Excellence in Education

Passpot to Nature, Park Trek Offer Ways to Connect with Nature

Passpot to Nature, Park Trek Offer Ways to Connect with Nature

Guest blog post by Val Beerbower, Five Rivers Metro Parks Have you ever wanted to live a pirate’s life, going on adventures, while searching for treasure? Five Rivers MetroParks has some suggestions for outdoor adventure enthusiasts and treasure seekers of Dayton—without the peg legs or eye patches! Passport to Nature is a program designed for(…)

Joyful, Fun, Interesting and Not Trying So Hard

Guest blog post by Carla Brogden My last article discussed parenting the “differently thinking child.” Mine finally self-diagnosed while listening to a radio program about Asperger’s, an Autism Spectrum Disorder. “Mom! That woman is explaining exactly how I feel! I see everything as a picture.” What an eye-opening moment as her mom. Divorced and working(…)

The Iddly Widdly Fiddly WHAT?

The Iddly Widdly Fiddly WHAT?

By Darci Jordan I have found the perfect books for little boys (and maybe some little girls, too)! If you enjoy reading with your kids, you aren’t prudish about bodily functions and you enjoy hearing your little ones giggle, then “The Iddly Widdly Fiddly Poo!” (Characteristix) is the book for you! Awarded the Stinkiest Book(…)

Seven Wonders:  Book 1 – The Colossus Rises

Seven Wonders: Book 1 – The Colossus Rises

According to the author, It’s a “combustible mix of ordinary kids thrown into an extraordinary world of mystical settings, history humor, science, odd characters, and a barefoot burping giant named Torquin.”   This fast-paced tween series about four friends on an epic quest to unlock the secrets of an ancient world has already received high praise(…)

Vortex:  New Young Adult Book

Vortex: New Young Adult Book

Vortex combines time travel, romance, and an abundance of action.    Readers met Jackson Meyer in Tempest and he’s back again in Vortex as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats.   Despite his heartbreak of losing the love of his life, he has proven himself to be an excellent(…)

Parenting a Differently Thinking Student

Guest blog post by Carla Brogden When I want to write about parenting, my first thoughts include, “the hardest part of parenting a differently-thinking child is…..” or “the hardest part of parenting a college student is….” or “the hardest part of parenting a creative is…” or “The hardest part of parenting an Asperger’s person is…..”(…)