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Get Outside!: Great Summer Activities for Kids and Adults
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
Most kids love spending time outdoors, whether they’re swimming, playing games with friends, or just hanging out. The summer is a great time to encourage kids to soak up some sun, because the physical and mental benefits of getting outside have been proven time and time again. Sometimes, staying inside to watch three seasons of a TV show in one day sounds more appealing than getting hot and sweaty outside. But even just an hour a day of natural sunlight and fresh air can do wonders for people of all ages and abilities. For example, spending time outdoors can relieve stress, improve immunity, and even improve vision! read more...
4 Reasons to Allow Kids to Play Video Games This Summer
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
Video games are fun, exciting ways to explore new realities and narratives, and when played in moderation, can actually improve many cognitive skills in developing young minds. Parents often worry about their kids becoming too absorbed in these artificial worlds or getting negatively influenced by the violent aspects of the games, which are valid concerns. Social isolation and violent tendencies as the result of video games have been discussed in depth, with strong arguments and evidence from both sides of the debate. But there are many positives to playing video games that are less commonly discussed: read more...
Hobbies for the Midsummer Slump
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
Kids of all ages love summer break, but often get bored after the first couple of weeks fly by. When kids hit that midsummer slump and start complaining about not having anything fun to do, encourage them to pick up a new hobby or project. Not everyone can afford sleepaway camps or art lessons, but there are some cheaper and generally stress-free alternatives to help cure the inevitable curse of having a 12-hour day and nowhere to go. There are hundreds of possibilities for keeping kids occupied, but these are some of the tried-and-true methods that are productive, too. read more...
Traveling for Gifted Students
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
Summer is just beginning, and many families are planning out their vacations or visits to places all over the world. Travel is super exciting for most people, and very important when it comes to developing cooperation and independence in kids. Even a one-day road trip can be extremely useful, especially for gifted kids, in enhancing one’s sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around him or her. Staying put for too long, as often happens over summer break, can be discouraging and hinder a student’s ability to think outside the box. There are many travel programs and websites geared toward gifted students that help encourage exploration, confidence, and collaboration. read more...
Summer Reading Programs for Kids
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
It’s no secret that when school ends, most students don’t want to think about doing math or reading books anymore. But reading over the summer, even just once a week, has many benefits. Libraries and book organizations across the world prepare at the end of every school year to promote their summer reading programs so as to encourage students to keep up with and enhance their own learning. read more...
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