you will raise emotionally healthy adults.

    A positive parent can be disappointed in their children without making them feel like failures. In the end, seek ways to foster a positive approach to life. You are, after all, their role model, so please be a living testimony they need to flourish.

  • Four Tips for Maintaining Your Physical Appearance after Having a Baby

    Four Tips for Maintaining Your Physical Appearance after Having a Baby

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    Maintaining your physical appearance after having a baby can be challenging. After all, you’ve housed a growing child in your body for almost a year. Your body experienced a wide range of changes. It’s almost as if a zombie came in and took over your body. It can be both exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. When you have a child, it’s easy for the child to consume your life. However, it’s so important to remember yourself in the process. Consider these four tips to help you ease into a new flow of physical beauty within motherhood.

    1. Makeup
    Makeup is a great option to accessorize your look. If you wear necklaces, the baby might try to chew on them and break them. To create a look that’s both polished and pretty, find a great under-eye concealer. The concealer will cover up those dark under-eye circles. Add a lovely shade of lipstick in a bright color. A quick coat of dramatic mascara will help and you’ll be good to go. That process doesn’t take more than five minutes and will do wonders for helping you look alert and fresh.

    2. Jeans & Leggings
    Jeans are classic pants and they’re easy to accessorize. Choose stretchy jeans so that you can feel comfortable to move and keep up with your baby. If you’re going to the opening game for the Giants, it’s good to have a comfortable pair of jeans you can always rely on. Wear it with your favorite jersey and baseball hat for a full look. You can even make sure the baby matches with a fun SF Giants hats and jerseys in their size. Leggings are life-savers for many moms. Find leggings in different materials to add some flair. Leather leggings are jazzy and easy to add to a fun blouse and a pair of boots in the wintertime.

    3. Flats
    Don’t just opt for the orthopedic shoes. Look online for cute flats that have tons of support. This way, you’ll support your body well and you’ll be cute at the same time. If you have a love for boots and sneakers, consider purchasing insoles that you can add. This will increase your level of comfortability. You’ll be able to walk around with the baby and feel comfortable at the same time. It’s so essential to honor the need for comfort. Treat your body kind in this way. If the shoes seem like a larger investment, don’t hesitate to make it. Your body will thank you in the long run.

    4. Dresses
    Dresses are easy to slip on and off. Get a few dresses in classic colors like black, forest green and navy blue. Then, add a few dresses that have loads of patterns, cuts and trendy flair.