Summer

School is out for summer, but the learning goes on! We offer plenty of guidance on how to continue your education outside of the classroom.

Your Kids Will Love Doing Math This Summer (If You Do Too)
13 August, 2019
In summertime, the living is easy, but making sure your children don’t forget all themath [https://www.noodle.com/topics/math]they learned in the past school year is hard. Still, just as you work to keep them interested in reading by having books around the house, you can keep them interested in numbers by helping them see the math that’s all around them — and how they, and you, use it every day. Here are a few tips to do just that. I cannot guarantee zero resistance, but I’ve seen lots of fam
Why You Should Spend Your Summer Job Shadowing
10 June, 2019
Summer is officially here, and pro-active college and high school students are likely looking for a way to make the time off school more productive. You might want to find a way for your college application to stand out from a crowded field, or gain real-world experience. For students who can spend a few weeks investing in unpaid job shadowing, it is an excellent way to elevate your college application and learn more about what future career path might be best for you. What Is Job Shadowing?
Engaging Ways To Open Your Personal Statement
10 July, 2018
Summer is in full swing, and rising high school seniors have college applications on their minds. The Common Application essays have not changed from last application cycle; therefore, savvy students are using their summer breaks to get a head start on writing the personal statement. But are you staring at a blank screen and wondering where to begin? Here are some tips for choosing a topic and writing a strong essay opening. Choosing a Personal Statement Topic Your essay, or personal statement,
Fun Family Activities To Put The Brakes On Summer Learning Loss
07 July, 2018
When the first day of school rolls around each fall, elementary school teachers have to confront the inevitable “summer slide” — that is, the loss of skills school kids seem to experience over the long days of summer. As a parent, you probably want to help your kids maintain their academic aptitude without becoming a nag. Here are some fun family activities that will keep everyone sharp (and happy) throughout the summer months. 1. Read and Write Everything. Be intentional about including your c
Will Your College GPA Help With Your Job Search?
03 May, 2018
Does your college GPA matter in the job search? Learn whether your undergraduate grades matter for your career, and how to address grades on your resume and in job applications. You’ve been studying all week for tomorrow’s exam. While scoring below an A on one college test isn’t the end of the world, it may affect your grade point average — which you’ve been working tirelessly to keep up since middle school. You know GPA matters, because it’s enabled you to get here. But how important is GPA t
How Internships Get You Out Of The Back Row
25 April, 2018
If you often find yourself in the back row of classes and are more comfortable flying under the radar, learn how internships can help you develop the skills you need to push yourself forward in your career. *** Do you self-select to sit in the back row in class? Are you tempted to check your emails, texts, and social media messages during a lecture? Are you happy to sit in a back seat and “keep your head down,” do your work, answer questions if called upon, but not be the first to jump in with
Why The 'Just Play' Movement Doesn't Work For Every Child
07 July, 2017
Summer has launched, and the cries for unfettered playtime are proliferating everywhere, from the mouths of children to the postings of adults. It’s hard to ignore the profusion of articles, blog posts, and tweets calling on parents to forget school and let children “just play” over the summer months. Impassioned articles, written by leading educators and parenting experts, argue that play is the best teacher. Infused with moral undertones, they warn against the over-scheduled child, making a d
Your Kids Will Love Doing Math This Summer (If You Do Too)
28 June, 2017
In summertime, the living is easy, but making sure your children don’t forget all the math they learned in the past school year can be hard. Still, just as you work to keep them interested in reading by having books around the house, you can keep them interested in numbers by helping them see the math that’s all around them — and how they, and you, use it every day. Here are a few tips to do just that. I cannot guarantee zero resistance, but I’ve seen lots of families have great results with th
3 Top Tips For Finding The Best Summer Camp
27 June, 2017
Summer camps have long provided children with the opportunity to take part in new activities and learn important life skills such as independence, teamwork, self-confidence, and leadership. However, with so many options these days, it can be hard to decide which camp is the best fit for your child. To help you start the search process, here are three important distinctions to consider when choosing a camp: Will It Be Day Camp Or Overnight Camp? There is no golden rule as to when your child shou
10 Offbeat Summer Camps For Unconventional Kids
26 June, 2017
There are all sorts of summer camps out there, but which one is the right fit for your kids? Here’s a list of ten offbeat summer camps that might just fit your kids’ unique tastes! 1. Circus Camp [http://www.fscamps.com/programs/Circus_Arts.html] Tired of your kid clowning around the house all summer? This camp will bring out the performer in your kid, where he will learn to jump, balance, swing, and juggle just like at the Big Top! 2. Zombie Camp [http://zombiesummercamp.com/] If you’re loo
8 Great Books To Get Your Teen Interested In Reading This Summer
21 June, 2017
For every teen who’s under the impression that reading during the summer isn’t really their thing, there are dozens of books out there — from newer graphic novels to 500 page classics — ready to change their mind. With the school-less summer months upon us, we have rounded up eight awesome books that will keep your teen reading into the summer months and beyond. 1. An Abundance of Katherines [http://www.amazon.com/An-Abundance-Katherines-John-Green/dp/0142410705/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=14043268
Understanding Academic Summer Programs For High-Achieving Students
20 June, 2017
Many parents are curious to know which academic summer programs are the most successful. Success, however, will depend on the student: Academic programs can be effective — or not — depending on whether they are the right fit for a specific student. Should Your Child Attend an Academic Summer Program? Summer is everything that the school year is not. It is blissfully free of they typical schizophrenic school schedule, there are no assignments hanging over your head, You  have large blocks of unst