Hilltown Families

Calling all budding botanists... Smith College's Lyman Conservatory has an audio tour for kids & adults! With ten different indoor exhibits to explore, the learning possibilities offered by the conservatory are...

Online Resources to Support East Asian Studies Creating lessons and finding materials to support students’ learning can be easy if you’re working on a popular topic, like the Revolutionary War or...

Asian Studies Supplemented in the Pioneer Valley Exhibit, Educator Workshop, Guided Tours, Performance Art & Free Family Day Educational opportunities are numerous over the next few months for those interested in...

Sophia Flips the Classroom with New Social Education Platform Are there topics that you want your kids to learn that haven’t yet been (or aren’t) covered in their school’s curriculum?  Are...

Organize a StoryWalk this autumn in your community! The Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield has over 20 StoryWalks for patrons to borrow for free! StoryWalks are great way to promote literacy...

Food Bank of Western MA Offers Food Resources for Families During Summer Months Working with more than 350 member agencies that make up the emergency food network in our region, The...

Seven Community Coalitions Supporting and Serving Families in Western MA Communities that Care Coalition brings together youth, parents, schools, community agencies, and local governments to promote the health and well-being of...

Wanted: Museum Curators Design Your Own Virtual Exhibit for The Clark What goes into designing a museum exhibition?  How do the curators come up with an idea or theme, and how...

Educational Web Sites for Kids Today, I’ll point out some great educational web sites for kids. At our home, we attempt to balance educational and “just for fun” web sites with...

TRUCE Action Guides: Toys, Media & Children It’s Black Friday and many parents have holiday gift buying on their minds.  The discussion of holiday buying looms large in our community, with...

Youth Against Hunger (YAH!) Curriculum for Teaching About Hunger The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts provides food and resources for people all over the region, and involvement with the organization is...

Hilltown Social Services writes: The Gateway National Honor Society will again be working with Hilltown Social Services to help families with lower incomes by providing holiday gifts for children, newborns up...

Student Tours at Hancock Shaker Village Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield is a fantastic resource for learning about local history and Shaker culture, and the village even offers educational group tours!...

Remarkable Women of the Pioneer Valley A Pioneer Valley History Network Resource Most Western MA kids probably know that Theodore Seuss Geisel is from Springfield and that Norman Rockwell lived in...

Common Sense Media Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators Common Sense Media has developed a Cyberbullying Toolkit for educators!  The curriculum is adaptable for all ages, elementary through high school, and can be...

Make sure your children’s back to school supplies are safe & PVC free! The Center For Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) has created a Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies allowing...

100 Links (Spring/Summer 2011) Nearly every day we add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

100 Links (Winter/Spring 2011) Nearly every day we add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

100 Links (Fall 2010/Winter 2011) Nearly every day we add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your...

100 Links (Summer/Fall 2010) Nearly every day we add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

Pass It On Last year my son, Ivan, was in dire need of a special stroller for kids with low muscle tone. He was using a mainstream stroller at the time,...

Free Access to National Parks Summer is a time for exploring, and what better day trip than to explore a national park right here in Massachusetts? It’s local, it’s educational, and...

100 Links (Spring/Summer 2010) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Heather Richardson writes: Anyone know where I can donate toys? My boys just have too many and I’d like to pass them on to someone who could use...

Summer Resources for Children with Special Needs Summer is just around the corner and you’re probably looking forward to getting outside with your family. Kids are all about the summer activities:...

100 Links (February 2010/March 2010) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your...

Amy Najimy of Western Mass writes: The kids and I found this cool website from the San Diego Zoo. They have webcams and several informative and interesting videos to watch about...

Joy Lamberton of Boston, MA writes: My husband is a PhD candidate @Harvard SEAS and he sent this to me after years of joking that as the kids started to learn...

100 Links (December 2009/January 2010) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your...