Backyard Summer Camp, Part 3: Combat Brain Drain

In addition to crafts and Active Experiences, expose your campers to some great literature. Answering a few questions after reading a story is an effective way to maintain reading comprehension skills over the summer. Simple Download these children’s classics adapted by Simple Solutions. For very young children, use The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Steadfast Tin […]

Backyard Summer Camp, Part 2: On the Lookout and After Dark

Ready to organize a backyard summer camp for your kids? This blog features scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, and after-dark activities. Check out Part 1 for daytime activities and art projects; Part 3, for ways to prevent brain drain. Each category has three levels: “Simple” activities are mostly free, easy, and great for younger kids. “Medium” […]

Backyard Summer Camp, Part 1: Active Experiences and Art Projects

Summer is here, but a lot of the things we look forward to in summer will not be happening. Vacations, baseball games, trips to the pool, and summer camp may have been canceled. But why dwell on what’s lost? Your children can attend a camp hosted by you! In this, and two upcoming blogs, you’ll find […]

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

As my profile states, I am a Cleveland Indians fan. Inhabitants of Northeast Ohio understand what that means. You see, we have witnessed a lot of exciting baseball in our town, and we have come REALLY close to winning it ALL. But it’s been 71 years since we’ve won a World Series. My 89-year-old mother […]

Joseph Dalton Hooker: Botanist for the Ages

I write a blog every month about a scientist worth knowing. For June’s scientist, I have chosen a rather obscure botanist (obscure by American standards), Joseph Dalton Hooker. He meets my criterion of being born in June—June 30, 1817—to be precise. And, a happy coincidence, the first full week in June is National Garden Week. […]

School’s Out—Reading’s In

For some, the countdown is over, and for others it is nearing the end. It’s time for summer reading! A wonderful source for reading ideas is your local library. I can’t imagine a public library without a summer reading program, so check out the one nearest you. Your library website may have suggestions for books […]

Gratitude: Thank You Notes

On a recent episode of ABC’s “The Middle” Frankie finds a bag of unfinished and long overdue thank you notes under her son, Axl’s, bed. Horrified by her discovery, she issues her ultimatum. As long as he is living in her house, he is to finish the notes! Yes, it’s comedy, but in the end, […]

Summer Solutions Books at a Glance- Grade 4 – 8

Summer Solutions Books  The Simple Solutions Approach–solid instruction, daily distributed practice, and ongoing assessment–is a proven strategy that promotes mastery and ensures long-term retention. Summer Solutions provides review and practice that allows students to retain important math and language arts skills, not only over the summer break but for a lifetime. Grades 4 – 8 […]

Summer Solutions Books at a Glance – Grades 2–3

Summer Solutions Books The Simple Solutions Approach–solid instruction, daily distributed practice, and ongoing assessment–is a proven strategy that promotes mastery and ensures long-term retention. Summer Solutions provides review and practice that allows students to retain important math and language arts skills, not only over the summer break but for a lifetime. Grades 2–3 Summer Solutions […]

Summer Solutions Books at a Glance – Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade 1

Summer Solutions Books The Simple Solutions Approach–solid instruction, daily distributed practice, and ongoing assessment–is a proven strategy that promotes mastery and ensures long-term retention. Summer Solutions provides review and practice that allows students to retain important math and language arts skills, not only over the summer break but for a lifetime. Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade […]