28 July 2014 10:00 AM

Some Summer Spelling Ideas

by Dr. Rick
Kids who master spelling have an easier time expressing themselves, organizing their thoughts, and delving deeper into subjects that interest them. Spelling isn’t easy in our often-confusing English language. Kids need as much help as we can give them. [More]
21 July 2014 09:26 AM

A Few More Summer Writing Ideas

by rbavaria
Summer’s for slowing down, not shutting down. The Dr. Rick Blogs for June and July so far have been about that simple idea. Ways to keep kids’ minds active during the summer. We’ve discussed reading, math, and writing. These “Golden Oldies” are among the Dr. Rick Blog’s most asked-for tips. Here are a few more writing ideas. Next week we’ll discuss spelling. [More]
14 July 2014 09:00 AM

Some Summer Writing Ideas

by Dr. Rick
Summer’s for slowing down, not shutting down. That’s the summer motto of the Dr. Rick Blog. Always has been. Still is. Keeping kids’ brains active and learning is not only common sense, it’s borne out with tons of research. Google “summer brain drain,” and see for yourself. [More]
7 July 2014 10:45 AM

Twelve More Summer Math Ideas

by rbavaria
Summer’s for slowing down, not shutting down. Last week I shared with you thirteen fun activities that can keep kids’ math skills from atrophying over the summer. Today, here are twelve more. These are among the most popular tips from the Dr. Rick Blog’s summer series, and you’ve asked me to repeat them. Here they are. Add them to last week’s thirteen. [More]
30 June 2014 08:00 AM

Thirteen Summer Math Ideas

by rbavaria
There’s a ton of research on summer learning loss; Google it, and you’ll see all kinds of studies that verify what our common sense tells us. Kids without brain-stimulating summer activities can lose a quarter of the skills they’ve just mastered in school. And for some reason, math skills are the quickest forgotten.

Here’s a list of thirteen suggestions you can try. [More]
23 June 2014 08:00 AM

More Thoughts on Summer Reading

by rbavaria
Summer’s for slowing down not shutting down. That’s the summer mantra at the Dr. Rick Blog. Last week we discussed some cool summer reading activities specifically for the “hams” in the family, those kids who enjoy being in the spotlight. Today, let’s focus on those quieter kids, the ones who just need our gentle and continuous encouragement to keep up their reading skills while still having summer fun.

Here are a few reading ideas I know will work; they've worked for the kids in my life for years. In the next couple of summer weeks, we’ll discuss other skills – math, spelling, writing – but for now, it’s reading. [More]
16 June 2014 08:00 AM

Summer Reading for Hams

by rbavaria
Here are some amusing projects that are guaranteed to appeal to the hams in the family, your fledgling entertainers, comics, and tragedians. Theses projects all have reading at their core. We know that reading is one of the fundamental skills – maybe the fundamental skill – we want to encourage when school’s out. [More]

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Summer Skill Sharpeners

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