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Welcome back, Summer Series friends! This Wednesday was the first official day of summer for all of us in the northern hemisphere (even though it’s felt like summer for a while now), and that means beach vacations, barbeques and general outdoor festivities. Summer is also the time of year when the Sun comes out to play. This week, we’re focusing on all the fun experiments you can do while having fun in the Sun this Summer!

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May 22, 2017
Maile Proctor

5 Fun Creative Ways to Help Kids Study

Learning at Home, STEAM

Getting your kids to study and do their homework can be a struggle for parents. You want them to learn the material, but it can be hard to convince them to buckle down and hit the books. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to make studying more fun and effective for your kids. Try these creative ideas to help your kids study.

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May 20, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Guide Your Child to Have a Fulfilling Career

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, Girls & STEM, STEAM

Children have ever-expanding aspirations and as an adult, it can be challenging to be the voice of encouragement, reason and guidance for them.  Their dream jobs now will likely change as they gain experience and it’s up to their guardians to help provide the resources and insight to formulate and revise decisions.

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May 15, 2017
Mike Ritchie

How Can You Get Your Kid Reading?

Kids And Creativity, STEAM

Over the past 30 years, the number of teenagers who say that they “never” or “hardly ever” read had tripled (Common Sense Media). This trend, unsurprisingly, is the opposite of what parents would like to see – according to Scholastic, 75% of parents with children aged 6-17 would like their children to read more books for fun. They’re smart to want this; studies have shown that strong early reading skills can positively affect general intelligence in later life, and can improve one’s understanding of other peoples’ mental states, i.e. improve empathy, according to Science Magazine.

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April 15, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Fostering Life Skills Without Home Ec: Money Management

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

This post is the first installment in a series covering life skills that are disappearing as our world technologically advances.  As young adults find themselves struggling to learn self-care, social, and financial skills later in life, there is now a demand for such workshops and classes at the college-level.  In some instances, technology has also created a need for new life skills that weren’t essential before.  In this series, we will explore our top life skills and how your child can master them through fun activities.  To follow this series, please subscribe to our blog and follow us on social media.

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March 25, 2017
Kacey Templin

5 Important Figures in Music History

Music Makes You Smarter, STEAM

Music is everywhere. It’s piped through shopping malls, grocery stores, headphones, and car stereos. You can enjoy anything from classical to punk rock with over a hundred genres in between. Music has been part of the human experience since prehistoric ages, but over time, it has been shaped and molded into many different forms by extraordinary people. Today, we’re taking a look at five of those important figures in musical history.

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March 20, 2017
Saleel Menon

The Truth About Fine Arts Programs: Benefits Beyond Academics

Music Education, Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEAM

Want to score better on your SAT’s or standardized tests? – Join fine arts! This is an argument widely used by fine arts teachers to recruit for their programs, or sell their craft to young students and parents. Research studies by the hundreds substantiate claims that fine arts – particularly music education – help develop skills needed to think critically, problem solve, and analyze data which all lead to an on average elevated standardized testing experience. While some can view this as an amazing advocacy of music education, I think it perpetuates an ideology that is fundamentally wrong with the way we approach the arts, specifically in education. These statistics serve to quantify the importance of arts in an objective way, which is important in its own right, but art is subjective and has unique importance aside from its auxiliary interdisciplinary benefits.

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