Use These Helpful Tips for Back-to-School

August 21, 2017 12:48 pm

Back-to-school season is stressful for everyone involved, but it's also one of the most exciting times of the year. If you want to make your back-to-school transition a bit more fun than fretful, use these tips for parents and children.

  • Meet the new teacher. Many schools offer parents the opportunity to meet the new teacher via email, phone call or in person, so if yours doesn't, you may want to introduce yourself on your own. Set up a meeting with the teacher ASAP into the school year, or make a point to make it to the first open house.
  • Take a tour of the school. Since many children are very nervous about starting a new school year at a new school, it may help to take them on a tour of the school before the first day. This way, they'll get to know where their classrooms are, how to find their lockers and more.
  • Look for old friends. Be sure to talk to other parents to find out which kids are in your child's new class. This way, particularly shy students will know if they already have a friendly face in the crowd.
  • Go school shopping ahead of time. Instead of saving all of your school supply shopping for the day before school starts, do your kids' shopping bit by bit in order to find the best bargains. Take a copy of the required school supply list and check things off as you go.
  • Talk to your kids. Most importantly, talk to your kids about their feelings about going back to school. Ask them if they have any concerns, and be sure to always instill kindness and friendliness in your children when it comes to meeting new classmates.

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Preventing and Recovering From Summer Slump

August 18, 2017 10:21 am

Have you heard of the term "summer slump"? This refers to the backward slide many children go through every summer, forgetting some of what they learned the previous school year. In order to combat summer slump, many psychologists suggest creating summer reading lists and brushing up on other subjects during the summer break. Here are some ways to prevent and recover from your child's summer slump.

  • Encourage kids to read. By creating a summer reading list for your child, you can help tp combat summer slump or get them to recover from their three-month brain vacation. Studies show that even reading just six books throughout the summer is enough to get them on track.
  • Incorporate reading into your child's life. Aside from sitting down for a designated reading time, you can also incorporate reading into your child's everyday tasks. For example, show them a simple story in the newspaper over breakfast, ask them to read a sign on the highway or even have them help you read a recipe while making dinner.
  • Brush up on math skills. Likewise, you can also help your children to hone their math skills by using math in everyday situations. For example, ask them to measure out ingredients in a recipe or quiz them on how much change you'll get back from a purchase at the store.

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Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

July 25, 2017 1:20 pm

Want to make your own ice cream at home? Try these tasty recipes to cool off on the next hot summer day!

  • Unicorn Ice Cream. With bright, vibrant swirls of unicorn-inspired colors, this ice cream recipe is one of the most fun we've found. Add multicolored sprinkles for even more pizazz!
  • Homemade Banana Ice Cream. This ice cream recipe blends chocolate chips with fresh bananas to create a sweet, creamy ice cream treat that tastes even better than the store-bought kinds.
  • Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream. There's something so nostalgic about the taste of pink strawberry ice cream, and it's the perfect summertime treat on a hot afternoon.
  • Hazelnut and Salted Caramel Ice Cream. If you want to make an ice cream that's a bit more elegant than the usual chocolate or vanilla, this hazelnut and salted caramel ice cream is a great option. The mix of salty and sweet flavors is both delicious and interesting.
  • Rocky Road Ice Cream. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this homemade recipe for classic Rocky Road ice cream.

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