3 Reading Activities for Kids

Parents who love to read may not know how to inspire kids who are reluctant to take up this pursuit. If you do not read often, you may be even less sure how to promote your child’s interest in reading books. Reading games encourage young readers to build literacy and comprehension skills while having fun. Work with your child to set meaningful rewards for reaching goals, and be sure to check for comprehension along the way.

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Challenge Yourself: Math Activities for Summer

The summer is a time of sunshine, relaxation, and no classes. While kids tend to love this last part, parents are a little more skeptical, and rightfully so. Summer setback is a well-recorded issue that affects a lot of young people. This can be especially significant for math because it is much harder to work into the summer break than topics like reading or history. Here are a few fun math activities for the summer.

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Smooth Transition to School

After an entertaining and memorable summer vacation, it can be difficult for kids to transition back to school, both in the classroom and at home. You do not have to resign yourself to battling with your kids the first week of school, however. With some small changes and preparation a couple of weeks before, you can set your whole family up for successful school readiness. Read more

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4 Summer Learning Activities for Kids

The end of the school year is likely an exciting time for your children. They finally have time to enjoy the outdoors and get a break from classes. Unfortunately, that break can significantly set them back in their learning. According to the Brookings Institution, researchers have identified that during the summer, students may be losing as much as 25-30 percent of what they learn.

Summer learning activities can help to mitigate this summer setback. There is no need to run your own classes for your children during the summer. However, a few educational activities can go a long way.

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3 Signs You Need a Tutor

There is nothing more frustrating than watching your child struggle in school. Enrolling them in a center for learning can lead to improvement, but how do you know when to take this step? Watch out for these three signs that your son or daughter needs a tutor.

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5 Summertime Safety Tips

When school lets out for the summer, your kids will be more than ready to let loose and have some fun. Whether staying home or heading to summer camp, make sure your son or daughter knows how to stay safe in the hot sunshine. These five summer tips for health can ensure your kids’ good time is not spoiled.

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How a Summer Camp Can Benefit Your Child

As the school year winds down, you may start wondering, “Are there summer camps near me? How can my child benefit from attending?” The answer to the first question is almost certainly “yes”; the American Camp Association maintains a database containing well over 3,500 camps nationwide. It is probably safe to say that every state in the nation, whether large or small, urban or rural, has summer camp programs available.

When it comes to choosing a camp, there are many factors that can impact your decision, including the distance from your home, the camp’s duration, and whether the camp is overnight or day camp. Summer day camps provide all the fun and activities of overnight camps while providing peace of mind for children and parents alike by allowing campers to return home at the end of the day to spend time with family.

Regardless of whether you decide to send your child to overnight camp or day camp this summer, the experience offers them physical, educational, and social advantages.

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How Playing Chess Helps Improve Kids' Thinking Skills

There are many activities that you can do with your children or encourage them to participate in outside the classroom that help to improve their analytical thinking skills. One of these activities is playing chess. The game of chess has been associated with intelligence and thinkers for most of its 1,500-year history since it first originated in India, but chess kids do not have to be geniuses to get something out of the game. Studies have shown that playing chess not only helps kids to develop critical thinking skills but also teaches valuable life lessons. In fact, the benefits of chess to kids are so pronounced that some schools are even incorporating it into the curriculum.

When teaching your child to play chess, it is important to start slowly and not expect too much, too soon. You can begin teaching your child about the different pieces and how they move when your child is as young as five, but do not expect them to figure out how to win chess for several more years.

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