If you’re a parent, you have a tough job. You always try to do the right thing for your kids, but sometimes outside forces stack the deck against you. Here’s an example: You want your kids to eat a healthy diet so that they grow up to have long, illness-free, productive lives; however, the food industry is working diligently to undermine your efforts. It’s difficult to combat the food industry. They have enormous resources which you, as a parent, probably don’t have, but knowing their tactics is a good place to start.
Ask most kids, “When does one year end and another begin?,” and they’ll probably tell you that the year begins in July or August, ends in May, with a chunk of summer between the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Kids are way more aware of the school year than they are the calendar year.
Your child may never admit this to you, but by the time summer vacation ends, many students are bored and anxious to get back to school. What seemed like so much fun back in May, has evolved into long days with kids not knowing quite what to do with themselves.
We’re lucky we live in an incredible state like Arizona. To prove it, go outside in January and, while lounging in the 75-degree temperature, check the weather in New York and Chicago.
Every subject in school is important. Whether it’s math, science, history, social studies, or English, the knowledge students gain in elementary school will be referenced and used the rest of their lives. However, of all the important subjects just mentioned, only one is a crucial component of them all: English.
It’s May, which means that preschool, kindergarten, and 8th grade promotion ceremonies are coming up, and every student will be making the transition from school to summer break.
At the end of each school year, there’s always concern on the part of parents and teachers that students will be victimized by brain drain over summer break. It’s no myth. Over the two to three months students are on summer break, they experience an overall learning loss of one month and it takes the first six weeks of school for kids to relearn old material.
Parents may remember, back when they were kids, schools had real classes—math, science, history—and fun classes—art and music. Parents may also remember they perhaps didn’t take art or music very seriously, looking at it more like a break from the demands of serious academics than an actual learning experience.
Whether large or small, technical innovations have always resulted in positive changes in education. New tech builds upon old tech, and we find ourselves where we are today, which probably started nearly 100 years ago.
Spring Break can be difficult for full-time, working parents.
February is Black History Month, which recognizes the many, often overlooked, contributions African Americans have made to America’s history. The evolution of Black History Month has an interesting history of its own, and dates back to the end of the Civil War.
On Saturday, May 18, you can be among the first to register for Heritage Summer Camp.