With the traditional school year ending soon, your kids are probably ready to take a break from schoolwork for the summer. Actually, the summer can be the perfect time to brush up on some skills or let your child grow in subjects they are particularly interested in learning more about. Families can take some tips from full-time homeschoolers on how to use the summer for educational purposes. Fortunately for families, there are a number of completely free educational resources online. As a ... Continue Reading
5 great ways to keep your child learning and engaged this summer.
With the new Phoenix Career Services suite of tools, potential and existing students can build a career path aligned with their interests and location.
In today’s world and economy, many moms are looking for ways to bring in additional income. Maybe you’re working in an office, or from home. Perhaps you’re looking to go back to the workplace. But sometimes you find yourself in a rut, unable to further your career for whatever reason, or doing work you just don’t love. University of Phoenix has some amazing tools that can help you find a career you’re interested in pursuing, and show you the best path to success, with its new Phoenix ... Continue Reading
Searching for kid-friendly iPad apps can be easy with this new guide for parents.
The colder winter months offer families more time together indoors, and homes with an iPad have many fun and educational apps within reach. However, with over a half-million apps in the App Store, searching for those kid-friendly apps can sometimes be a pain. But there's help. Jenny Gudmundsen in her new book, iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies®, offers parents a reliable resource for choosing the best apps for their kids. As a respected USA TODAY Kid-Tech columnist, Jenny has tested a host of ... Continue Reading
Teach the acidity of a solution by using red cabbage!
The third in our series of science experiments. These are a great way to explore the world around you - and for some schools an experiment for the science fair is mandatory. At a loss for ideas? Here's another one to test. We often refer to orange juice, lemon juice, or tomato products as ‘acidic’ but do you (or your child) really know what that means? If there are acidic items in our kitchen what do we call those items that are NOT acidic? The acidity of a liquid is measured on a ... Continue Reading
Encourage teachers and programs in your community to register with First Book.
Access to quality books and educational materials can make the critical difference in helping children succeed – in school and in life. In middle class and affluent communities, children have ready access to books – through books at home, in their schools, and in places throughout their community. By alarming comparison, in some of the lowest income neighborhoods in the country, there is only 1 book for every 300 children! This disparity puts millions of children from low-income ... Continue Reading
Show your child the strength of water molecules by floating a paperclip on it.
School is finally starting, but that doesn't mean the wonder of summer has to end. Science experiments are a great way to explore the world around you - and for some schools an experiment for the science fair is mandatory. At a loss for ideas? We're starting a new series of science experiments for you. The Not-So-Magical Floating Paperclip Have you ever gone for a walk with your child and stopped to visit a pond along the way? Often times, you'll see small bugs skimming the surface of the ... Continue Reading
Learn how best to research a preschool for your child, including what questions to ask the facility.
As a Mom of 3 who attended a total of 6 preschools, I really can't stress the importance of finding one that is right for you, your child, and your pocketbook! Not all preschools are the same. Taking time to do your research will likely guarantee a smooth transition and a great year for all. I looked at preschools like other people look at colleges. Hey, kids are only three-years-old once right? I wanted to make sure they were in an environment of nurturing, creative skill-building, ... Continue Reading
Whether your child is in first grade or fifth; a simple gift for their new teacher is a great idea.
Back to school lists are everywhere. Stores are crowded with people rushing around to prepare kids for school. September approaches quickly. Whether your child is in first grade or fifth; a simple gift for their new teacher is a great idea. Some schools have teacher appreciation days; other teachers never receive the recognition they deserve for their hard work. There are many small easy ways to appreciate and recognize the teacher in your child’s life. Teachers spend countless hours with ... Continue Reading
Here are some easy ways to save money this back to school shopping season!
It's almost time for back to school - which means shopping for clothing, supplies, and backpacks. Waiting until the last week before school starts can get you great prices when there are sales - but the crowds can be maddening and the supplies can be low. You may even waste time and gas hopping from store to store to find that one green folder or pack of small dry erase markers the teacher wants. Here are some easier ways to save money this back to school shopping season! 1. Delay some ... Continue Reading
Offering your child the ability to be instructed in a second language in a school setting is even better than just learning a second language.
Schools in many parts of the United States are increasingly offering dual language programs. When describing dual language programs in this article, I’ll refer to English and Spanish, but of course there are many other combinations such as English/French, English/Chinese (Mandarin), English/German, etc. The most common type of dual language class is the Two-Way approach. In the Two-Way approach, children from native English-speaking homes and children from native Spanish-speaking ... Continue Reading