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A mom and teacher, Swanson has taught art to students in all grade levels. In her free time, she enjoys painting, baking, crafting and writing.
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Make Melted Plastic Bead Ornaments
Making melted bead ornaments is a short, simple and fun craft that provides awe-inducing results that both kids and adults will love
Art Lesson: Principles of Design Collage
An exciting lesson that teaches the Principles of Design, through a non-objective paper collage that allows independent discovery and an open-ended product.
Art Lesson: Embossed Metal Mirrors
Freshen up your metal tooling projects with this unique sculpture lesson that makes even elementary artwork look advanced.
Drawing Lesson: Musical Line Artworks
An energetic, educational, cross-disciplinary drawing lesson that brings music and movement into the art room.
Drawing Lesson: Pencil-Shaded Presidential Portraits
A drawing lesson that ties in math and measurements, social studies and American history, value and shading, and almost always guarantees surprising, successful results.
Sculpture Lesson: Paper Mache Bowls with Tissue Paper
A fun, hands-on sculpture project that can be adapted to any grade or ability level.
15 Free Things to Do in Ocean City, Maryland
Vacationing in Ocean City, MD need not cost an arm and a leg. Here are 15 free ways to enjoy your beach vacation.
10 Art Lessons that Integrate Music
Looking for ways to integrate music into art? Here are ten, creative music-themed art projects.
Top 35 Songs About Sisters
The best songs about sisters, perfect for dedications, celebrations, slideshows and memorials.
Top 30 Songs About Brothers
Songs about brothers - perfect for slideshows, memorial services, radio dedications and more.
Top 40 Songs About Grandparents
The best songs to celebrate, honor or memorialize Grandma and Grandpa.
Top 30 Patriotic Songs About America
Patriotic songs about America to enhance any parade, barbecue, military-themed event, U.S history presentation, memorial, religious service, or American holiday.
Top 35 Songs About Moms
Whether your style is country, classic, religious, hip hop, or pop, these top 35 songs about moms have all your musical bases covered.
How to Overcome Post-Holiday Letdown in the Classroom
There are a number of ways classroom teachers can beat the post-holiday blues and get students excited about the second half of the school year.
12 Crafty Ways to Use Leftover Gift Bags
There are some resourceful, creative and crafty ways to use leftover gift bags that doesn’t involve throwing or giving them away.
8 Fun Christmas Tree Crafts for Preschoolers
There are millions of fun, creative ways preschoolers can have fun exploring arts and crafts this holiday season. Here are eight Christmas tree crafts to keep their little hands busy.
8 homemade crafts for the holidays
Eight ideas for one-of-a-kind homemade holiday crafts that will surely become keepsakes in the years to come.
10 Fun Things to Do in Art Class Before Christmas Break
Art teachers can reinforce art concepts while enjoying the holiday excitement by planning fun holiday activities the week before Christmas break.
Fostering Creativity in Young Athletes
Fostering creativity in young athletes is easy when you design fun projects and assignments around their one favorite thing - sports!
10 Hands-On Leaf Crafts and Activities for Kids
Getting kids outdoors and exposing them to nature helps them learn about all the beauty fall has to offer. Here are 10 hands-on leaf crafts and activities for kids.
Art Teachers: 10 Ways to Get Student Artwork into the Community
There’s no better way for art teachers to motivate their students than to take art out of the classroom and bring it into the community. Here are 10 ways to get your students’ artwork featured outside of school.
Help Your Kids Balance Sports and School
Juggling sports with school can be difficult for both kids and their parents. Learn how to balance these two important endeavors.
10 Ways to Observe Veteran’s Day in Art Class
How you can acknowledge the significance of Veteran's Day with art classes of all levels.
5 Homemade Angry Birds Party Games
Ideas for DIY, inexpensive party games perfect for an Angry Birds birthday party.
10 Pumpkin Arts and Crafts Ideas for Kids
10 ideas for pumpkin-themed arts and crafts for kids of all ages.
Digital Photography Lessons for High School Classes
Nine creative, yet challenging, ideas for digital photography lessons and projects for high school classes.
How to Make an Easy Kid's Angry Birds Costume
Make an easy sandwich-board-style Angry Birds costume for kids
The 10 Best Lesson Plan Websites for Art Teachers
Need ideas for art lessons? Here are the ten best, most informative online resources for art teachers today.
Make a Homemade Wooden Train Table
Make a homemade wooden train table (or board) perfect for your little train enthusiast, for a small fraction of the retail price.
How to Ease Your Child’s Back-to-School Fears
If, instead of excitement, your child is anxious and nervous about the coming school year, here are some ways to help ease your child’s back to school fears.
DIY Fire Truck Decorations for Kids Rooms
Got a fire truck lover in your family? Here are 9 ideas for DIY decorations to make your kid’s room the envy of any firefighter.
Back-to-School Breakfasts to Make Now and Store for Later
Stock your freezer with these tasty breakfast foods and come fall, your back to school routine will be less chaotic and much more delicious.
Make a summer “bucket list” keepsake box
Entertain your brood this summer by creating both a way to come up with boredom-busting activities, and a way to save those unforgettable memories.
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10 Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate “American Artist Appreciation Month” in August
August is “American Artist Appreciation Month.” Here are 10 creative, kid-friendly ways to celebrate this artsy month with projects and trips.
10 Tips to Successfully Teaching on a Cart
Teaching on a cart doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Use these ten tips to learn how to successfully teach in a less than ideal situation.
10 Creative “Back to School” Bulletin Board Ideas
Mental block? Here are ten creative ideas for “back to school” bulletin boards. Start planning early!
5 kids' crafts for national ice cream month
July is National Ice Cream Month. Here are five crafty ways your kids can celebrate their sweet tooth, no tooth-brushing required.
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How to Make Patriotic Abstract Paintings
Don’t get crafty this Fourth of July - get artistic! Use these classic, kid-friendly watercolor techniques to create perfectly patriotic abstract paintings.
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How to Make a Paper-Mache Uncle Sam Hat
How to make a homemade Uncle Sam hat - perfect for the Fourth of July or Halloween - using materials already around your house.
Waterparks on the Cheap: 9 Ways to Pay Less for Family Fun
Think a waterpark getaway is out of your price range? Think again.
Planning a Summer Family Staycation
Five tips to planning a successful family staycation.
What Prince William Should Wish For
Prince William turns 30 on June 21. We asked contributors to send along birthday wishes, goals and suggestions -- in 30 words or less.
10 Ways Teachers Can Be Productive During Summer Break
Get a head start on planning, so the next school year will start off worry and hassle-free.
Top 30 Songs About Dads
Top 30 songs about dads, perfect for slideshow background music, funerals, wedding dances, Father's Day, birthdays and more.
5 Ways Our Family Survives on a Small Budget
How budgeting has helped our family recover financially after a major job loss three years ago.
I Survived Two Very Different Bouts of Post-Partum Depression
My experience with two different bouts of post-partum depression.
6 Crafts to Celebrate National Strawberry Month
Celebrate National Strawberry Month with these six fun crafts you and your kids can enjoy.
Rainy day craft for kids: Make big, colorful beads with salt dough
A kid-friendly way to make custom jewelry beads using salt dough.
Make a Unique Flower Relief Sculpture
Immortalize your favorite flower with this fun sculpture project.
Are Schools to Blame for Out-of-Control Prom Spending?
Who’s to blame for the extravagant costs of prom?
Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandma (Made by Kids)
Five ideas for handmade Mother’s Day gifts that Grandma will love and the kids can help make.
Unique DIY Portable Children’s Growth Charts
Skip the traditional marks on the wall with these super unique (and portable) DIY kid’s growth charts.
First Person: I Met My Husband on Yahoo!
How Yahoo! brought my husband and I together almost ten years ago.
Free and Reduced School Lunch Program Raises Plenty of Questions
The free and reduced school lunch program is raising eyebrows, and plenty of questions.
Should Teachers Have to Audition for Their Jobs?
There is a growing trend in making teachers audition during the interview process: is this right?
First Person: 5 Grocery Coupons I Always Use
The grocery items I never pay full price for, ever.
Make Easter egg earrings from polymer clay
Making your own jewelry from polymer clay is easy, fun, and a great way to make customized jewelry just the way you want. Here’s how to make cute, colorful earrings for Easter.
How I Use the Internet to Pay My Family’s Grocery Bill
After losing my job, I decided to make my own opportunities online. Now, I'm able to pay my monthly grocery bill just by using the internet.
Surviving Spring Fever in the Classroom
Spring fever can be frustrating for teachers and students alike. Here are five tips to surviving spring fever, and making your classroom exciting during those last few months of the school year.
Make a Colorful Paper Easter Egg Banner
Create an easy paper Easter egg banner, a fun spring craft for you and the kids to bring color and cheer into your home.
Potato Print Your Own Easter Cards
Start a new tradition with your kids this Easter by potato printing your own Easter cards.
First Person: How the Recession Made Me a Better Mom
A mother of two explains how losing her job during the recession has made her a better parent.
Print your own shamrock shirt for St. Patrick’s Day
How to print your own custom shamrock shirts for St. Patrick’s Day, using a simple screen printing process.
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Spring craft: Paint chip flowers
Try this spring craft with your kids, as a bright and cheery way to bring color and flowers into your home after a dull winter.
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N.C. School's 'Packed Lunch Police' Takes Away Parent’s Rights
One school district has gone too far by policing the home-packed lunches students bring to school, sometimes forcing kids to eat the cafeteria food their parents were trying to avoid.
Create Easy, Car-Themed Kids Wall Art
Creating your own car-themed wall art is easy, fun, allows you to get your kids involved, and is so much better than commercial décor because you can personalize! And did we mention it’s free?
‘How I Met Your Mother’ Finally Redeemed With ‘The Drunk Train’
How 'How I Met Your Mother' finally hit the mark with 'The Drunk Train.'
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Physical Education Disappearing in Schools Across US
Physical education is being kicked out of public schools across the country, but does it have more to do with budget cuts or disrespect?
Making a Handmade Doll from Fabric Scraps
Handmade dolls can be an outlet for creativity, a way to indulge your girly side, and a means to use up your piles of fabric scraps.
Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant for Sensitive Skin: Perfect for Busy Moms Battling the Morning Rush
Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant for Sensitive Skin is perfect for busy moms on-the-go, who are always battling the morning rush.
5 Ways ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Has Lost Its Magic in Season 7
Season 7 of “How I Met Your Mother” is alienating it’s fan base. Here’s why.
Is President Obama for or Against Teachers Unions?
President Obama’s education remarks in his State of the Union address left his personal stance on teachers unions up for debate.
21 Ways to Motivate Students in Art Class: A Guide for Teachers
Are your students bored and apathetic in art class? Learn these 21 ways to boost student participation and interest.
Study Suggests Math Homework May Be Pointless
A new study suggests that more math homework may be contributing to lower student test scores.
Turn Your Recycled Christmas Cards into Valentine’s Day Cards
How to turn old Christmas cards into new Valentine’s Day cards, a perfect mix of recycling and creativity.
How to Make Woven Paper Heart Placemats for Valentine’s Day
A fun, colorful way to brighten up your dinner table this Valentine’s Day - a perfect craft for kids!
The Easiest, Cheapest Way to Get Your Kids to Watch Less TV
The number one way to get your kids to watch less TV, and how it’s helped our family immensely.
Alabama Crossed Line by Banning Teacher Gifts
Alabama's recent ethics law wreaked confusion and anxiety for teachers and parents this past holiday season, due to a ban on teacher gifts.
Teacher: Why I Refuse to Send My Children to Public School
How one teacher became disenchanted with public schools, and now refuses to send her children there.
25 Creative Ways to Use Wrapping Paper Scraps
Got an excess of too-small or mismatched wrapping paper you’ve saved from the trash? Here are 20 fun and creative crafty ways to use those paper remnants.
‘Three gift rule‘: How we’re teaching our kids a lot more about Christmas
How we keep our sanity each Christmas season, and teach our kids our values, by limiting the number of gifts we give.
Where did all the classic Christmas songs go?
If you're looking for classic, meaningful Christmas music - mainstream holiday radio stations are not the place to go.
Shocking California School Bus Cuts Step in Right Direction
California Governor Jerry Brown plans to cut all state funds for local school bus transportation starting Jan. 1, 2012. But is there an upside?
6 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues in Art Class
January can be a drag after the exciting months of holidays you’ve just passed. Here are six ways to make art class exciting again, and beat the post-holiday blues.
Elementary School Recess Disappearing, Transforming
Some schools are removing recess - as we've come to know it - from their curriculum, and replacing it with a new way of filling students' 'free time.'
How to make melted crayon wax ornaments
Relive your childhood days with this nostalgic Christmas craft.
How to Make Hot Glue Snowflakes (and Other Ornaments)
Talk about a non-traditional material! Create fun winter decorations or Christmas ornaments using hot glue, and a few other odds and ends.
Create a Christmas garland from recycled cardboard tubes
Creating a colorful, artsy Christmas garland was never this easy (or cheap)! Learn how in three easy steps.
20 Ways to Know You’re a Crazy 'How I Met Your Mother' Fan
The top ways to find out if you're a casual viewer, or a crazy, obsessed superfan.
Are Students Hurt by Low-Paid Teachers?
A U.S. Department of Education study reveals that low-income schools pay their teachers less. Does this hurt the students?
5 easy snowflake crafts for toddlers
5 fun craft ideas for easy snowflake projects that toddlers or young preschoolers can help make.
Create an easy, colorful winter tree collage
Winter decorations shouldn't be boring and white! Create brightly colored winter tree artwork to display in your home in four easy steps.
Create Unique Holiday Decorations with Relief Sculpture
Try something new this year! Here are three artsy ways to sculpt unique Christmas or winter decorations.
‘How I Met Your Mother’: Is Barney the Father of Robin’s Baby?
Is Barney the father, or Kevin, or even Ted?
The 10 Best Gags on 'How I Met Your Mother'
The top ten funniest recurring comedy bits on TV's "How I Met Your Mother."
Teacher: Too Many Loopholes in Merit Pay for Teachers
A teacher explains why merit pay for teachers is a potential logistical nightmare.
‘How I Met Your Mother’: The Best and Worst of the ‘Tick, Tick, Tick’ Episode
From Goatee Guy to the infamous hookup, it's our list of the best and worst of HIMYM's "Tick, Tick, Tick" episode.
Celebrating St. Lucia Day the non-traditional way
The total mishaps and alternatives our family took when attempting to celebrate St. Lucia Day for the first time.
10 Educational Art Lessons About Thanksgiving
10 ideas for Thanksgiving art lessons that actually teach something (we’re not talking hand turkeys here!).
Are Kindergarteners Ready to Learn Personal Finance?
Education Secretary Arne Duncan stated that students as young as kindergarteners should begin learning about personal finance. But are they ready?
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