Prevent Summer Learning Loss with Summer Bridge Activities™ Series

Hats off to everyone for making the 2010/2011 school year a great one! Now lets help our kids retain what they have learned! Here is something you may have not known: “Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the [...]

Children’s Music – Why Go Home

My wife has a cheesy ring tone on her phone. Do you know that LMFAO song “I’m Sexy and I Know It?” Terrible…and catchy! The other day the phone rang and the addictive chorus began to play (“I workout!”). As I looked up, I saw our one-year-old daughter begin to bop around to the beat. [...]

Outdoor Play for Children – Rockin’ Out

“Nature should be considered a critical variable in the design of all childhood habitats, including homes, childcare centers, schools, places of worship, and neighborhoods…” -Robin Moore, Natural Learning Initiative, North Carolina State University I will always remember how intently my children tried to get outside as babies. They would crawl to the front door, pound [...]

Preschool Outdoor Play – Get Active

Summer and outdoor learning does not always involve paper and pencils. It involves movement! Physical activity is an important part of regular family life. Studies have shown that lifestyles learned as children are much more likely to stay with a person into adulthood. If sports and physical activities are a family priority, they will provide [...]

Push Bikes for Toddlers – Go Nora!

I am the oldest of three boys. The first born son on my father’s side of the family. The Golden Boy – the world revolved around me… As more and more children and grandchildren arrived, the number of photos, the amount of effort in first birthday parties, the super parenting in general, declined. It is [...]

Children jigsaw puzzles – A study of Jillian

Do you remember doing jigsaw puzzles as a child? I was born in the 1970s and raised in the 80s, so Super Mario Bros. and MTV certainly had my attention. But I also remember the fun, challenge, and pride experienced from doing unplugged activities. Puzzles, paper mâché, playing cards… I have rediscovered this simple joy [...]

Playing the Goodnight Moon Game with my daughter

My two obnoxious sons were away with grandma, the baby was asleep, and mom was off doing mom stuff. This gave me the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with my 2-1/2 year old daughter Jillian. We took the Goodnight Moon matching and memory game out of the closet and got busy! The Goodnight Moon game [...]

A Few Things You Should Know About Common Core Standards

Previously, every state has worked from its own set of academic standards, meaning public education students in each state are learning to different levels. The Common Core standards have been designed so that all students are prepared to compete with not only their American peers in the next state, but also with students globally. Change is not easy and many teachers are lamenting yet another shift in the standards movement. But in many ways the Common Core State Standards are perfect for the 21st Century educator.

Learning Games for Kids – Part 6

We promised to share the best learning games for kids this holiday season.  We’ve selected over 100 of the best games, gadgets, and toys that will keep your children engaged and learning long after the excitement of the holidays has passed.  And remember, every product in our holiday gift guide ships free!  Right there from your easy [...]

Learning Games for Kids – Part 5

We promised to share the best learning games for kids this holiday season.  We’ve selected over 100 of the best games, gadgets, and toys that will keep your children engaged and learning long after the excitement of the holidays has passed.  And remember, every product in our holiday gift guide ships free!  Right there from your easy [...]