7 Summer Family Activities

7 Summer Family Acitivities with Children

Everyone gets excited to spend time outdoors when the weather gets warm and enjoyable. It can be very easy for families to go separate directions during the summer. Kids disappear into their peer groups, parents become consumed with lawn care and chauffeuring said children to various sleepovers, camps, activities. Keep your family working and playing together with some of these great family summer activities!

Cook together
Cooking a meal together is a great way to bond as a family this summer and fall. Sneak in a math lesson by letting the kids help you work out measurements, set an example for eating a healthy diet by preparing lots of fruits, vegetables and healthy meats, and you can support your community by purchasing local produce when possible.

Go backyard camping
Camping, a quintessential summer activity can be difficult to do if there are younger children in the family. Eliminate some of that hassle by keeping your trip close to home – right in your backyard! Set up a tent and use a store bought fire pit to roast marshmallows. You can also make a pretend one with paper, colored cellophane, and a flashlight.

Capture the flag and other team sports
Even-numbered families can feed their competitive sides by splitting up for team sports! Capture the flag is a great game for kids of all ages, while games like flag football are great for families with older children.

Eat exotic Ready for a night out?
Broaden your worldview by choosing a restaurant that serves cuisine not native to your area. Make the night educational by reading together about your food's country of origin and the culture it comes from.

Volunteer
Give back to your community and teach your family the importance of getting involved! Animal lovers can donate their time to dog shelters, nature fans can get involved in a community gardening project, bookworms can volunteer at the local library; there are plenty of options available for this family summer activity that combines the best of bonding and contributing to your community.

Visit a zoo or museum
Nothing beats the look on a child's face the first time they see a real elephant, or for older kids and art or history lovers, a piece of moving artwork or world history. Visiting venues like zoos and museums is a great family activity that is both fun and educational.

Get crafting
Create lasting memories with family-made artwork! Crafts that the entire family can participate in, like making a scrapbook or decorating a large canvas for wall art in your family home, let children of all ages participate and leave you with memories and a piece of art that will last a lifetime.

Another thing to remember is sunscreen to protect your skin! We hope this article inspires you to find something fun and unique to do with your family this summer. If you have any fun family summer activities that you do, please share in the comments and we may feature them in a future article. Thank you for visiting www.KidsDesk.net if you like our site, please bookmark us and tell your family and friends. Have a great week ahead.

When to Tell Your Child to Take a Break from Technology

Taking a break from technology

In the electronically advanced world we live in today, technology is everywhere. You can find toys, games, and even tablets and other complicated devices that are aimed directly at the children. After watching a children’s television station for just a few minutes, you will see numerous advertisements for all types of electronic devices. The question you ask yourself is, are these appropriate for your little one? What you want for your own child is going to differ from what your neighbor thinks is okay for their kids to play with. This is something that has never changed. Click read more below to continue reading.

Bringing Technology into the Classroom

Technology in the Classroom

In this technically advanced world, you can see everyone around you using various electronic devices to stay connected. These are commonly used in the forms of computers, tablets, and smartphones. What are people doing? Chances are they are going through their emails, sending or reading text messages, or checking up on social media. There are, however, many other uses for these illuminated machines that are commonly seen in the hands of people of all ages.

If you know children, you know how interested they are in running technological devices. Not only do they enjoy it, they are good at it. Kids of the new millennium have grown up surrounded by complex machines that were not as accessible 10 or 20 years ago. Your students can pick up a cell phone and search the web for their favorite game without ever asking for help. How can you turn this into a teaching experience? Bring technology into the classroom.

Many schools have the fortune of having some of the latest technology. But those that don't will likely see more of it in the near future. The first thing you need to do is learn how to operate these devices in the event that you do not already know the basics. Next, you begin to search around for different learning ideas. Many of the iPads and tablets that are being introduced into schools have the capability of downloading hundreds of thousands of different applications. The applications you see your kids using, or maybe the ones you use yourself are probably not very educational. There are a lot of games and other downloads that are not made for learning. However, the beneficial ones are just as easy to find.

If you have kids that are struggling in certain areas, you can check out some of the latest apps as one way to work towards improvement. More often than not, kids are not learning because they aren’t engaged with what is going on. If they are tired of the same teaching style for everything they do eight hours a day, switch it up with something different. There are programs for every subject that is taught in the classroom. Math, science, reading, spelling, history, and more can be found at a low cost and in some instances even free.

When your students are not progressing the way you want them to, it is time to switch things up. Make it fun for them. When they are having fun, they are going to pay attention and be excited about what you are teaching them. That is what being a teacher all is about. For those wonderful teachers working in districts with small budgets, there are great platforms like www.DonorsChoose.org that help teachers fund the ability to bring in new technology & resources needed to help students succeed. 

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6 Fun Spelling Apps for Kids

Six Fun Kids Spelling Apps

Are you looking for some fun kids Spelling Apps? Spelling apps are fun, easy ways to introduce people of all ages to literacy and spelling. The apps are available on all three major operating systems and for a wide range of ages and skill levels. Whether you are looking for iOS, Android or Windows, we have you covered. Here are some of our favorites!

iOS

Pogg $0.99 This spelling game has two modes: picture mode and spelling mode. Spelling mode allows children who are already reading and spelling to enter words into the “What should Pogg do now?” box, then watch as he acts out that word if they have spelled it correctly. Picture mode is for children who are not yet reading, allowing them to select from a series of words, hear that word read aloud, and then watch as Pogg acts it out. There are 300 words in the game's dictionary thus far and the developer plans to release more as free updates.

Bob Books $3.99 iTunes brings classic Bob Books to life with an interactive app! Each book consists of 12 pages with 4 levels of difficulty, utilizing spelling, repetition, and phonics to help beginning readers build their reading skills. As the children play through the books, the black and white illustrations are filled in with vibrant colors.

Android

Super WHY $2.99 Alpha Pig, Princess Presto, Wonder Red, and Super Why take your child on a literacy adventure! Four interactive games teach your child the magic of spelling, writing, reading and the alphabet. Bring your child's favorite characters to life and introduce them to the fun of reading with this Android game.

Spelling Bee $0.99 A fun, competitive spelling bee game for Android users, this app challenges spellers with over 2,300 words in various levels of difficulties.

Windows

Spelling Millionaire Premium $0.99
Try to win the “Million Dollar” prize by correctly spelling 15 words in a row! The prize may not be real, but the challenge is.

Spell It Free!
This free Windows game is a multiplayer, digital version of the classic Scrabble game. Play with up to four online players, or try out pass-and-play mode for friends who don't have a smartphone.

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