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Friday, February 17, 2012

Bored No More


Got nothing on your calendar for this weekend? Well, avoid a case of boredom, and check out these local options for some family fun {and FREE is the name of the game!}:

National Farm Machinery Show
Kentucky Exposition Center
Saturday, Feb. 18, 9am-6pm
Admission is FREE; parking is $8
National Geographic Little Explorers
Saturday, Feb. 18 10am-11am
Pottery Barn Kids- Oxmoor Mall
502.426.5775 (it’s best to call and let them know your child is coming)
Admission is FREE; for kids ages 3 and up- hands-on activities, quizzes, songs, and more as they explore and learn about birds (This month’s theme.)


Oh, by the way, your kids (ages 12 and under) can get a FREE hot chocolate from Thorntons on Saturday from 8am-noon, too!

Photo source: Aquidneck MomsTown

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Train Your Brain


Michelle Wright, center director at the Louisville-Springhurst LearningRx, shares how cognitive skills affect learning.
 
What can a parent do to help their child who is struggling with their grades?
A cognitive skills assessment at LearningRx evaluates abilities in areas such as auditory processing, visual processing, processing speed, short and long term memory, and processing speed. The results of an assessment can help determine if the grade struggle is due to cognitive skills deficits or behavioral issues. More often than not, students struggle due to cognitive skill weaknesses that are barriers to reaching potential.

Are most schools teaching our kids to be successful learners?
As a former teacher and a lifelong educator, I can say with confidence that schools are working hard to offer students the very best. The challenge lies not in the desire of educators to meet the needs of their students, but rather in the logistics to do so. Classrooms are large and individual needs vary significantly, making it nearly impossible to ensure that every student is a successful learner. Eighty percent of learning or reading difficulties among U.S. students are the direct consequence of cognitive skill weakness. Learning struggles can be overcome through individualized, one-on-one brain training at LearningRx.

What is brain training, and who can benefit from it?
First off, Brain training IS NOT tutoring. It is not content-based, but rather a system of highly targeted exercises used to change the brain’s capacity to think and learn. Studies have shown that intense brain training can increase the IQ an average of 15 points. Strengthening weak brain skills by working on attention, processing speed, memory, auditory processing, visual processing, and logic and reasoning makes learning faster and easier.
 
Typical brain training clients include struggling students, high achieving students, autism, asperger’s, ADHD, traumatic brain injuries, preschoolers, and senior adults. Nearly 50 percent of ADHD students who complete brain training are able to discontinue medication.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo and Friends Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.

They live at 123 Sesame Street, and I bet your children have been best friends with them for quite a while.  The best part is that we’re giving one lucky winner a family 4-pack of tickets to see 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends at the Brown Theatre in Louisville, KY.  Here are the show details, and you can always connect with Sesame Street Live here on facebook:

Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway
March 30- April 4
Tickets are $15.75-$29.75 // Sunny Seats $49.75 and can be purchased online here.

To enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see one of the shows, you must be a follower of our blog by clicking on “Join this Site” on the right sidebar and follow with Google Friends Connect.  Then just leave a comment here telling us that you did :)

Plus, you can gain an extra entry by following Today’s Family on Twitter. (Of course, you’ll have to leave another comment here telling us you follow us on Twitter.)

This giveaway runs through midnight on 2/21/12.

See Official Rules for details.

Update: Our winner is sheila (comment #7). Congratulations! Please email us at todaysfamilyblog@todayspublications.com within 48 hours to claim your prize.

Update on 3/1:We've added 3 more winners: Google profiles Dameon C, Angie Figg, and Brittanyann.  Please email us within 48 hours to claim your prize.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day


Today, we celebrate love… love for family and friends.  We hand out Valentines to those special people in our lives to let them know we are thinking about them.

It always feels good to get a Valentine, whether you’re 5 years old or 55 years old.  It just makes your heart feel happy!

Now go on and hand out some Valentines!
{You know you want to… wink, wink.}

Monday, February 13, 2012

Something For Your Lovey!

 

Here’s a little something all of you gals can give your hubbies tomorrow.  I created this little subway art printable with my own husband in mind, but those words are how any wife would describe the love of her life.
 
So, click here to download one for your lovey, and simply print it.  You could even pop it in an old frame.  It’s easy, free, and thoughtful, and your husband will love it!
 
Enjoy!
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