Nurturing Nature in Kids

By Linda Chaiko-Lepley If you’re spending time outdoors with your children and instilling in them a love of nature, give yourself a pat on the back! But, if you’re reading this article and feel a tinge of guilt that your child might be spending more time in front of a screen, and less time out…

Sacramento [is] International

Encourage Kids to Learn a Second Language By Stephen Muff Americans are notorious for not learning another language. Roughly three-quarters of Americans have no foreign language. Yet, a nation to the North speaks French, a nation to the south speaks Spanish, and we can see Russia approximately 55 miles from Alaska. The benefits of learning…

Horse Wonder: Exploring the World ​of Horses

By Diane Turner Maller ​There was a time when it was common place for parents to have at least one tale from a childhood memory that involved an encounter or “wild ride” with a horse to share with their children. Fewer and fewer parents now have direct horse knowledge from our own upbringing. In finding…

Health Benefits of Summer Camp

By Suzanne Koup-Larsen While it’s not a medical diagnosis, child-advocacy expert Richard Louv coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to describe the wide range of problems that people, especially children, experience when they don’t spend much time outdoors. Additional research suggests that physical activity and exposure to nature contribute to good health. Many camp programmers…

Growing Pizzas

By Stephen Muff From the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the Beer Gardens of Deutschland, humans have been trying to perfect cultivation since the beginning of time. Yet, many of us parents have lost our green thumbs during the process of preparing snacks, doing laundry, reading books, and the like. Wouldn’t it be nice if…

Benefits of Team Sports

By Nora Heston Tarte No child is created equal. Some may thrive in athletics, while others may struggle to keep up. Some may need to learn how to cooperate with others and embrace a team mentality, while others may need help coming out of their shells. “I believe all kids can benefit from team sports….

Teen Gaming

“Not Now, Mom, I’m in Combat!” Teens Have a Hard Time Turning Off Video Games, Even After Midnight By Robert Andrews “I know I probably shouldn’t stay up until 2:00am on school nights,” reports Gilberto, a 16 year-old high school junior in my biology class. “It’s just that, I’m really into my PlayStation. The competition…

Activities to Help Your Child Do Better in Math

By Janeen Lewis Is math homework giving you a headache? Do you dread hearing “I hate math!” every night? While math may seem boring or challenging to some children, it is helpful to everyday living, and good math skills can open doors to exciting jobs post-graduation. Try these tips to show children math can be…

Prepare Your Child…and Yourself for Camp!

By American Camp Association For parents, the most heart-racing, adrenaline pumping moments happen when you let go and watch your child try something on his or her own. The moment the training wheels come off, the first trip down the driveway on the skateboard, the first time our children ride the school bus—these are more…

Know Your Child’s Learning Style

Like a computer, your child’s mind prefers information to be “coded” a certain way in order for him (or her) to fully understand incoming information. For this reason, auditory instruction may not “compute” for a visual learner the way text and pictures will. Likewise, if you want to get a message across to a kinesthetic…

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