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7 Ways to Prevent “Summer Slide”

Posted by Kami Mulzet on Jul 17, 2018 12:09:24 PM

Summertime is a wonderful time for children to recharge and relax after a long school year. Unfortunately, it is also a time when many of the skills they’ve gained throughout the year are lost, causing “Summer Slide.” According to the Brookings Institute, Summer Slide means that students will begin the academic year at a lower level than they were when summer began. Skills like reading and math will decrease when they are not reinforced over the summer months. While the downtime is also restorative and important, making sure that your child gets off to a great start in the fall is, too.

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Topics: Summer reading, Parenting, readers, teaching, healthy kids, family learning, Education, learning at home, curiosity

Creating Memorable Learning Experiences With Your Child

Posted by Kristin Canan on Apr 19, 2018 9:13:25 AM

What are some of your most memorable learning experiences growing up?  A field trip to the zoo? Dissecting a frog? Getting messy during a big art project?  My guess is most of the things that made an impact on you as a child, or teenager, did not involve sitting at your desk or in front of a computer.

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Topics: Children, teaching, School, learning, curiosity, middle school, elementary schools, schools, learning at home

Developing Curiosity Through Reading

Posted by Kami Mulzet on May 17, 2016 3:31:53 PM

Curiosity vs. Intelligence
Research has shown
that a person’s Curiosity Quotient (CQ) is as important as their Intelligence Quotient (IQ). Most classroom teachers would agree that qualities like curiosity and work ethic tend to outweigh intelligence in student performance. But how can parents help their children to develop curiosity? It turns out there are several ways. One is through play. By allowing children the space and time to interact with one another, they will develop both curiosity and imagination. Another is through reading. Books can take students on a journey to foreign places, throw them into the middle of a mystery, or surround them with a dystopian world. Books can help students discover people who are like them, or who are very, very different. Reading can lead to a deeper interest in the world as it is, and help students imagine how it could be.

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Topics: Reading, curiosity, learning, reading aloud