Archive: Importance of Play

How Summer Camp Makes a Difference

Some people say all they really need to know they learned in Kindergarten. But Audrey Monke argues that actually happens at summer camp. It’s easy to dismiss summertime fun as nothing more than just that, fun. But research shows that high quality, engaging camp experiences can be much, much more! For example, inquiry for a recent article in the Journal of Leisure …

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Keeping Kids Safe Online: Parental Controls

Kids of all ages delight in smart phones, tablets, game systems, computers and probably other items we’re not even aware exist. Sure, screens can be fun and educational, but as a parent of any age child knows, they can also cause problems. What do parents need to do to keep kids safe online? First of all, we know that electronic …

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Why “Making” is Important for Children

Ever wonder about this phrase “maker-infused science, tech and nature programs”? If you’ve been with us in the past or you’ve just been perusing our mailings or website, you’re probably thought, “Hmm, maker, I know the word but I just can’t put a finger on what it means exactly.” If that is you, you’re not alone. Many of you who …

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Turning Summer into a Learning Opportunity

Want to make sure that once school stops for summer, the learning doesn’t? There are all sorts of ways to make sure that the only summer slide your children experiences is at the playground.  Summer is the perfect time for children to discover that learning is fun and can happen anywhere…. Summer travel is a great way for kids to learn. Whether …

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What’s Your Superpower?

We all have superpowers, it’s true. Sure, human bodies can’t fly through the air or climb walls like a spider. But every single one of us has a particular talent that makes us uniquely able to do certain things really well. Recognizing these innate skills is essential to mastering our own success and helping children find theirs – even if …

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A Fairy Tale Adolescence

Here’s a topic that will either have Millennial and Gen X Parents staring each other down or on the flip side, rejoicing at finding common ground. The issue, how much freedom should be extended to kids today. First, my story. I sit on the cusp between generations (can 1983 get a definitive category already) and was raised by a couple …

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