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My No.1 Parenting Tip – Yes, Yes, and Yes…

As a pediatrician and mother – and all those other roles that we play in life – I spend most of my waking hours in the company of children.  They are amazing!  At times delightful, sweet and just plain funny and at other times challenging and nerve wracking.  My role entails being able to relate […]

“Good morning, this is Kristen, Director of FasTracKids and today, we are making Venezuelan homes called palafitos. They are homes built on stilts in the water. The Carmel Valley FasTracKids are busy making them today and we’re having a really good time. I will pan over so that you can see. So over here, we have […]

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“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”  – Roger Lewin What is Critical Thinking? Critical Thinking has been a hot topic in education since 1948 when Benjamin Bloom took the lead in developing “the goals of the educational process,” including knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The definition […]

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Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

If your child’s preschool years are coming to an end, your thoughts are probably turning toward kindergarten.  But is your child ready to move on to the “big” school?  What skills do kindergarten teachers expect their new students to have?  To help answer those questions (and ease your mind), I have asked highly regarded kindergarten […]

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Fighting Flu Season: How to Protect Your Family from the Influenza Virus With the arrival of flu season, many parents will be watching their children closely for symptoms of this dreaded virus.  The flu, also known as influenza, is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs).  The virus spreads […]

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Carmel Valley Students Take Part in “Whatever It Takes” Pitch Session WIT, or Whatever It Takes, provides a college-level course for high school students where they learn entrepreneurship and leadership skills while designing, launching and growing social-impact projects.  Students earn college units through UCSD.  As part of the program the students have to go through […]

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Millions of readers around the world joined together on October 3rd to celebrate Jumpstart’s Read for the Record by reading Otis and supporting Jumpstart’s mission to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.  The annual event was a huge success for readers everywhere, with fun new ways to celebrate this year like […]

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Recently, I updated the bulletin board at my office with the message: “Stand here and think of something you are grateful for!”  I casually left a pen hanging from a string and went on with life. After a couple of days, much to my delight, there were several messages left behind!  A couple messages were from […]

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STEAM2 Academy Explores Carmel Mtn Preserve’s Vegetation, Wildlife, & Vernal Pools On Saturday, November 30th, the STEAM2 Academy will host an Outdoor Science Education Class at the Ocean Air Recreation Center in Carmel Valley.  The class is aimed at ages four through nine.  Students will learn how to use a simple pH sensor and datalogger […]

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“Embrace-A-Family” Making the Holiday Season a Little Brighter Making the holiday season a little brighter.  Each year through the Embrace-a-Family Program, individuals, families, and groups in the community help ensure families in need have a joyous holiday celebration.  Many Embrace -a-Family recipients would not have Hanukkah or Christmas celebrations without this program. How the program […]

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To My Fellow Mothers

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If you’re a Mom this message is for you.  It has been circulated many times before in various ways, but it is worth repeating. So here it is – In this moment, I’m asking you to take a step back and think about all the negative self-talk that goes through your head each day.  Consciously […]

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 FasTracKids Collaboration with Dr. Shah, Assistant Professor at UCSD Two weeks ago FasTracKids Carmel Valley/Del Mar hosted Dr. Sameer Shah, Assistant Professor at UCSD.  FasTracKids is an interactive child-centered preschool program designed to provide students from diverse backgrounds the skills and confidence required to succeed. Technology is strongly integrated into our classroom activities, and our emphasis […]

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