Most of us would agree that our world needs more problem solvers, but how do we create them? The answer is STEAM activities.  What are STEAM activities?  STEAM activities, which include science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, provide children with hands-on opportunities to learn problem-solving...
A parent is a child’s first teacher – and the Science Center of Iowa (SCI)’s early childhood programs provide opportunities for children to explore science topics and for parents/caregivers to feel more confident being a STEM coach for their...
Do your kids love to get messy and create art projects? Research indicates that young children learn best using the vehicle of play-based learning. Many people contend that play-based learning has no rhyme or reason, but this simply is not...
The Goddard School® of Waukee incorporates gardening into its daily curriculum for students twelve months through six years. We truly value the beauty of the gardening process as we guide children in planning, planting, watering, weeding, and maintaining different types...
Bergman Academy is an independent school with intentionally small class sizes (maximum of 16 learners per class). It is located in the heart of historic Greenwood Park at the former Science Center of Iowa. A Bergman Academy education lasts far...
One night after dinner my husband and I handed our smartphones to our kids (ages 8 and 10) and told them to call 9-1-1. They looked at us for a minute to see if we were serious, and I said,...
teacher appreciation

To My Child’s Teacher

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Dear Teachers, I appreciate you. You often go unthanked. So, today let me express to you how much you mean to me. When my children wake up grumpy because I let them stay up too late the night before, I get...
Who has the newest iPhone? Or Galaxy? Or whichever brand floats your boat? How many of you have kids who also have the latest and greatest electronic devices? I’m hesitant to write this post, because I am afraid fellow parents who...
At Bergman Academy in Des Moines, you matter. As children walk through Bergman’s doors each morning, they hear their name several times, as teachers, school leaders, parents, mentors, and fellow students greet them warmly. They experience the joy that...
Dyslexia is more than mixing up b’s and d’s or reading or writing a word backward. Though these are often signs of dyslexia, dyslexia is so much more. Do you feel like your child is struggling, but you don’t know why?...

In + Around Des Moines

Guide to Des Moines Farmers Markets in 2020

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Farmers markets are a summer favorite for many families. The local produce, fresh flowers, Iowa-raised meat, handmade goods and crafts, and fresh baked goods...