Keeping up with Camp Friends
For the more than 10 Million kids who go to camp ever year, according to the American Camp Association
, summer camp is a truly special experience that they will treasure the memories of for their entire lives. Going off for weeks at a time (without parents around) to learn new skills and meet new people is a great way for kids to develop fast friendships that could last forever.
I remember by own Girl Scout camp experience and those friendships I made seemed destined to continue past the time our parents came to pick us up after 2 weeks of horseback riding in the Sierras. So, we traded addresses and became pen pals… for a while at least. After a year or so, our letters to each other became less frequent, and since none of us lived near each other, the friendships quietly faded away. I still think about those girls I met at camp and wonder what they are doing now, but honestly, I am hard-pressed to even remember their names. Continue reading
In school I had a unique, and kind of tedious, study method. I would write up notes in class, type them up at home, then print them and highlight important sections. But now there are apps that practically do that for you – and more! Technology has made it easier for kids to keep up with their studies, and the five tips below will have your kids studying effectively this school year. Continue reading
On Friday, August 17th, we premiered the very first Kazaana video on YouTube! Now, with over 3,000views in just a couple days, we want to make sure you see it too.
Check it out and see how kids, just like your, are using Kazaana.
If your kids are into science, there’s no reason for the learning to stop when school is out. By raiding your pantry and Grandma’s candy supply, you can build a miniature laboratory in your kitchen. These experiments are appropriate for kids as young as six, with varying levels of help from Mom or Dad.
Check out the instructions below for two science-packed summer days.
Summer is fully upon us, and once school is out the days can get a little long. It’s great to mix up the routine when you can, but busy schedules and tight budgets can put a full-fledged summer vacation out of reach. Instead, consider doing a monthly or bi-weekly day trip with your kids. It’s a great way to get them out of the house and keep their minds sharp until fall. Below are three ideas for successful day trips.
Be a world traveler. If you travel without a plan, your kids will pick up on it and get restless. Use a world culture as a theme, and plan your day accordingly. Download a translator app on your smartphone and learn a few phrases in the language you choose. Then, order lunch from your country of choice! Listen to music from that culture, and check out a few books from the library about faraway places.
After a long summer day at the pool or on the beach, it’s time to curl up with your family and watch a great movie. Choose one of these 10 classic kids’ films to guarantee a night of family-friendly fun -that will also ignite some serious childhood nostalgia!
1. The Wizard of Oz
Your children will be inspired by this adaptation of Frank L. Baum’s classic novel in which Dorothy uses all her courage to navigate through a fascinating but dangerous magical world and return home to Kansas. With remastered bright colors, peppy songs and unusual characters, this movie has overarching appeal.
2. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie’s tale is one of overcoming poverty and loss with pluck, honesty, and love. This colorful rags-to-riches story features catchy songs and includes fantastic characters (Oompa Loompas, anyone?) that your kids will love.
3. Old Yeller
This timeless story of a boy’s bond with his dog deals with themes of love, companionship and change–topics that your kids are learning to understand. Old Yeller does include some violence and is more suitable for older children.
During the school year your children complain about not having any free time, and during the summer they complain about being bored. To mollify these all too familiar seasonal mood swings, consider the following seven fun summer activities to help your children beat boredom and enjoy spending time with the family.
When I was seven years old, I had one of the most mortifying experiences of my young life. No matter how many years go by, this event is scorched into my memory- even now as I write this, my cheeks are starting to burn with embarrassment by just remembering it.
On this day, I got all dressed up and went with my dad to a play at the local children’s theatre. My mom stayed home with my sister who was just a baby at the time, so it was just me and my dad- a lovely father daughter outing. At intermission we went out in the courtyard to enjoy a brownie and some lemonade from the snack stand then I decided to join a bunch of other kids in walking around the edge of the courtyard fountain. Big mistake. Trying to show off, I climbed to the top ring of the fountain to walk along its slippery, brick edge. Then I fell in. Sputtering and drenched, I was hauled from the fountain by various grownups while other kids (many that I knew from school) looked on and laughed their behinds off. Continue reading