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There are plenty of choices for summer camp out there, and academic camp is just one type. Sending your kid to spend a summer week with extra schoolwork sounds equally effective and punishing. Read this list of academic camp's pros and cons to decide if it's a good decision for your child.
Looking for summer reading ideas? Here are our picks for a solid gold summer of reading with your preschooler.
Want to help your child boost some academics this summer?  Good news! You can use state standards to guide you. Here's how.
The phrase 'summer school' may give your kid nightmares, but with an attitude like that, he'll turn summer school into a regular routine. How do you help your struggling student turn things around and get ready to tackle summer school like an all-star student? We asked Tracy L. Jackson, a school counseling district coordinator, for her expert advice.
Looking for camp care package ideas? Look no further! We've got five great camp care package ideas. Whatever your kid is into, we've got you covered.
How much is too much enrichment for a preschooler? Tips to keep activities fun and developmentally appropriate for your preschooler.
To avoid the reading slump and keep your kids reading this summer, host a reading party! Here's how.
Practicing math facts this summer? Take some tips from the pros to make the process both fun and effective.
We've searched high and low for new titles to entice even the most reluctant of middle school readers. Here are our list of favorites:
A day spent outdoors in the garden offers a host of benefits for kids. Gardening activities boost physical fitness, strengthen family bonds and foster an understanding of plant and water cycles. You don't need a farm or big backyard to garden with your kid. Try these fun 'urban gardening' ideas to bring the benefits of gardening to even the most modest locales. You may be planting actual seeds, but you may also plant seeds of knowledge or a new passion in your little one!
Here's a quick guide that will walk your preteen through writing a letter to your local politician.
Check out these 10 volunteering ideas that allow any kind of kid to help in a hands-on way and learn to love the feeling of giving back.
Here are some practical tools for helping your second grader write letters you'll all feel good about.
If the closest your child gets to the natural, wild world is watching 'Planet Earth' it's time to reconnect him with his roots. Get our tips for closing the gap between children and nature.
Here are four brand new titles that will turn your kindergartener on to reading, and make for a wonderful summer together.
Avoid the summer slide with these educational activities and fun ideas for how to keep your kid learning over the summer.
We've cracked open hundreds of new titles to bring you this list of fail-safe favorites for first grade summer reading.
Summer camp care package ideas are no longer centered around sugar and artificial flavors. Many camps have banned candy, baked good, chips and other junk food items from care packages. In fact, they have folks digging through the mail because parents sometimes try to sneak something sweet to their sons and daughters despite the new rules. Don't be that parent! A week or two without junk can be a good thing for your kid, and you can show how much you care with a different kind of care package. Check out these seven ideas for cool boxes of wholesome fun to send your camper this summer!
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