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Extracurricular Activities

We all have opinons about how much our children “need” extracurricular activities.  Some people believe in a maximum of one per grade level, others abide by the one-sport/one-art rule, and on and on.  The fact is, we all do what is best for our children, and every child is different.  If you are looking for some ways to get your kids involved in structured, group activities this Spring, try these sources:

  • Community theater.  Many local theater groups are always looking for children to fill bit-parts or extras.  Even if your child isn’t interested in the spotlight, perhaps check out opportunities to help with set design and costuming.
  • Check out your Parks and Recreation department.  Many areas offer low-cost and non-competitive activities, from sports to sewing, sign language to cooking.  Classes are offered at various times, and they are typically short-term opportunities – perfect for trying something new.
  • Your local library may offer classes as well, or even evening book clubs for young readers.  Check with the Children’s librarian; most larger libraries have one on staff.  Libraries are also a great resource for community opportunities as well.
  • Sign up for a sport, such as baseball, soccer, swimming or tennis.  Even if your child isn’t the best soccer goalie, he or she will have fun getting to know other kids and learning to play on a team.  Or, look into less traditional activities, such as yoga or modern dance!

Get Ahead with Summer Reading

Just because the kids get a break from going to school doesn’t mean that they also need a break from learning! Everyone knows that reading is fundamental – kids need to know that reading is fun too. Keep your kids reading over their summer break and this will ensure that your children will retain reading and learning skills needed to start the next school year off right.

Check with your local library to see if they have a book club for kids or workshops that children (and adults) may attend. Summer reading programs benefit the child and the parent. Parents get a much-needed break and the kids usually get rewards such as prizes or awards for reading books. Visit the American Library Association for more details about summer reading programs for kids, or give your local library a call and see what they are offering. Even if they aren’t offering a program, it could be a fun weekly event and a chance for the kids to get out of the house. Except for the phenominal gas prices, trips to the library are free. Free is always a bonus!

We have added new products that can also help your children maintain their reading skills. Remedia Publications has tons of workbooks that are specific to helping children learn and advance their reading capabilities. These workbooks are for children in Pre-K all the way up to 6th grade. If the kids are “sooo over” reading for the day, have them try Remedia’s board games. They’ll be challenging each others reading, vocabulary, grammar, language and spelling while having fun playing a game.

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