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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Summer Time Fun - Tip of the Month

As school draws to a close and summer draws near, you might be thinking, what am I going to do with my kids this summer?! There are tons of places you can go and things you can do. Here are a few websites and places to visit this summer to keep your kids happy and learning.

  • Family Fun Magazine - Lots of great games, crafts, and cooking ideas at www.familyfun.com
  • Starfall Learning to Read through Phonics - Practice reading and learning letters online at www.starfall.com
  • DLTK's Printable Crafts - Printable educational activities at www.dltk-kids.com
  • PBS Kids - Online games and educational activities at www.pbskids.com. (There is also a link for parent information about child development.)
  • Home Depot or Lowes - They do a monthly building craft workshop on the first Saturday of every month. They provide the tools, materials, and an apron for the kids to use. Call the store manager to find out details.
  • Mesquite Groves or Hamilton or Desert Oasis Aquatic Centers - A lot of great swimming fun. Lots of extra features besides just the pool. www.chandler.gov
  • Toy Town Play Center - An indoor play center with dress up, toys, dramatic play and more. http://aztoytown.com
  • Arizona Science Center - A great place to explore and learn about science. All hands on science exhibits. They occasionally have free nights. www.azscience.org
  • Makutu's Island - An indoor play place full of slides, tunnels, a zip line and more. It has a couple of different rooms for different age levels and also offers other programs in the summer like Polynesian dancing. www.makutusisland.com
  • http://www.arizonaguide.com/events-calendar/heritage-cultural - An online month to month calendar of events going on in the valley.
  • Desert Breeze Park - A shady, huge park with a splash pad, train, carousel ride and shaded picnic areas.


  1. Teach Your Child to Read Today!

    Reading is one of the most important skills one must master to succeed in life. It helps your child succeed in school, helps them build self-confidence, and helps to motivate your child. Being able to read will help your child learn more about the world, understand directions on signs and warnings on labels, allow them to discover reading as an entertainment, and help them gather information.

    Learning to read is very different from learning to speak, and it does not happen all at once. There is a steady progression in the development of reading ability over time. The best time for children to start learning to read is at a young age - even before they enter pre-school. Once a child is able to speak, they can begin developing basic reading skills. Very young children have a natural curiosity to learn about everything. They are naturally intrigued by the printed texts they see, and are eager to learn about the sounds made by those letters. You will likely notice that your young child likes to look at books and thoroughly enjoys being read to. They will even pretend to behave like a reader by holding books and pretend to read them.

    At what age can you start teaching a child to read? When they're babies? At 2 years old, 3, 4, or 5 years old, or wait until they're in school?

    If you delay your child's reading skill development until he or she enters school, you are putting your child at risk...

    Did you know that 67% of all Grade 4 students cannot read at a proficient level! According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, of those 67%, 33% read at just the BASIC level, and 34% CANNOT even achieve reading abilities of the lowest basic level!

    There is a super simple and extremely effective system that will even teach 2 and 3 year old children to read.

    This is a unique reading program developed by two amazing parents and reading teachers, Jim and Elena, who successfully taught their four children to read before turning 3 years old. The reading system they developed is so effective that by the time their daughter was just 4 years 2 months old, she was already reading at a grade 3 level. They have videos to prove it.

    >> Click here to watch the videos and learn more.

    Their reading system is called Children Learning Reading, and it is nothing like the infomercials you see on TV, showing babies appearing to read, but who have only learned to memorize a few word shapes. This is a program that will teach your child to effectively decode and read phonetically. It will give your child a big head start, and allow you to teach your child to read and help your child develop reading skills years ahead of similar aged children.

    This is not a quick fix solution where you put your child in front of the TV or computer for hours and hope that your child learns to "read"... somehow...

    This is a reading program that requires you, the parent, to be involved. But the results are absolutely amazing. Thousands of parents have used the Children Learning Reading program to successfully teach their children to read.

    All it takes is 10 to 15 minutes a day.

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