Keeping kids learning over the summer

Learning to boogie board is an important way to fight off that summer slide!

Here in the Philadelphia suburbs, summer vacation is about halfway over. Even though stores have been selling back-to-school supplies for weeks (and we’ve already stocked up), we still have all of August to enjoy together before our girls go back after Labor Day. But, of course, we want to avoid the dreaded Summer Slide (duhn [...]

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A Trip to the Crayola Factory

Crayola Factory

There are not many things my daughters love more than arts and crafts. Coloring, painting, drawing, and especially cutting and gluing happen almost every day around here. And our very favorite art supplies are Crayolas. I’m not being paid to tell you this, either. We just prefer Crayola crayons, markers, watercolors, and colored pencils. A [...]

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7 Tips for Surviving Sleep-Away Camp

Tips for surviving sleep-away camp

Audrey just got back from a week of sleep away camp. Last year was the first time she experienced a week of sleep away camp, and it was the best week of her year. This year was no different–a smash hit, even though it was hot and there were thunderstorms. Her camp is a great [...]

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Lazy summer days?

This summer has been packed with fun already! Even before Audrey and Georgia were finished with school, Sydney had three weeks of summer camp after preschool ended. Her days were full of crafts, games, and water play while the big girls were still nose-to-the-grindstone. Then, the week after school ended, all three girls were able [...]

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Summer Reading Goals

summer reading goals

Ahhh, summer. Long, lazy days to relax, play, sweat… As a kid, my favorite way to pass the summer days was to lay across my bed and read. I tried to be as completely still as I possibly could, with my ceiling fan on “high,” the windows open, and the lights off. We didn’t have [...]

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How to set up a treasure hunt

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Whether it’s a birthday party, The Amazing Race, or just for fun, everyone loves a treasure hunt. It’s easy to set up a treasure hunt for your kids, and it’s a fun summertime (or anytime) activity. First, choose something to be the treasure. It doesn’t have to be something elaborate, because the hunt is really [...]

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Washington, D.C. with Kids: National Building Museum

This is Part 2 of a series on Washington, D.C. with kids. We also visited the National American History Museum. Any place that combines wide open spaces, lots of toys, and zillions of Legos is bound to be a big hit with my kids. One of their favorite stops on our recent trip to Washington, [...]

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Washington, D.C. with kids: American History Museum

There’s the Washington Monument! This summer, we were able to take two weekend trips to Washington, D.C. My brother lives about an hour from the city, and the Phillies were playing the Nationals both weekend, so it was a great place to head with my parents. This past school year, Audrey’s fourth grade class studied [...]

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Summer Reading Round-up

Before I had kids, one of the things I was most looking forward to was reading with them. I have always loved to read, and spent many a summer day sprawled across my bed with a stack of books. I had to lay perfectly still to best access the slight breeze from the ceiling fan [...]

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Summer learning

School’s been out for about a week and a half here. We are enjoying days of sleeping in (as much as you can with a one-year-old) and no homework. The girls spend lots of time outside on the swing set and riding their bikes. But when they play inside, what do they play? School! They [...]

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