Hidden Magic for Kids at Walt Disney World

Hidden Magic for Kids at Walt Disney WorldWalt Disney World is truly the most magical place on Earth. Since there is so much to see and experience you might miss some of these hidden treasures of fun perfect for the Disney Kids in your family.  These activities are included with your park admission, fun, educational, and gives you a glimpse into often overlooked details and areas of Walt Disney World. I knew about a few of these when we [more]

Showing Our DisneySide at our Disney Kids Preschool Playdate!

Showing Our DisneySide at our Disney Kids Preschool Playdate! *I have received free products in order to host the Disney Kids Preschool Playdate. The opinions expressed here are my own. My kids are Disney Kids. I am a slightly bigger Disney Kid. Yes, I am that mom who sings right along with Sharky and Bones, Sophia, and knows all the character moves to the Hot Dog song.   Hosting a Disney Kids Preschool Playdate was another chance to show our Disney [more]

Big Hero 6 Movie Review & Free Print Outs! #BigHero6

Big Hero 6 Movie Review & Free Print Outs! #BigHero6 Big Hero 6 is based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada needs to harness his genius and save his world. He couldn’t do it alone though. Hiro, Baymax, Go Go Tamago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred, create their organ story, fights the villains, and learn what it takes to be heroes like the ones they read about in comics.  Big Hero 6 is and epic [more]

Littlest Pet Shop Party Fun! #LittlestPetShop #MC #Sponsored

Littlest Pet Shop Party Fun! #LittlestPetShop #MC #SponsoredI participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Littlest Pet Shop. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. As a little girl, these cool new toys were introduced and I had to have them. Littlest Pet Shop was the perfect gift for this animal lover who dreamed of becoming a veterinarian or zoologist. Fast-forward and my daughter now loves playing with [more]

Do You Have to Plan Everything for a Disney Vacation?

Do You Have to Plan Everything for a Disney Vacation?Do you have to plan everything for a Disney Vacation? This is a question I get a lot from friends trying to prepare for the most magical place on Earth.   My journeys around the internet have also led me to the conclusion that a lot of Guests believe that they cannot enjoy the Disney Parks without a lot of planning and stressing over every detail.  I believe that contrary to those opinions you [more]

Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Perfect for the Frozen Fan in Your Home!

Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Perfect for the Frozen Fan in Your Home!Last night, the family and I went to see Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Two words: LOVED it! The show itself, from the sets to the cast to the special effects, was amazing. We enjoyed every minute of it. I am not ashamed to say it wasn't just the kids singing along to all the Frozen songs. Who could resist singing Let it Go with Elsa? Or In Summer with [more]

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Tips for Preventing Summer Learning Loss

Tips for Preventing Summer Learning Loss

Preventing Summer Learning Loss, Free Websites for Kids, 10 Free Educational Websites, Summer Boredom Busters

I hate to be the Debbie downer of your summer fun but the facts are the facts. According to the Children’s Aid Society, children lose on average 2 months of grade level equivalency in math and reading during the summer. That can cause serious issues when school starts back up. You don’t want your child to fall behind but you are not trying to audition for world’s biggest villain either. Destroying the fun of summer will not win you any admiration.

So what can you do to prevent summer learning loss without causing a mutiny and cries of Moooooooommmm you are soooooo not fair!!!

As a former teacher, I have some advice that will help stop summer learning loss without stopping the fun. It involves a little bit of trickery and a lot of coffee (for you not them) but it will work. Two for the price of one: these tips can also help combat boredom.

Sign up for the Summer Reading Program at your Local Library.

This program is free, fun, and your child gets to experience books they might not normally choose. Also included are special hands on learning events related to the theme. For instance this year our theme is “In your backyard” and one event includes an interactive meet n greet with local wildlife like turtles, lizards, and frogs.

Take Field Trips to Museums, Historic Sites, or Parks.

I like to research the places ahead of time and come up with a scavenger hunt. For my 4year old I keep it easy but for Miss Smarty Pants (she knows everything at 7) I make it challenging. 

Play Board Games.

Bring back family game night and work in some learning while you are at it.  From Candyland all the way to Scrabble and Yahtzee, there is a game for every age. Remember it’s not who wins or loses overly competitive parent… it’s about the learning.Just saying!

Embrace your Inner Chef.

Not only is this a great idea for learning moments it is also shown to have a positive effect on picky eaters. Dust off your cookbook or have the kids pick one out at the library and choose a recipe to try. I get my kids involved in every aspect of the meal. They help me shop for things at the grocery store where my youngest spots the colors and helps me count how many of each item we need. Once in the kitchen my oldest will help measure the ingredients and both of them like to taste test. I fully endorse licking the spoon!

Host a Quiz Bowl. 

Everything is more fun as a game. Focus on areas they struggle with or let them choose the topic. My daughter loves to quiz me on math and spelling. Albeit early in the morning before I’ve had time to drink my coffee. If you mess up wink wink they love the idea of being able to correct you. Why is that?

10 Free Learning Websites:

  • PBS Kidslearning games featuring your favorite characters from PBS.
  • Math ManipulativesMath Playground offers a variety of math games for older children
  • National Geographic Kids – all the education you would expect of National Geographic but presented in a fun way
  • Into The Book- Reading games for children and resources for teachers and parents. Offers tools for reading comprehension such as inferring, evaluating, questioning, and summarizing
  • Fun brainperfect for grades K-8th, offers math, reading, games, and more.
  • Switcheroo Zoo- learn about geography, environment, and wildlife while creating your own animals and habitats.
  • Seussville- learn alongside your favorite Dr. Seuss characters with games, activites, videos, and more
  • Starfall- reading resources for children beginning to those who can read on their own
  • ABCya- educational games for grades K-5th Grade
  • Fun Braineducation games, books, and comics for PreSchool thru 8th Grade

Above all Make it Fun.

I don’t want to be chain to a desk reciting times tables any more than they do! We as parents are not out to ruin their summer vacations. They deserve a break from homework and the rigors of a classroom schedule. But they do still need to be engaging their minds. My hope is that these ideas will help you and your children have a productive and awesome summer vacation!

Wordless Wednesday: What a Teacher Really Wants to Say

Wordless Wednesday: What a Teacher Really Wants to Say

What a Teacher Really Wants to Say About Ashley Saunders Ashley is a former teacher turned mom of one girl and one boy. She describes herself as almost crunchy which means she lives a healthy, natural life all while driving her SUV. More about Ashley →

Directions, Please!

Directions, Please!

Honestly, sometimes I do not know what I am doing… I am not just talking about parenting, marriage, or friendship either. No, I mean me, Ashley, and all the things that make up my life. I am literally an organizational, border line OCD person who simultaneously can be scatter brained. Not sure how that evenContinue Reading

Excuse Me!?!

Excuse Me!?!

Over the weekend I was waiting around a crowded dance studio while my daughter was rehearsing for an upcoming recital. When I say crowded, I mean standing room only and you better hope everyone is wearing deodorant. I navigated my way over to a spot by the bathroom door. Everyone who came by politely askedContinue Reading

The Tortoise and The Hare

The Tortoise and The Hare

We all remember the Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare. The egomaniac spastic hare teases the tortoise who then challenges him to a race. You know the rest, the hare super confident in his abilities takes a nap mid-race and awakes to the tortoise winning the race. The moral? Slow and steady winsContinue Reading

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