Did you know that students experience learning losses during the summer break if they don’t engage in educational activities. It’s known as the “Summer Slide.” Research shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer break compared with identical tests taken at the beginning of the summer. At the same time, parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.
Your kids can practice their science and math skills while playing outside! Check out this DIY Nature Collection Box activity. Nature is full of hidden treasures. In this DIY activity, children explore nature and practice early science and math skills by creating a collection of items found in nature and then organizing their collections into categories for display.
Exploration gives children the opportunity to learn and connect with their environment. Discoveries happen, questions arise, and it’s our responsibility as parents and educators to seize these “teachable moments.” To raise compassionate and ecologically minded young children, we must support their natural yearning to learn about the world around them.
Experts in education clearly feel that there has been a shift over the past three decades of normal everyday play experiences, especially when it comes to outdoor play.
Join us at our Sesame Street studios for our family friendly Nature Cat Excursion, hosted by our Ready To Learn program. Enjoy seasonal games, fun activities with Pocahontas State Park, nature crafts from Project Learning Tree and Wild Winter Worlds presentations from the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
It’s not that I dislike new toys, but enough is enough. My children have grown and I no longer have to deal with the notion of finding yet another place to store more toys. Now, I’m all about consumable gift giving. Or, even better, how about the gift of time? These gift ideas tend to be more personal, more enjoyable, and more interactive. Ideas like these are built on family values, enhanced relationships, and create memories that will last a lifetime. These are some of my favorites barrowed from Jamie Davis Smith is a Washington D.C.
Starting at 6am on Wednesday, October 16 – 6pm on Thursday, October 17, the Richmond community is coming together to raise money for local nonprofits. The Community Idea Stations is once again participating in the Amazing Raise, both as a media sponsor and as a local nonprofit.
This September, PBS KIDS makes it easy for families to stay healthy and active with PBS KIDS Eat Smart for a Great Start. Studies have shown that poor nutrition and lack of exercise can negatively impact children’s academic performance. To help start the school year off right, PBS KIDS has developed online content to provide kids and parents with resources that support health and physical activity.