Active engagement with others and our surroundings shapes the brain, opens the imagination, and invigorates the soul. Come play with us this summer at these great community events!
Ready To Learn
The PBS KIDS Parent Club is a pilot training program designed to help get kindergarten through second grade parents actively involved in supporting their children’s education and promote school attendance.
Did you know that students who do not engage in educational activities during the summer lose as much as one to three months of the learning progress they made during the school year? This lapse is known as the “Summer Slide,” and it can be particularly harmful to a student’s reading proficiency. The good news is there are many resources available to help prevent summer reading loss.
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.
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.