Since all local schools, have been closed until mid-April (or later) many of you are scrambling to take up the temporary role of "homeschool teacher". Have you seen the funny memes on social media about the new widespread homeschool life?...
Looking for early education and preschool options for your child? Des Moines Moms Blog's Preschool and Early Childhood Education guide will help you find the right school for your family.
Should you read nursery rhymes with your babies? Toddlers? Preschoolers? The overwhelming evidence suggests a big, resounding YES! But aren't they old and outdated? Before you jump to conclusions about reading centuries-old poetry, hear me out. I recently read an article about...
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...

In + Around Des Moines

Taste of Summer in Des Moines :: Local Discounts + a...

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Celebrate the taste of summer in Des Moines and support local businesses! Summer and life, in general, look a little different this year, but before...