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  • Interactive Alphabet ABCs App
    Mobile Apps
    10 Best Apps to Help Kids Learn to Read
    */ From learning the alphabet to stringing letter sounds together, reading requires a foundation of many skills. These interactive apps can help provide the building blocks of reading, focusing on literacy skills including phonetic awareness, ...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Penmanship
    5 Common Handwriting Struggles and How to Solve Them
    Handwriting is a complex skill, so it isn't surprising that many children have a hard time mastering it. Poor handwriting skills can make your child stressed and anxious, cause problems with his or her schoolwork, and keep him or her from wanting...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • 10 ways to improve reading skills
    Reading Activities
    The Top 10 Ways to Improve Reading Skills
    Nothing is more important to academic achievement than being a good reader. Parents know their children best and can provide the one-on-one time and attention that will lead them to success in reading. Here is a list of ways to help your children...
  • Child playing in the sand with family in the background
    Summer Learning
    7 Great Places to Squeeze in Summer Learning
    Summer learning doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Although structured activities are great, quick and easy lessons on the fly are an educational (and much simpler) way to squeeze in a quick math or science session. The next time yo...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Summer Learning
    10 Best Backyard Science Experiments to Try This Summer
    Just because school is out doesn't mean brain drain needs to set in. Transform your backyard into your very own science lab and have a blast with these awesome summer science experiments. As you conduct your experiments, ask your child what they ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Summer Reading for Kids, Girl reading book with mother on a bed
    Summer Learning
    10 Everyday Ways to Keep Your Child Reading While Having Fun
    Reading is one of the most important skills you should try to boost outside of school. Foster your child's bookworm habits with these simple activities and tips that make reading so fun, he'll fill up his book chart in no time. ...
    Erin Dower
  • Interactive Alphabet ABCs App
    Mobile Apps
    10 Best Apps to Help Kids Learn to Read
    */ From learning the alphabet to stringing letter sounds together, reading requires a foundation of many skills. These interactive apps can help provide the building blocks of reading, focusing on literacy skills including phonetic awareness, ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
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  • Summer Science for Kids, Child on beach learns about her shadow
    Summer Learning
    10 Everyday Ways to Explore Science While Having Fun
    Simple science lessons are all around us during the summer. Prevent summer brain drain in your kids with these mini science experiments and activities for children of all ages. Expand their knowledge of meteorology, zoology, botany, chemistry, an...
    Erin Dower
  • Two young kids running a lemonade stand
    Summer Learning
    11 Everyday Ways to Learn Math While Having Fun
    Math is everywhere, not just in the classroom, and summer is a great time to learn how math relates to the real world. It's more than just addition and subtraction worksheets— it's everywhere you look. Keep your child learning this summer with...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • School and Learning
    Arithmetic
    How to Get Your Kids to Love Math
    How to Get Your Kids to Love Math When it comes to mathematics, most U.S. kids just aren't making the grade. A recent study conducted on students in grades 4 and 8 by the American Institutes for Research found that children in the United States c...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Best Toys
    11 Awesome STEM Toys to Get Kids into Science & Math
    It's smart to nurture your child's love of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)! Exploring science and math for fun could help give your child an edge in these subjects in school and beyond. According to the U.S. Department of Labor,...
    Erin Dower
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    All-About-Me Book
    All-About-Me Book Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 45 minutes Materials: Light-colored construction or bond paper Markers Magazines Scissors White craft glue Your child can create a lasting memory. H...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    Making Captions
    Making Captions Activity for an individual child Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 10 minutes Materials: Bond paper Crayons or markers Picture book (optional) This is a fantastic way to show your child that words are talk written dow...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    Nighttime Binoculars
    Nighttime Binoculars Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: 2 toilet paper tubes 4 large rubber bands 2 squares clear plastic wrap or tinted cellophane Crayons Star-shaped stickers (o...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    Writing to the President
    Writing to the PresidentMaterials Writing paper Pen Envelope Postage stamp Directions There are many reasons kids would like to write to the president. They might be concerned about the environment or youth crime. Your letter will be read by a ...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
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  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Blown Pictures
    Blown Pictures Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 10 minutes Materials: Tempera paint Plastic spoons Light-colored construction or bond paper Plastic straws This is a fun way for your child to learn ab...