Summer Math Activities for Kids

math activities and games for kids

I hope you've downloaded my free summer learning printables -- Brain Camp -- and seen the math options from which your kid can choose. If not, here's the link. Today, I want to make sure you have all the resources you'll need to help your kids in elementary (primary) school with these fun summer math activities. Summer Math Activities for Kids 1. … [Read more...]

STEM Summer Camps and Classes

STEM Summer Camps and Classes

Avoiding the summer learning loss can be challenging but Sylvan Learning's Sylvan Edge is excited to announce a solution! They're offering new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) summer camps and classes. To register or get more information, go here.   STEM Summer Camps and Classes Robotics for Kids Camp and Class (Grades 2 - 6) Build and animate … [Read more...]

Summer Writing Ideas for Kids

summer writing ideas for kids

If you've downloaded my free Summer Brain Camp printables, you'll see the page of choices for summer writing ideas. Today I want to make sure you have the links for these fun summer writing activities. Hopefully, these ideas will motivate your kids to write this summer --or anytime. For me, writing has been a gift. It's a way to express my feelings, and more importantly, … [Read more...]

Getting My Parenting Groove Back (and helping my daughter)

parenting books and coaching

Recently I've been feeling defeated with parenting one of my daughters. This daughter experiences intense feelings which often spill over into our family and can overwhelm me. Because of the age of my kids (10 and 13) and sensitivity to their feelings, I'm not going to share too many personal stories but I do want to share what's helped ME shift my parenting first of all, as … [Read more...]

Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers

summer picture book list

A reader asked me to make a summer reading list of picture books for pre-readers that included good variety, from lesser known authors, were well-written and highly recommended. I loved the challenge. I hope you and your kids like the list! :) (Scroll down to see all three categories of picture books.) Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers The Book with No … [Read more...]

10 Fascinating Nonfiction Books for Kids

nonfiction picture books for kids

Do you read nonfiction books with your kids? We gravitate toward fiction so I have to intentionally give my kids nonfiction books to read, some of which we read together. Which is what I figure you're doing, too. So here are new nonfiction books for kids I think you'll love! How do I get my kids to read nonfiction? I often pick out a nonfiction book to read tidbits from. … [Read more...]

Scholastic Summer Reading

Scholastic Summer Reading

Scholastic Summer Reading This year, 2015, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge will let kids unlock new stories written by their favorite authors. Each author started with the same opening sentence: “I glanced over my shoulder to make sure that no one had followed me into the shadowy library, then took a deep breath and opened the glowing book…” Doesn't that sound … [Read more...]

Captivating Beginning Chapter Books (Spring 2015)

early chapter books for beginning readers

Last week I hit the mother load of NEW easy chapter books at the library -- and loved almost all of them. (Since I prefer to be positive, I don't post about books I've read and disliked. If you're ever wondering about a book, just email me.) These are all excellent beginning chapter books, I think your kids will love them! And, even better, they are all series!! Beginning … [Read more...]

Virtual Field Trip to the Coral Reefs of Palau

virtual field trip with the Nature Conservatory to the Coral Reefs of Palau

Take a classroom field trip to the coral reefs of Palau in the Pacific Ocean with your students on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. ET. It's a virtual trip for grade 3-8 classrooms to understand the diverse ecosystem of Palau’s Coral Reefs and the symbiotic relationships between its many organisms, plus what endangers it and how people can help protect it. The goal is to … [Read more...]

Summer Printable for Kids

Brain Camp summer learning for kids

Download this amazing free summer printable for kids that will guide them in reading, writing, and math learning. (And prevent the summer slide & summer learning loss!) Summer Printable for Kids Stick the printables into a 3-ring binder or just staple the packet. (I like the binder because then I can add math worksheets and handwriting worksheets.) I added colorful … [Read more...]