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Summer Solutions on Vacation

Gianna and Sofia are going on a beach vacation, so they’ve packed all the essentials for a long car ride, including their Summer Solutions books. Their mom says, “Of course a teacher’s kids would have Summer Solutions in the car!” This smart mom knows that it takes only minutes a day to make sure her […]

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Read at a Playground

Where will a book take you this summer? Take a book on a trip to the playground!  You will find a lot of places to read there.  You can read while gently swaying on a swing or while sitting high above the ground on a slide. (Just be sure no one is behind you!)  You […]

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Monarch Butterfly Migration

Every year monarch migrate from the mountains of Mexico to the eastern portion of the United States.  They are the only butterflies that make such a massive journey, up to 3,000 miles! Monarch’s are known as one of the most beautiful and graceful butterflies on earth.  Students love learning about this beautiful insect.  A fun […]

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Summer Reading Challenge

Kids!  This blog is for you!!  How much time will you spend reading this summer?  Can you spend 60 minutes reading?  500 minutes? ONE THOUSAND?!  Take the Simple Solutions Summer Reading Challenge and find out!  First, get your parents permission, then print out the game board below, and color a square for every 20 minutes you […]

Back To School

There is something exciting about going back to school each year. The new school year is full of so much hope and possibility.  At Bright Ideas Press, we are also very excited for the new school year to begin.  This is the 14th year of publication for Simple Solutions, and our newest addition, Simple Solutions […]

Web the Zoo!

The zoo is our summer staple.  It is the place to go when we have a few free hours.  This trip to the zoo happened like most of our trips there, on an impulse.  We will probably be back to the zoo in a few weeks with several of our friends, but this trip only […]

World Around You

Whether you live in a big city or in the countryside, it’s is nice to stop and take time to notice the world around you.  This week’s Summer Solutions activity sends you and your child outdoors to explore the world around you.  The downloadable sheets allow you to use your casual stroll as a pre-writing […]

e-Chat with a Character

What if the characters in your books were on Facebook?  Twitter? Instagram? What would they have to say?  What pictures would they post?  Here is your chance to find out!  Download the e-Chat Poster and fill it out as a character from a book. Need some inspiration?  Here is what Amelia Bedelia would have to […]

“I Spy” at an Art Museum

The summer weather may force you to find indoor activities.  Playing a game of “I Spy” in an art museum might be the perfect solution.  Whether the temperatures outside are too hot or too chilly, the kids will really enjoy walking around an art museum looking at all of the works of art on display.  […]

Plan a Picnic

The 4th of July is almost here.  Many people celebrate by planning a party.  It’s a fun way to enjoy summertime weather while keeping the kitchen clean!  This week, a good friend of Simple Solutions came up with a wonderful and child-friendly recipe for you to download.  You and your children can make it together […]