Keep Learning Going Over the Summer

Keep Learning Going Over the Summer

Keep those developing brains stimulated all summer. It is important for your child (and you too) to enjoy the summer. But along with fun in the sun and plenty of R&R, you can keep your child’s brain active with education. As long as you make learning fun and interesting, it won’t feel like work. Plus, transitioning back to school in the fall will go much more smoothly. Here are some simple ways to keep learning going during the summer months. The effort will pay off in the long run. Outdoor Reading Club Get some kids and parents together on Sunday afternoons to form a casual book club. Choose adventure books or topics that are light and fun. Perhaps you can pack a picnic and make it a learning lunch. Pick a shady spot under a tree and cool off after playtime. The kids will look forward to the change of pace and page-turning enjoyment. Museums When the weather is hot, getting indoors is something kids will be begging to do. Rather than going to the movies or an arcade, make indoor time educational. Most museums are open year-round, so round up the kids for a tour at an art or natural history museum. You can spend all afternoon exploring and admiring. There’s always something new to navigate, so go as often as you can to check out every nook and cranny. Gardening Plant some flowers, herbs, or even fruits and veggies in your yard or on a sunny windowsill this summer. The kids will be proud of their accomplishments as they see their garden thrive while learning what it...
Three Reasons to Get a Family Pet

Three Reasons to Get a Family Pet

Are the kids asking for a new puppy (or kitten)? What about a hamster or even a fish? Whatever type of pet they’re pleading for, perhaps now is the time to consider adopting a family pet. Summertime is a nice season to welcome a new “family member,” since the kids are out of school and have more time to spend getting acquainted and caring for the pet. Here are three reasons to stop putting off what may be something positive and fulfilling for your family. So many pets need loving homes, so why not yours? Revs Up Responsibility As kids mature, they need to learn about taking responsibility. While every step depends on their age and level of understanding/maturity, parents have the role of teaching their kids to be responsible. Caring for a pet is the perfect chance to instill the values you want your child to embody. Not to mention how important this is for the pet. Be it cleaning, feeding, grooming, playing, etc., your child must take an active role in the care of their new pet. It won’t seem like much of a chore. They’ll be having so much fun anyway. Cultivates Caring Caring for others – be it a pet or a person – is something we must teach our kids. Being kind is of the utmost importance. We all deserve to be treated fairly and with compassion, humans and animals alike. Caring for a pet is a wonderful way to show your child what it takes to be patient, nurturing, and loving. While it will likely come naturally, the more you show your child...
Summer Birthday Party Ideas

Summer Birthday Party Ideas

Summertime birthdays mean you can make the best of the warm temperature and have an outdoor party. Yes, your child will miss out on classroom cupcakes and cards. But the other kids don’t have the summer fun added to an already special occasion. Here are three summer birthday party ideas your child is sure to love. And their friends will have a ball too. Picnic in the Park Gather the kids and any parents who can help out and head to the local park for a picnic party. Find a cool spot in the shade and whip out pre-made finger sandwiches, cut-up veggies and dip, crackers, cookies, and punch. Nothing fancy, just kid-friendly fare that’s easy to make, take along, and enjoy. Instead of a cake, bake mini cupcakes the kids can pop in their mouths. As you all sit on blankets and towels on the grass, the day will be casual and laid-back. After lunch, the kids can toss a ball around or play on the equipment. Fun for all without the fuss. Backyard BBQ Invite everyone over for a tasty BBQ in the backyard. Grill up franks, burgers, kebabs, and veggies. Play music, organize backyard games, and let the kids hang out and simply enjoy a day in the fresh air. After the hot food is finished, gather the kids in the kitchen for a make-your-own-sundae bar. Everyone gets a generous scoop of their favorite ice cream flavor and you can line up bowls of toppings like chocolate chips, sprinkles, berries, marshmallows, and hot fudge. That’s way more fun than a slice of sheet cake! Pool Party...
Lessons in Kindness – Little Things You Can Do That Will Make an Impression on Your Children

Lessons in Kindness – Little Things You Can Do That Will Make an Impression on Your Children

Children learn so much by simply observing the world around them. When you display positive behavior, it rubs off on impressionable youngsters. What better way to instill kindness and a caring spirit in your child’s mind than to “walk the walk?” Teach your child valuable and long-lasting lessons in kindness. What you say and do matters. Your child looks to you for guidance, so lead them in a positive direction. Here are some little things you can do regularly to make a lasting impression on your child. Be Patient What’s the rush? And why the frustration? Take a few deep breaths if you feel like you’re losing your cool or you’re at your wit’s end. When you exhibit patience, you show you have respect for others and self-control. Show your child that giving others your time and understanding goes a long way. Things may take a tad longer or not go the way you’d prefer in “a perfect world.” But taking a step back and giving others a break will lead to a more harmonious environment. Pay it Forward Every so often, do something nice for another person for no reason at all, aside from the fact that you want to brighten their day. Maybe you can pay for the coffee for the person behind you in line at the café. Let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store. Offer to watch the neighbor’s kids on a weekend night so they can go out for dinner. Volunteer to bring water and snacks to the next Little League practice even if it’s not your turn. Your...
Upper West Side Open House July 1

Upper West Side Open House July 1

OPEN HOUSE ANNOUNCEMENT Hey there Upper West Side parents. We invite you to an open house at our Upper West Side location – 101 W. 85th St from 10AM – 1PM on Sunday, July 1. Meet our experienced staff. Learn about our emergent curriculum. You and your family will enjoy music, art, and storytime as you see the facilities. Meet parents from the neighborhood. All are welcome, but if you can RSVP ahead of time, that would be helpful. Click here to reserve. Or call 212-419-5416. The Upper West Side location is new, eco-friendly, and state-of-the-art, serving kids ages 2-5 + UPK. All My Children will walk with you on a quick “60 seconds journey,” a one-minute illustration to introduce ourselves from an eye of a working mother in the metro NYC area. Worth watching! At All My Children we are committed to preparing young children for school and life readiness. Our safe, nurturing, eco-friendly learning environment and ethical character define our dedication to instilling within each child the skills necessary to continuously develop their own knowledge and their desire to establish a better world. Using The Creative Curriculum, Common Core standards, and Music, Movement, Drama, and Nature programs, we form the foundation of our learning-centered program. We look forward to meeting you at the open house! 101 W 85th Street, New York, New York 10002...
Three Great Poetry Books for Kids

Three Great Poetry Books for Kids

By now we all know how important it is to read to our children. But have you thought about sharing the power of poetry with your kids? Poems are fun to read, inspiring, and creative. Slip some poetry into your bedtime reading routine and see if your little ones enjoy something new. Here are some recommendations for poetry books your kids (and you) are sure to love. Once, I Laughed My Socks Off If you’re looking for a good laugh, choose this book by Steve Attewell for its collection of fun poems that are long-form. Early Childhood Education Zone describes Once, I Laughed My Socks Off: “Not your typical one-page poems, these creative stories last several pages, with words so vibrant that you have no trouble imagining what it would look like to have your socks running down the road, or dancing around your home. While funny, they also help teach life lessons.” After All, I’m Just a Ball For the kid who loves sports as much as stories, After All, I’m Just a Ball, by Cari Garfield will be a ball of fun! As per Amazon, “Each sports ball comes to life in his own character and personality telling the child what incredible things he can do.” The riddles will keep your little one interested and intrigued, making bedtime reading something to look forward to. Where the Sidewalk Ends Choose a classic book that you may have read as a child yourself. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is a collection of poems by the famous author that kids have been enjoying for decades. As Common Sense...
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