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KC Summer Reading Guide: 2014

KC Summer Reading Guide: 2014

Books open new worlds to children. This summer encourage your child to cultivate a love of reading with these incentive programs from local libraries and businesses!

Host a Summer Book Club in 5 Easy Steps!

Host a Summer Book Club in 5 Easy Steps!

Summer’s here and the living is easy. No more teachers, no more books…While a break from the rigors and routine of the school year is beneficial, we’ve all heard about the “summer slide” or “summer brain drain” that many students experience.

Art Is All Around!

Art Is All Around!

While not everyone becomes a Picasso, art is a fundamentally important aspect of childhood. Yes, various forms of art come more naturally to some than others, but let your children try to discover what they’re naturally good at and what they enjoy most.

Little Free Library

Little Free Library

According to www.LittleFreeLibrary.org, a Little Free Library is a “‘take a book, return a book’ gathering place.” It comes in all shapes and sizes, but it is essentially a weatherproof box full of books where anyone can stop by and exchange one book for another.

Great Gifts for Terrific Teachers

Great Gifts for Terrific Teachers

Teacher Appreciation Week always sneaks up on me, so I’ve gathered five budget friendly and easy DIY gifts that you can throw together in 20 minutes or less.

Prepping for Testing

Prepping for Testing

No matter what your feelings are about standardized testing, it is a part of our educational system that is here to stay. I always tell my kids that it is not mine to take away the hard things in life, but it is my job as their mother to love them through it!

The Skills of Tomorrow

The Skills of Tomorrow

Research has always been an important part of school and will continue to be. It is full of even more possibilities now with the vastly expanded amount of information available to students that they couldn’t access before.

Eager Learners

Eager Learners

The way learning is approached at home (or not) will carry forward with kids into the classroom. Regardless of whether your child is in elementary school or high school, there are things you can do at home to foster eagerness in your learner.

Graduation

Graduation

Do you know someone who is graduating this year? Maybe you, yourself, are a graduate. This time in May is considered a bitter-sweet moment to many. It is sweet because of the great rejoicing due to such an accomplishment but perhaps bitter because of the closing on this part of a graduate’s life. Whether you are a graduate or a friend of a graduate this can be a time of encouragement and learning.

How Technology Is Changing Education

How Technology Is Changing Education

What we remember about our school days: chalkboards, cursive writing, heavy textbooks and the Dewey Decimal System. What our children will remember about their school days: computers, eBooks, cell phones and texting.

Get Geography Smart

Get Geography Smart

Some fun ways for the whole family to learn about or brush up on geography skills.

 Volunteering: Good for the student, the teacher and the parent

Volunteering: Good for the student, the teacher and the parent

From popping popcorn to making bulletin boards, from shelving books to making photocopies, there are many ways to volunteer in and out of the classroom. Volunteering has many faces and benefits the student, the teacher and the parent.

The Wheels on the Bus are Keds

The Wheels on the Bus are Keds

In 2013, Oct. 9 is International Walk to School Day. There is an online pledge for parents and their children and resources for schools in the Kansas City area at www.WalkToSchoolKC.com.

Raising Gifted

Raising Gifted

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) says, “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10 percent or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).”

Applying for College, Year by Year

Applying for College, Year by Year

Graduation is just four short years away for your child who just entered high school, and you may be wondering what you can do now to help your student get into college. Starting preparations early is important, so don’t put everything off until the senior year when it may be too late to get into your child’s top schools.