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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 6/1/2014

The summer is here! No more teachers, no more books and the kids need something to do. School may be out but summer is a great time for all kinds of learning opportunities for kids. Here are some activities to help families create some fun, enriching summertime learning. Look for active learning experiences Check with your local department of parks and recreation about camps and other activities. There are many free exhibits, events, or concerts happening in your town over the summer. Build reading and writing into everyday activities You can incorporate reading into everyday activities. Try watching TV with the sound off and closed captioning on. Have your child read the directions for how to play a new game. Children can help make to do lists or help with meals by reading a cookbook and write up a grocery list. Encourage writing Have kids write letters and postcards to their friends and family telling of their summertime adventures. Try blogging! Arrange for a safe, closed blog so that you can blog over the summer. Be an active citizen Find community service organizations. Kids who participate in community service activities gain not only new skills but self-confidence and self-esteem. Get into geocaching Everyone loves a scavenger hunt! Get in on the latest outdoor craze with geocaching, where families search for hidden "caches" or containers using handheld GPS tools (or a GPS app on your smart phone).  




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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 7/8/2012

Did you know that your kids can lose from one to three months of learning over the summer? Studies suggest kids lose the most in math. Don't spend the summer going in reverse. There are many online sites that can help stop the summer brain drain. National Geographic Kids: offers great nature videos, activities, games, stories, and more CoolMath4Kids: take a trip through an amusement park of math and more at this extremely interactive math website Smithsonian Kids Collecting: how to start your own collection and see what other kids collect Explore Dinosaurs: FAQs and top 10 myths about dinosaurs, a virtual dig, behind the scenes tours, and more from the National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Digging for Answers: a site that tests your research skills and knowledge NASA Quest: interactive explorations that engage students in real science and engineering. Topics include robots, helicopters, lunar exploration, and designing your own human-friendly planet My Wonderful World: a multimedia tour of our seven continents Time for Kids: fun games (The Great State Race), an online weekly magazine written for kids, and news from around the world Big Universe: an online library of fiction and nonfiction books for kids 0-12. The site also offers adults and kids the chance to create and publish their own stories.