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 […]

Science At-home Activities from Summer Solutions

Looking for more learning opportunities to use at home? At Summer Solutions, we specialize in keeping students academically engaged outside of school, so here is another lesson idea with a free download you can use right away. Science Is Out The Window Science is everywhere. Peek out any window and you’ll see examples in every […]

3 easy ways schools can spread Summer Solutions success!

Announce! Our social media kit is a great source for images and suggested text that can be used on your social media pages, emails, webpage, or newsletters—all the ways you communicate to your school families.   Recommend! Teachers know the needs of their students. This letter is a great way for parents to know which  Summer […]

At Summer Solutions, Our Goals Are The Same As Yours.

Yes, summer break is a long way off, but you may be too busy in the spring to think about one more thing. Summer Solutions is being used by tens of thousands of children across the country over the summer break. Please take a minute to find out why your parents will want to order Summer Solutions for their […]

The Right Choice for Summer

Summer Solutions are the workbooks that teachers trust and recommend to keep children academically engaged over the summer months. Unlike other workbook series, Summer Solutions provides distributed practice that strengthens retention over a ten-week summer period and allows children to learn new material at the start of the next school year. Anyone can use Summer […]

Woof! Woof! The Dog Days of Summer are Here!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac tells us the “dog days” begin around July 3 and end August 11 this year. The “dog” they refer to is the dog star, Sirius, the brightest star in the sky after the sun.  The ancient Greeks thought the star Sirius looked like the nose of the dog in the constellation […]

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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. […]