VTech Parentinghttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/VTech Parentingen-usMon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Prepping for the Holidays :: Declutter Stacey Heneveldhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{FE24B3F9-7BA0-482C-9C38-D528C6AB4A92}The holidays are in full swing and I’m sure you’re starting to see gifts pile up under the tree or in your “super secret present hiding place”. Then you begin to wonder, “Where on earth are we going to put all these new toys/books/clothes?” Sound familiar? Despite how busy life can be right now, December is actually a great time to declutter and donate to make way for the new! Whether you’re looking to “declutter” the whole house or just tackle the toybox, here are 3 great reasons to declutter STEM + Art = STEAMCarla C. Johnsonhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{279909C9-2D12-47A1-88B7-C974153AB22A}You might have noticed that STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics has received a lot more attention in the U.S. over the past few years. This is in response to the need to improve educational experiences for children to make them more reflective of the world in which we live. Businesses and industries have found that the workforce coming out of high school and college do not have the problem solving, communication, creativity, and critical thinking skills they need to be successful. These skills are needed for success in STEM disciplines, but also in arts, social studies, and other content areas. That’s why many schools are taking a STEAM approach (the ‘A’ is for the arts) to learning. STEAM brings the content areas together in meaningful ways, similar to how children will encounter the various disciplines in their everyday life. STEAM learning experiences harness children’s natural curiosity and provide children opportunities to develop understandings about the world around them and ensure they are better prepared for success. Spook-tacular Family Fun This HalloweenStacey Heneveldhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{2ED1ED00-9BEF-4494-BFEE-7FB11E2F9966}We love Halloween at our house. It’s filled with a lot of spooky-fun family time and each of us has our favorite Halloween tradition. Here are 4 ways to maximize your time together as a family during Halloween: