Roll Up Your Sleeves This Spring Break!

Roll Up Your Sleeves This Spring Break!

For many of us, Spring Break is right around the corner.  Who wants to place bets on how long it’ll take to hear the first, “I’m bored!” (Or is that a feeling this tech generation has never experienced?!)  I can’t help but suggest rolling up your sleeves and cooking with the kids.

Kids' Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Kids' Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Every year adults grapple with what types of holiday gifts to get for the children they love. If you're looking for ideas on gifts that will entertain and engage, while developing multiple intelligences, you're in luck! Below are some great suggestions for kids of all ages.

Beyond Books: There's More to Your Library Card

Beyond Books: There's More to Your Library Card

 Happy September!  We’ve just about made it through the summer, and cooler weather beckons a book and a lounge chair by the pool!  If you’re looking for a new great read, you’re in luck; it’s Library Card Sign-Up Month!  

TEACHING KIDS TO LOVE SCIENCE

TEACHING KIDS TO LOVE SCIENCE

I am a scientist and have spent the better part of my adult life working in a laboratory. When people ask about what that actually means, I usually tell them it’s probably what you imagine—white lab coats, strong smells, things that bubble and change color on the bench top, little cells moving around under a microscope.

ENCOURAGING KIDS TO MAKE THE 'PERFECT' SNACK

ENCOURAGING KIDS TO MAKE THE 'PERFECT' SNACK

For the majority of my teaching career, I taught science at a private school and was lucky enough to have some flexibility with my curriculum. Exercising that flexibility, I weaved together eighth grade standards on measurement, graphing, and the scientific method into a unit on health.

MANAGING SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS

The school year is over, finally! Long lazy days, kids sleeping in, and thoughts of escaping the heat fill the minds of every parent. Then WHAM! Reality sets in; your child has summer assignments to complete. Oh, the torture! You ask yourself, “Why do we have to do this?” and “How am I going to get my child to complete them?” Well, we have some answers for you.

PREPARING FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

PREPARING FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

It is hard to believe that summer is already coming to a close. Those fun, summer days are almost over! Each new school year brings anticipation and hope, but your child may not be showing much enthusiasm about the first day of school. Here are some tips to get your child excited and organized for the big, first day back!

SUMMER SCIENCE FUN

Are you wondering how you can sharpen your child’s science skills in a fun way this summer? All aspects of the scientific method can easily be incorporated into your outdoor activities. Whether it’s making observations of how a certain animal behaves, forming a question about the visible stars in the sky, or examining how different objects move, there’s definitely at least one fun way to incorporate science into your child’s summer schedule.