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Newschool Nomads



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I am planning on adding some books (children's and for moms) as well as some activities to do with your kids. In the meantime, try sitting your little one in front of the computer and go to www.starfall.com. A couple of friends told me about this site and it is great. One friend said her twins learned to read from it! It's a great source to have your child learn letters and phonics.

Books- There are so many great children's books out there and I have several that I am going to share with you. There are also some for moms too that I have come across for light reading.

Activities- Things to do with your kids when you are feeling lazy or want to do something inspirational such as gardening, camping, etc. Alpha Mom is another great site full of ideas to do with your family.
Parenting lists all of the current toy recalls. Take a look in case you have something that may be harmful to your child.
More recalls listed on a variety of items.

Catholic Charities are helping working families who have missed their first utility payment. Visit the website to see how they can help you.

Difficulty meeting your gas bill? Nicor now provides financial assistance to its low income customers. It's called LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) and depending on your household income and size, you may qualify. Visit: http://www.nicor.com/en_us/residential/financial_assistance/liheap.htm

City-data.com
This is a helpful website that I have used when I was relocating to find out the local schools, hospitals, and crime statistics in my area. The most valuable piece is the list of sex offenders per zip code. As a parent, unfortunately, we need to keep tabs on that.

2011 tax credit for child care expenses. Complete Form 2441 if your child attended preschool in 2008. You may be eligible for a deduction.