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It’s that time again… the Summer Activities Challenge starts now!

Monday, June 20th, 2011 by

We’ve just kicked off our third annual Summer Activities Challenge (it’s hard to believe it’s already been three years!) and the Education.com office is buzzing with excitement. And apparently we’re not the only ones. It’s been less than two weeks, and already 1,200 families are signed up and over 500 activities have been completed!

The Summer Activities Challenge is a wonderful way to fill those dog days of summer in an educational (but mostly FUN!) way. Plus, your family has the chance to take home our grand prize, a $500 Back to School Splurge, or one of ten Indoor/Outdoor Kids’ Croquet Sets (an Education.com A+ Award-winner!). Check out the rave reviews some participating families gave the Winter Activities Challenge: (more…)

Summer Reading Lists: The Best Reading to Beat Boredom!

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 by

This week marks the final days of school for the last round of kids to escape for summer vacation… and consequently, some understandably frantic parents. As summer starts heating up and the novelty of summer vacation begins to wear off, many families look towards summer camp, vacations, and play dates to keep kids occupied. But no matter how scheduled your summer is, your kids will likely end up with some, “Well… what should we do now?” moments.

Cue Education.com’s annual Summer Reading Guide! Whether you’re looking for a good read for a family road trip or an at-home activity, you don’t need to brave the bookstore or library alone. The Editorial team (as well as some very helpful kids!) have combed through tons of new (and not-yet-released) books to find the very best summer picks for the preschool set through high school-aged teens. (more…)

500 Rainsticks + Maker Faire = Endless Fun!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 by

Dictionary.com defines a “community” as a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests. At Education.com, we have a rather large community. That is, our community is made up of teachers, parents, caregivers, grandparents, nannies and au pairs, as well as anyone who’s involved in the life of a child. That’s quite a community!

At the Online Community Manager at Education.com, I’m given the pretty awesome role of interacting with people who visit, read, and put into action the articles, activities, worksheets, school information, and more they find on the site. I feel lucky that I get to hear from people every single day who’s role as a person invested in a child’s education or development — in any capacity — is improved or made easier by the resources Education.com offers. Although I do my best to distribute this to the rest of the staff, they don’t get to hear these kind words as often as me. (After all, I don’t want to bombard them with emails!) (more…)

Get Local, Family-Friendly Deals Straight to Your Inbox

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 by

We don’t think Education.com visitors should have to pay full price for restaurants, services, and family outings in their neighborhood. That’s why… drum roll, please!… we’ve put together the Education.com Daily Deal. Wondering what the Education.com Daily Deal is?

Signing up takes just a few moments. Shortly after joining, we’ll start sending you the best discounts and family-friendly offers straight to your email inbox. No need to worry; these email alerts are completely free. The only part of the process that costs you anything is when you decide that one of the deals is just too good to pass up. And even when you do decide to buy, no deal will cost you more than 50 to 90 percent off the full price offer.

The Education.com Daily Deal is just getting started, so now’s the time to join. Who doesn’t like to be a trendsetter? So far, we’ve launched it in San Francisco and New York, but there are a number of other cities to come.

What are you waiting for? Become an Education.com Daily Deal subscriber today.

Let’s Get Social!

Monday, May 16th, 2011 by

Want a great way to stay in touch with Education.com, get exclusively updated with the newest content, and join a connected network of moms, dads, teachers, and experts? Join us on one of our many social channels!

Whether you’re a teacher looking for cursive worksheets or a mom looking for creative ways to make errands more fun, you can get access to the very best ideas, activities, and articles directly on Twitter and Facebook. Wondering which of our many accounts to connect to? Take your pick:

Facebook:

“Like” Education.com on Facebook for exclusive updates, fun contests and giveaways, and to read and share insight with a knowledgeable community of parents and teachers. (more…)

It’s National School Choice Week!

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 by

Between President Obama’s concentration on education in his State of the Union address and the widely-acclaimed documentary about teacher tenure, Waiting for Superman, eyes all over America seem to be rightfully focused on the problems and importance of education – and on the related school choices that are available to parents.

While school choice is taking center stage on a national level with National School Choice Week, you have the perfect opportunity to bring this important topic back to your own family. Gone are the days when kids and parents had to accept a designated school and stick with it. If you are concerned about your child’s school, you have options that don’t just involve shelling out the big bucks for an upscale private school. (more…)

Welcome to Education.com’s Winter Wonderland!

Friday, November 19th, 2010 by

With the days getting chillier and the nights getting darker, there’s no denying that winter is here. While I’m sometimes guilty of feeling the winter blues, I’m also comforted by the cheer that comes along with the chill: spending time with my family, and enjoying the holidays. Education.com is excited to announce new fun features we think are a perfect accompaniment to these winter treats. (more…)

Create a Custom JustAsk Q&A Widget for Your Website

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 by

Are you familiar with JustAsk, Education.com‘s Community Q&A forum? JustAsk is a fantastic place to get questions answered by dedicated members, as well as our team of Experts – including child psychologists, pediatricians, school administrators, and bullying specialists. And now, for the very first time, JustAsk can make its way straight to your site!

That’s right: You can help parents, teachers, and teens get their toughest questions answered – from the comfort of your very own website! Easily customizable by title, topic, color, and size, this automatically updated widget keeps your page current with the newest and toughest education and parenting questions.

From your site, viewers can click any question link that catches their eye, and read the full Q&A thread on JustAsk. Not only will you be helping your visitors out with commonly asked parenting questions, we bet your site makes an impression as an up-to-date resource! To create your own personalized widget tool and place it on your website, just follow these simple steps: (more…)

Want to win a box of goodies for your kids (while you help out other parents)? Here’s your chance!

Friday, September 10th, 2010 by

I bet you’d be surprised if you really stopped to think about what an “expert” you are as a parent. Remember the time you “cured” your toddler of her nightly bad dreams, helped your 8-year-old (finally) eat veggies, or got your 4th grader to do his homework without (too much) grumbling? Believe it or not, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of parents out there who are dealing with a parenting riddle that you’ve already solved!

Come share your expert experience by answering a question in the JustAsk forum. We think you’ll love how it feels to help out another mom or dad, but just in case you need a little extra incentive, how’d you like to win a box of handpicked, age-appropriate games and books for your kiddos? Now’s your chance!

All you have to do is share your parenting expertise by answering one or more questions in JustAsk, Education.com’s community question and answer forum! Education.com has tons of prizes to give away, and over the next few weeks, we’ll be hosting several competitions. There’s no need to be a doctor or educational expert—we’re just looking for helpful input from Education.com members. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, big brother or sister, nanny, or grandparent, our community wants to hear from you! (more…)