Summer Safety Tips for Kids

Summer break is almost here and this is the perfect time to review some important lessons to keep your kids safe and healthy this summer. I found some useful tips from WeAreTeachers:  8 Ways to Make Sure Your Students Stay Safe This Summer. Here are some highlights from that article that are just too important […]

A Parent’s Guide to an Educational Summer Vacation

By Joy Price Lewis, Chicago Education Consultants Richard W. Riley stated, “Parents and families are the first and most important teachers. If families teach a love of learning, it can make all the difference in the world to our children.” Hence, it is imperative that parents play an active role in their student(s) life during […]

Investment in Summer Learning Programs Can Help Stop the ‘Summer Slide’

The loss of knowledge and educational skills during the summer months is cumulative over the course of a student’s career and further widens the achievement gap between low- and upper-income students, according to a RAND Corporation study issued last week. The study confirms that students who attend summer programs can disrupt the educational loss and […]

How to Engage Your Child’s Reading and Writing Skills This Summer

Encouraging your child to actively participate in reading and writing activities during the summer months will have a great impact on their school performance when September rolls around. In the past, we have mentioned many resources to help prevent summer learning loss; here are a few: Your Local Library Reading Programs (Free of charge and […]

10 Budget Friendly Ways to Promote Summer Learning

Hurrah- Summer is here!  While many of us are excited about upcoming summer vacation plans, it is important to remember that children experience learning loss when they don’t have educational activities during the summer. The good news is there are numerous ways to promote summer learning with your child (and it does not have to […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Lock, Look, and Learn” to Keep Kids Safe in Water

Washington, D.C. – Safe Kids USA with support from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is coordinating a national public education effort to raise awareness with parents and caregivers about water safety for children and help prevent drowning and entrapment in pools and spas. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children ages […]