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Archives for June 2016


Make Summer Learning Fun for Tweens

by Michele June 30th, 2016| School, Tweens
As a parent of a tween, you may fondly recall the younger years when your child was excited to learn. Whether it was counting the stairs as you headed to bed or searching for a certain color in a grocery aisle, your little one was proud to show her knowledge.

Learning Over the Summer

by Joe Lawrence June 29th, 2016| Elementary, School
“No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks” were the Alice Cooper lyrics I sang as I crossed the threshold from my classroom to the freedom that awaited. Then summer was time for us to dump all that we learned throughout the year. I think this is

Summer Day Trips That Educate

by Tania Cowling June 28th, 2016| Preschool, School
During the summer preschoolers love to accompany their parents, grandparents, or sitters on errands. Think about all the teachable moments that accompany a trip to the bank, veterinarian, grocery store, and such. Everyday places provide entertainment and learning. Then, on weekends you and your family may go on an extended

Take a Summer Learning Walk With Your Child

by Tania Cowling June 27th, 2016| Development, Infants/Toddlers
Add some mystery to the next walk you take with your toddler. Your little detective will have fun discovering colors and shapes in nature.

A day before your walk, talk about color families. Put out crayons from a box of 24 to 48 colors and let your child pick a crayon.

Teen’s Perspective on Water Safety

by Sam P. June 24th, 2016| Seasonal, Teens
I love swimming.  During the hot summer months nothing is more refreshing than a swim.  But swimming can be dangerous, as well.  Most people know how to swim, and if you don't, you can learn, but there are a few things that should not be mixed with water.  Alcohol and

Tweens: Safety with Water

by Michele June 23rd, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
Summer is upon us, which for many means it's swimming season. Whether you have access to a pool (in your yard or elsewhere) or make regular trips to the beach or lake, it's important to review water safety rules with your tween. Of course, as an all-knowing tween, your child

Play Safe This Summer in the Water

by Tania Cowling June 22nd, 2016| Elementary, Safety
These days everywhere you turn there is some body of water – whether it’s a pool, beach, or lake. Drowning is a major cause of death in children, especially during the summer months. Does your child know how to swim? This should be on the top of your parenting “to-do”

4 Swimming Pool Safety Tips for Preschoolers

by Joe Lawrence June 21st, 2016| Preschool, Seasonal
Summer is finally here and so is the heat. This is our chance to enjoy some sunshine and get the kids out of the house for some summer fun. Typically, this involves a swimming pool so our preschoolers can cool off and burn lots of energy. However, there are some

How to Get Started Swimming With Your Baby

by Tania Cowling June 20th, 2016| Infants/Toddlers, Seasonal
Getting your baby into a pool is one of the smartest things a parent can do. It’s never too early to teach swimming, keeping safety in mind of course. Most of my tips below are about taking your little one into a full-size pool with you, but do keep in

Gardening: What’s In It for Teens

by Jane Wangersky June 17th, 2016| Seasonal, Teens
It’s not really fair, but when you mention teens and gardening, people are likely to think of a mini-grow op. Or, if they’ve been following the news, they may think of teens getting high on garden seeds. (Yes, some seeds, like the all too appropriately named Sleepy Grass and

Tweens & Gardening: Do They Mix?

by Michele June 16th, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
If you've been reading the articles this week, you've seen that the theme is gardening. As I contemplated gardening and the tween age group, I did wonder, Do they mix?

I apologize for my ambivalence, but my answer is maybe. It really depends on two things. First, it depends on your

Benefits of Elementary-Aged Kids in the Garden

by Joe Lawrence June 15th, 2016| Elementary, Seasonal
Elementary-aged children are extremely curious little creatures. Curious about everything except new foods and apparently vegetables. There is a very easy way for parents to get kids excited about vegetables and trying new foods all keeping them busy: gardening.

We are fortunate that our daughter is willing to at least try
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