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Stephanie Murray

Stephanie Murray

Stephanie Murray (Ed.D. candidate) is an education consultant, professor, mom of two lively girls and owner of Creativity in Learning Partners, an education firm with a mission of creating authentic learning experiences. She previously held positions at WNET, New York Public Media where she created award-winning curriculum for PBS KIDS properties, the Newark Museum of Art and was chair of the New York City Early Learning Network. She is a certified teacher and aims to bridge the gap between home and school learning for all children.

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Easy Tips and Tricks to Add a Little Math to Six Nostalgic Kids Games

It’s time to get nostalgic! Retro games like Simon says, hopscotch, musical chairs and more are back, just with a few math makeovers to sneak some math learning into playtime.
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Abracadabra! Find the Magic of Math with These Simple Mathematical Tricks

When we make early math concepts simple and fun, kids feel empowered to continue to learn — and that truly is magical! Here are some easy-to-learn illusions that will infuse math with the enchantment of magic.
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Crack the Code: Low-Tech Ways to Get Kids Started with Coding

What is coding anyway? And how can caregivers and educators boost coding skills at home and in the classroom without fancy equipment? It might sound complex, but it's just writing instructions for computers to do; and getting started can be as easy as making a good old peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
A small child looks up and reaches her hands up at a tall tree

Seven Citizen Science Projects for Southern California Families

Participating in community science shows your children that one small action can contribute to a larger impact, and by working together we can discover more about our shared community. And it can be as easy as going on a walk and taking pictures!
A child plays with a tangram made out of a cereal box.

Five Out-of-the-Box Math Activities You Can Do with Cereal Boxes

Kids love chowing down on cereal, leaving many households swimming in empty cereal boxes. But there’s no need for those boxes to head to the recycling pile immediately! Try repurposing them to use in these five easy activities that also help boost math skills.
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Connecting Children to Nature and Wildlife from Home

It may feel like it's difficult for kids to engage with the natural world sometimes, but we don't always have to leave home to get our brains outside! Here are some fun ways you can help kids connect to wildlife, from going on an indoor safari, to hanging out with apes virtually and even fostering advocacy by making a supplies drive for local shelters.
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High Fives and Other Fun Activities to Celebrate the Women in Our Lives

Whether grandmothers, aunts, babysitters, teachers, step-moms, health care workers, coaches, or others, our children have a network of women in their life who provide support, guidance and set examples. Here are some fun ways to honor them.
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How Much is Too Much? Making the Most of Kids’ Screen Time

As families stay at home, we are engaging with screen time for education, recreation and communicating with faraway family and friends. And if you are like me, you are wondering — how much is too much?
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Six Places to Find Free E-Books to Make the Most of Screen Time

When you find yourself turning to your device to entertain your little one, use one of the tools below to transform screen time into an enriching e-book storytime — for free.
A mother and child read together

No Time to Read Before Bed? Have Storytime Lunch Instead!

Reading a story together during lunchtime is just one way to take a few minutes throughout the day to get kids reading, but there are many other ways to make reading even more fun at any time. Here are just a few of them.
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