The ability to decode words you don’t know is an essential part of reading. That’s why children need a basic understanding of phonics. But you can’t sound out every word, and you want to get to the point where you can read fluently without stopping to sound them out, so your child must also
My daughter, Clarissa, has been asking me to teach her to read, off and on, since before she was potty-trained. She constantly asked to start kindergarten this spring, so I spent May planning what I wanted our year together to look like. In June, we officially started kindergarten. I knew that I wanted to
The beach is a great place to explore. You and your children can have all kinds of learning adventures along the shore, in the tide pools, and climbing the sand dunes. Here are some great ways to learn at the beach: Engineer a Castle that withstands the Waves Here’s a great STEM project: construct
Summer is in full swing and many of us are looking forward to a week away, whether that’s at a family camp, Grandma’s place, or further afield. Our family enjoys road trips and camping during the summer. While we may be away from home, we don’t need to be away from school. Here are
Almost every child I know loves to learn about sea creatures. It does not seem to matter whether they live near a coast, on a mountain, or in the Midwest; they just want to know more about swimming things. Thankfully, there is a wealth of fantastic resources for them to learn from. You can
Summer is the perfect time to incorporate music into your daily routine. Whether your children are already taking music classes or lessons, or have never heard a piece of classical music, these 10 ideas will have you singing and dancing all summer long! 1. Dance to the Music In our family, there is nothing
Do you have any summer road trips coming up? Playing games is a fun way to help pass the time. My family loves playing games in the car, but we get bored quickly with standard classics like “I Spy.” I love playing a variety of games that kids of all ages can participate in.
Summer is well under way by now, and if you’re like most parents, you’ve probably heard, “I’m bored,” just a few more times than you’d like. Here are a few ways our family breaks the boredom and it doesn’t break the bank:  Bowling. Visit www.kidsbowlfree.com to register each child and receive free bowling