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What Is A Solar Eclipse?

Have you been wondering what all this Eclipse talk is about?  If you’re like to rest of us, you may not know exactly what to expect!  Bridgette, from the iFamily Mom Squad, is here to give us the scoop on the Eclipse of the century!  Check it out…

What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

I’m sure these past few weeks, maybe even months, you have heard that something big was coming and to plan for it! But just incase you haven’t, this year, on Monday, August 21st a spectacular event known as a total solar eclipse will be seen all throughout North America.

What is a solar eclipse? I will give you a hint, it doesn’t have to do with any Twilight Sagas lol, just kidding. But honestly what is a total solar eclipse? Well according to NASA, a total solar eclipse is the “path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona”. Sounds exciting right?!  Being able to look up in the middle of the day only to see the sun covered by the moon! Awesome!

Who can see it? Pretty much everyone in North America and some regions of South America will be able to experience at least a partial solar eclipse. However, according to NASA, only 14 states throughout the US will actually be able to see it in totality. Want to make sure you can see it in totality? Check out this interactive map to see where you can see it https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/interactive_map/index.html !

How can you keep safe? We all know one should never directly look into the sun, even when it is partially covered. Nasa recommend that you use what they call sun filtering glasses. The protect your eyes from looking at the sun so you can enjoy the entire occasion. While it is ok to look directly at the sun during total eclipse, you’ll want to have some with you the entire time.

Where to watch in KC?

There are several places around the metro area where you can attend a viewing party and get some free shades! Check out this list below of places that are giving away free solar eclipse glasses while supplies last!

  • Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark – August 19, 20.
  • Kansas City T-Bones – August 19, 20.
  • Sporting KC – August 19.
  • Cabela’s – August 21.
  • Richard Petty Driving Experience – August 19, 20.
  • All Wyandotte County Museums – August 19, 20.
  • Rowe Ridge Vineyard & Winery – August 21.
  • Legends Outlets Kansas City (Management or Security Office) – August 19-21.
  • Science City – August 20
  • Independence Square– August 18-21

Are you ready to experience this awesome event? We know we are!

From iFamily to Yours,

 


Play Unrestricted: Another Way Of Learning

This week we are welcoming Ruth to the iFamily Mom Squad team!  Ruth is sharing with us how unrestricted play time can help our kids to learn and develop creativity!

Take a look…

 

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Play unrestricted: another way of learning

You don’t need a workbook, a teacher or a camp to keep kids learning and exploring. All you need is a little imagination and your child of course. Actually, the imagination doesn’t even have to be yours! Let your child be the creator, the inventor and the visionary. All you need are household items and let your child take care of the rest. Most of us have seen how small children can be entertained by tissue paper, cardboard boxes and bubble wrap. Believe it or not, kids can create out of almost anything. Give it a try for an afternoon. Put away all the play dough (an obsession in my home), toys, coloring books and definitely the electronic devices. Give them a bunch of random things and give them a topic or choose on their own and see where it goes. Maybe they will start a band, turn a laundry basket into a car or turn your plastic storage containers into a train.

There is no wrong answer

While they are creating, they are learning. Kids don’t need fancy toys to have fun and imagination is something often lost as we get older. The best part is that they are learning. Yes, exploration with spoons, boxes, tape, chairs, rocks, grass, and string are all things that children can learn from. You don’t need flashcards andworkbooks to boost their education. Actually, flashcards and workbooks do the opposite because they are BORING. Yes, I said it and I am a licensed teacher. Those tools don’t engage kids because children learn best through play.

So what are kids learning when they play?

They learn a lot more than we recognize. When my 3 year old turns our laundry basket into a car, she is not only developing her imagination, but she is fostering her problem solving skills. As my 6 year old is mixing food colors with water, bowls, spoons and cornstarch she is learning about simple chemistry and cooking. When all three of them are together outside in the sand box or in the yard with the sprinkler or with a pile of sticks they are developing their social skills through all their bickering over who does what, but they are learning to work together, share, problem solve and play unrestricted. By Unrestricted Play I mean that they aren’t confined by a box with directions or a game with rules. They learn best because they are developing their own rules as they go and using their mind to become great thinkers.

The truth is it really doesn’t matter what they are playing with (safe items of course), they are always learning. Offering your child many opportunities to play and create unrestricted helps their minds develop. As parents we want our kids to be successful adults, so why not encourage that way of thinking while they are young. They will most likely need those skills when they grow up!

Check out my Munchkins Page.

From iFamily to Yours,


Mapping Out July: Events at National World War I Museum & Memorial

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

It’s hard to believe that June is over and we’re heading into the seventh month of the year (where does the time go?!). We are so fortunate to have such incredible family friendly opportunities, resources, and events going on all the time in and around the metro area and we waned to share the full calendar of opportunities that are available to your family at the World War I Museum and Memorial this month. Take a look…

In the throes of the summer, the National World War I Museum and Memorial continues to serve as a destination of activities for people of all ages and interests. As children are on summer break and looking for activities, the Museum hosts a variety of events for children of all ages related to World War I.

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July National World War I Museum and Memorial Events

Wednesdays

World War Wednesdays (all tickets $8)

Thursdays

Complimentary Tour, 2 p.m. (FREE with paid admission)

Saturdays

Hands-on History, 2 p.m. (FREE to the public)

Calendar Of Activities

Sunday, July 2

Vive I’independence!, 2 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)

Wednesday, July 5

35th Infantry Division Band: A Home Front Concert, 2 p.m. (FREE to the public)

Friday, July 7

Save a Life: Centennial Blood Donation, 8 a.m. – Noon (Walk-ins welcome)

Sunday, July 9

Day in the Life: Soldiers on Global Fronts, All Day (FREE to the public)

Wednesday, July 12

Children’s Gallery Tour, 2 p.m. (FREE with paid admission)

Modernist Meetup: Curators’ Gallery Conversations, 5:30 p.m. (FREE for members only)

Thursday, July 13

Cinetransformer Immersive Experience of “Dunkirk” Movie Prologue, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (FREE to the public)

Friday, July 14

Film Friday: Jules et Jim, 6:30 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)

Saturday, July 15

Story Time: Why War is Never a Good Idea, 11 a.m. (FREE with RSVP)

Wednesday, July 19

Fueling the Fight: Foraging and Food Conservation, 6 p.m. (Tickets $10)

Saturday-Sunday, July 22-23

WW1USA Amateur Radio Station, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (FREE to the public)

Thursday, July 27

Pilates in the Park, 7:30 a.m. (FREE with pre-registration)

Sunday, July 30

The Great Car Show, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Tickets $5 for adults, $2 for youth)

About the National World War I Museum and Memorial

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum holds the most diverse collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and experiences of the war.

The Museum takes visitors of all ages on an epic journey through a transformative period and shares deeply personal stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. To learn more, visit theworldwar.org.

 

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36 Summer Camps Your Kids Will Love In July

Happy Tuesday, Kansas City! Like so many of your children, my daughter’s last day of summer school is rapidly approaching and (confession!) I haven’t made a whole lot of plans for her (yet) for the month of July. After speaking to many of my fellow mom friends, I know I’m not alone in this (and neither are you!) so we thought we’d share some pretty incredible summer programs that are available to your family for the rest of this summer! Take a look…

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36 Awesome Summer Camps Your Kids Will Love This July

Are your kids ready for some fun activities around the metro this July?! We’ve got a list of 35 places in and around Kansas City that your kids are going to love next month! As an added bonus, many of them have special discounts that are available to you within our monthly issue (which you can access online anytime through this link) so be sure to check out our guide to take advantage of extra savings when you book your child’s summer camp experience this year!

1. Science City 

Going on until August 4th, your kids can create, explore, and experiment at Science City’s STEM learning camps!

2. CYT KC

CYTKC has camps all across the metro area for kids ages 4-12 for musical and non-musical sessions including Disney Around the World, Disney on Broadway, High School Musical, Star Wars Episode II, Lord Of the Rings, and MORE! Learn more and get $10 off using the code IFAMILYNEW at cytkc.org.

3. We Rock The Spectrum 

At the metro area’s only indoor sensory gym with a focus on Autism, your children will enjoy Rockin’ Friends, arts and crafts, sensory activities, and open play at We Rock The Spectrum Kansas City. They’re offering half and full day camp options in June and July. Grab the details on their website and call (816) 844-9580 to pre-register. Single day camp admission is available!

4. Summit Stables 

Summit Stables offers a summer camp perfect for all riders, ages 6 and up! No prior experience necessary, riders will be grouped with those of similar ability levels for their daily lessons, taught by experienced trainers.  They feature lessons, horsecare 101, grooming, driving lessons, arts and crafts, water play, and finish the week with a mini horse show for friends and family so riders can show off their new skills.  Check out www.summitstablesmo.com for more information or call 816-607-1440 to reserve your spot today!

5. J Camp at the Jewish Community Center

This day camp also has a wide variety of activities for your child including swimming, drama, sports, culinary, tennis and more!

6. Paint, Glaze, and Fire Ceramics & Coffee House 

Join Paint, Glaze, and Fire for their 20th camp session! Children will have fun creating ceramic, clay, canvas, and glass fusion projects. Sign up early since class sizes are limited! (913) 645-1966

7. Sky Camp at Sky Zone

Located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, kids can jump around either for a full day or half day and this cool facility!

8. The Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art

Who said camp was only for kids? The Nelson Atkins Museum of art has summer art classes for kids and adults!

9. Emerald City Gymnastics

During any of the five sessions to join in on, your young athletes will develop their gymnastics skills, climb the 5,000 sq. foot indoor rock wall, enjoy fun playtime, participate in crafts and games, and get a fun camp shirt! Open to children ages 5 thru 12 with full day, morning, and afternoon sessions available. Grab a spot now!

10. Jacomo Summer Camp

Your kids can spend their summer, swimming, fishing, hiking, canoeing and more! Located at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center in Jackson County, Missouri! To request more information, contact organizers at 816-229-8980

11. Summit Lanes Lee’s Summit 

Kids bowl FREE all Summer long at Summit Lanes in Lee’s Summit! Children ages 15 and under can bowl two free games every day in the summer. Pre-register online or call (816) 524-3322 for more info.

12. Lori’s School Of Music

Give your child a taste of Music with Lori’s School of Music. Group summer classes are only $12 per week and are  a great way to introduce your budding pianist to music. Call for more details (816) 478-4838.

13. Horizon Academy

Located in Roeland Park, Kansas, hey offer academic tutoring for students with Add/Adhd, dyslexia and specific learning disorders.

14. Sion Summer Spectacular at Notre Dame de Sion School

Your kids can participate in Art, Stem, Fitness and health enrichment.

15. Accelerated Schools of Overland Park 

Students enjoy 90 minutes of creative expression as well as 2 1/4 hours of individualized academic instruction at Accelerated Schools of Overland Park. Open to 4th-8th graders June 5th- July 28th. Call for more info (913) 341-6666.

16. Ceramic Cafe

Fun themes that change with each camp session, their program provides instruction in ceramic art techniques including glass fusing, pottery painting, and hand building with clay. Email ceramiccafekc@gmail.com for more info.

17. Debbie Howard’s Gym

Located in Olathe, Debbie Howard’s Gym offers gymnastics classes, open gyms, birthday parties, and full gym rentals. They aim to teach your kids how to believe in themselves. Call for more info (913) 829-3006.

18. Kansas City Ballet Summer Programs 

Your performers will enjoy classes, workshops, and ballet camps at Kansas City Ballet this summer for ages 3-18. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your space soon! (816) 931-2299.

19. Theater of the Imagination

Located in Overland Park, Kansas, kids can act, sing and make movies! Plus when you enroll, mention iFamilyKC for $10 OFF!

20. Sunset Trails Stables 

Sunset Trails camp fun includes horseback riding, care for animals, outdoor activities, barn games, gardening, fun crafts, and more! Available for kids ages 6 and up in Lee’s Summit. Call (816) 554-7699 for more details.

21. JCPRD Summer Camps 

Friendship, teamwork, and exploration are all in store for your kids at JCPRD’s Summer Camps! They’ve got indoor and outdoor full day and partial day options available. Connect with Johnson County Parks & Rec directly for more information.

22. Kids On Campus KCKCC

Ideal for ages 8 thru 18, KCKCC’s Kids On Campus program provides sports, STEM enrichment, arts, field trips, life skills, and more during their day camp in June and July. Grab more info online and register for your child’s spot now before space fills up.

23. Learning 2 Fly

Learning 2 Fly is the place to be for curious minds and energetic bodies. Their summer camps are a fun way to enjoy aerial fitness and more! Call (913) 262-2600 for more details.

24. Shakespeare Summer Camps 

Camp Shakespeare is a fun and unique summer arts experience you kids will never forget! Taught by theater professionals in a neighborhood near you from Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Grab more info at (816) 531-7728.

25. Kanakuk 

Since 1926, Kanakuk has been providing America’s premier summer camp experience for boys and girls ages 6-18. here is no better way to create lifelong friendships and build your child’s character and confidence this summer. Call for more information (417) 266-3000.

26. Kansas City Young Audiences 

Conveniently located in Midtown, Kansas City Young Audiences offers camps and classes all summer long for ages 4 through 18. Schedules and class descriptions are available online.

27. i9 Sports of Johnson County

Located in Lenexa, Kansas, i9 offers a wide variety of sports for boys and girls! Focusing on new sports and sportsmanship while having fun!

28. Kansas City Zoo 

Zoofari Adventures and Junior Zoologist Camps are now enrolling at the Kansas City Zoo! These camps are an excellent way for your animal enthusiasts to get the inside scoop about the Zoo’s amazing creatures for children between the ages of 4 and 14. Camps start May 30th! (816) 595-1234

29. Champions Gymnastics Academy 

Starting June 5th, from 7am-6pm (Monday thru Friday), you kids can enjoy Summer Day Camps at Champions Gymnastics! Drop in by the hour ($5/hour) or pay $150/week. Call their location in Raytown at (816) 360-9879 to sign up!

30. Jazz Camp 

Kansas City Community College and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra present Jazz Camp, a summer program for people ages 13 and up. Includes lunch and a camp shirt. Call (913) 228-7503 for more details.

31. Camp Grow

Camp Grow introduces your child to 4-H! Completed projects will be entered into this year’s fair. The program is presented by the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame. Call for more information (913) 721-1075.

32. Crescendo Conservatory

Calling all fairy princesses and rock stars! Join Crescendo Conservatory this year for fairy princess camp and rock star camp. Twirling in tutus though a magical forest or dancing under a mirror ball are all in store for your dancers this summer. Visit online for more information.

33. Xtreme Gymnastics 

Registration is now open for campers at Xtreme Gymnastics! From Day camps to gym warrior camps and gymnastics camps, there’s something for everyone at XGT Kids!

34. Engineering for Kids South Kansas City

This summer camp introduces your child to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through project based learning! For more information you can request info from southkc@engineeringforkids.net.

35. Cub Creek Science camp

You kid can learn, explore and experience animal adventures! They are a sleep away camp and are located in Rolla Mo. Check them out, enroll here or call them at 573-458-2125.

36. StageWorx 

StageWorx is a theater day camp that offers various sessions for age groups from preschool through high school. They focus on providing excellence in theater performance, depth of personal character, and lasting friendships. Call (816) 536-2840 for more details!

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Crafting Art & Fun Memories Right Here in the Metro

Good Afternoon, Kansas City! If you’re anything like me, you love crafting fun creations with your little ones but don’t quite have all of the materials (or the space to store everything) it takes to make something truly unique. We’re excited to share a fun iFamilyKC Kids Club event recap with you today that solves that very issue. Sarah, from our Mom Squad team, attended one of the sessions this past Saturday at Create 2 Day and shares her experience with you today on the blog. Take a look…


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iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap!

You all know how much I LOVE Pinterest – I think I mention it in almost every week! I am notorious for seeing something and then getting obsessed with making it. The problem is the cost of buying all the materials to make this project probably costs just as much as if I bought the finished product. Finally there’s a solution to the problem! On Saturday, the husband was working so my mother-in-law and I took the girls on  a little trip up to Bonner Springs for our iFamilyKC Kids Club event at Create 2 Day.

Create 2 Day Fun!
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Create 2 Day is a little “old time experience” in “The Big Blue Building” in downtown Bonner Springs. The idea around this creative space is two-fold: being creative and going back in time to when life was just a little slower. As you walk in you are hit with nostalgia. They have knick knacks from the 50’s and 60’s allow you to leave everything else outside the door and just relax.

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Walking through you will see an old fashioned Soda Jerk (not a person by the way!) which prepares fountain drinks in the traditional way! There is also a stage which is perfect for live music; which they have often! Check out their Facebook page for details! The stage is also great to use for birthday parties or bachelorette parties to make it even more special for the guest of honor. The back of the store is where the creative magic truly happens!

What They Do

Do you remember that amazing Pinterest post you saw online? Remember how, when you priced it, the materials would cost way too much to justify the expense?  At Create 2 Day you can bring that idea with you, I will almost guarantee they have the majority of the materials you will need to make it!

Everything from wood frames to letters to cut off jeans to make a new purse! And every kind of decoration that you could imagine to decorate them with! If they don’t have the materials readily available they are sure to have something that would work in store or in the storage area. And the best part, everything is done by donation so cost is never an issue!

How They Work

Create 2 Day is always taking donations of arts and craft supplies for their collection, which is why they consider themselves to be a “make and take” location! When the girls and I went they decided to decorate a cardboard letter for their doors while others in our session made jean purses and one even made a fairy house which could double as a nightlight!

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After working out some of that creativity it was time for ICE CREAM from the Soda Jerk counter! Kate worked to make sure that every one of us got a cone. She even got to test her memory work when a few kids decided to change their minds!

Roberta and her family are enthusiastic, so helpful and obviously love a good challenge to their creativity. If you are in the area, I highly suggest a visit. Sign up for our iFamilyKC Kids Club online! Then you won’t miss out on any fun activities happening all around the metro area!

From iFamily to Yours,

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Summer Learning: A Lesson On Telling Time

The kids are out of school but that doesn’t mean that summer learning has to stop. Becky, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, has some great tips for continuing that learning for your kids over the summer. Take a look…

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Summer Learning: A Lesson On Telling Time

It’s summer time and the living is easy—unless you’re in my house and there are lessons to be learned! Chop, chop! Last week, it was all about introducing our 6-year-old to the concept of time. It was time well spent (sorry, had to). Here’s how I did it:

Get A Clock

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Get a clock, or better yet, make one together with a paper plate, some paper, markers and a brad. We already had this puzzle clock that worked great as a teaching tool. Or, take one right off the wall and take the battery out to use how you please. Hot tip: The Dollar Store also sells signs with moving clock hands like this:

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Use this clock to demonstrate time, quiz your child on time, and keep it throughout the day for the child to update the time.

Worksheets… I mean FUNsheets!

Every morning, practice with these FREE clock-themed worksheets here. For an incentive (it is summer) give him/her a bonus 5 minutes of TV/tablet/book time for every final worksheet answer they get correct.

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Schedule It!

Give your child a schedule to fill out and try and stick with it. They will quickly learn how you really can’t do everything in one day.

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Stopwatch

Finally, a real answer to “Are we there yet?” Let your child use your stopwatch app on your phone in the car to get a better understanding of how long it will take to get somewhere.

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Books & Dvds

Get a week’s worth of books and DVDs that are time-related from the library. From educational to silly, there are all kinds of kid books around the theme of time.

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Reward

Bonus! As an award learning how to tell time, at the end of the week take a field-trip to shop for a watch together. (Feel free to set a time limit on his/her decision.)

From iFamily to Yours,

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Becky Ervin is a creative director, mother of three, and blogs at PartyBoxKC.com/blog


Beat The Summer Slide: A How To Guide

Avoiding the summer slide can be difficult, especially when your children are eager to get out and enjoy pool time, run around with friends, and get away for that much needed family vacation. Make sure that your child doesn’t fall behind before the new school year starts with these six simple (and fun) ideas from Erin. Take a look…

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 Beat The Summer Slide: A How To Guide

School is out for the summer!  My kids and I are embracing summertime full force with picnics, parks, pool time, and nature walks. We are loving summer and I know the “official start” to summer may be up for debate but it has definitely started in our house!  I definitely plan on sharing some super fun summer activities and boredom busters later on this season! However, I thought it was important to share with you some tips on beating the summer slide, where knowledge and skills are lost over the course of summer.  I read a statistic recently that said when kids go back to school in the fall that teachers will spend around six weeks re-teaching old material to make up for lost time.  My kids’ education is so important to me, so hearing that stat made me think about some ways to beat that summer slide and keep the kids learning and on track for the next school year.  Take a look at some ideas here and feel free to add your own ideas below in the comments.

#1 Read

Read 20 minutes a day. Read aloud. Have your child read to you. Listen to audio books. Lead by example and encourage your kids to read by enjoying a book yourself. Let your child pick out a book based on their own interests.  Read outside on sunny days or build a fort on rainy days and read inside the fort. Make it fun and engaging!

#2 Visit The Local Library

The MCPL branches have a fantastic summer learning program going on now until July 31st for ages birth to 19 years!  Kids can earn points by reading, doing small various activities at home and attending programs throughout the summer. Book prizes are awarded with each completed level and drawings are taking place throughout the summer for tickets to the Royals, Legoland, Powell Gardens, Coco Key, and much much more! Check it out and sign up online.

#3 Sharpen Math Skills

There are some awesome math apps out there like Reflex, which uses fun games to practice math skills.  You can also create good ole fashioned flash cards for addition and subtraction, multiplication and division facts.  Workbooks and activity books can be fun for road trips or for the daily commute. I’ve found some great flashcards and workbooks at Dollar Tree and Five Below.

#4 Take Field Trips

KC has SO many things to do for kids! Make it fun and educational by visiting fun places: Union Station and Science City, Money Museum, SEALIFE, KC Zoo, Harry S. Truman museum, Burr Oak Woods, National WWI Museum and the list goes on and on.

Pro Tip: Check out FieldTripGuideKC.com for inspiration on enriching activities for your kids! 

#5 Learn Around The House

Use everyday tasks you can encourage your kids to learn different things.  Take the kids grocery store and give them a chance to practice math skills, cook together, do fun science experiments with everyday household items, measure things inside and outside the house, chart the weather highs and lows and different weather patterns.

#6 Play Board Games

Uno, Monopoly, Bananagrams, Battleship, Memory, Hi Ho Cherry-O, Checkers and Chess, Dominoes are all great games to boost brain power!

By providing opportunities for your kiddos to keep learning throughout the summer months, you will give them an excellent head start to school in the fall and have some fun in the meantime!  And the teachers will thank you for it too!

From iFamily to Yours,

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“Camp Out” This Summer at the Nelson Atkins!

It’s that time of year, Kansas City! The time of year that you realize summer will be here before you know it! If you have a little family member who loves all things art, consider a summer camp at the Nelson-Atkins this summer. They have something for nearly all ages (3 and up), so get on it and check out what they have to offer!

“Camp Out’ This Summer at the Nelson-Atkins!

From knights, dragons, and animation, to cartoons, animals and nature, camp and classes at the
museum have something for everyone!
Full-day camps, multiple week classes and one-time workshops allow you to personalize your art-making experience.
Complete listings and details available at:
*Museum members receive a discount

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamilyKC Team


10 Super Fun & Easy DIY Learning Activities

Howdy, Kansas City! It can be easy to get complacent in learning with the kiddos. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette (and homeschooling mom extraordinaire) has some great ideas to have fun AND facilitate learning at home. Check it out..

10 Super Fun & Easy DIY Learning Activities

10 Super Fun & Easy DIY Learning Activities

As a homeschooling parent, curriculums, supplies and everything that goes along with it can really start to add up! So when my husband and I decided to homeschool, I scoured the internet for affordable curriculums and how I could easily keep the kids interested. Then I headed to the Dollar Tree and compiled lists of items that I could use to pair with lessons or just to use for added practice.
These are some of our favorite learning activities that we have done our first year of homeschooling.

 

#1 Rice tray letter

 

10 Super Fun & Easy DIY Learning Activities

Place a small amount of rice/sand/sprinkles on a small tray. You can point to letters on a poster like I do, write the letters down or print off flash cards. Have your child write each letter in the rice to practice their hand writing and letter recognition.

#2 Dot game

 

10 Super Fun & Easy DIY Learning Activities

 

A classic game that uses pure brain power! On a sheet of paper, create a grid of dots using a marker or pen. Then if you have younger kiddos, demonstrate how they each take turns connection lines so that they are the one to make a square. It took my 5 year old a few tries and given squares to fully get the hang of it. However, this keeps my older two busy for hours!

#3 Healthy food collage

 

10 Super Fun & Easy DIY Learning Activities

 

Physical and Health is very important in school curriculums. One of the kid’s favorite things to do is projects. So instead of letting those weekly ads go to waste, let them look through and find items that cover the selected topic and use them to make collages!

#4 Lego maze

This is great for practicing STEM. Grab a marble and all those Legos! Measure the width of the marble and have your child create a maze for the marble to roam through! Make it challenging by requiring so many “turns” of the base. Check out this example.

#5 Popsicle sentence structure

 

10 Super Fun & Easy DIY Learning Activities

 

This is one of my favorite games. It has helped Baltimore easily create full sentences. Grab a piece of paper and colored Popsicle sticks. Then on the paper, take 4 different color markers and write who, what, where and when. Then on the colored Popsicle sticks write a who, what, where and when on the corresponding colored sticks. Then pick one from each color and lay them in the same order as the WWWW.

#6 Make 10

10 Super Fun & Easy DIY Learning Activities

 

This game only requires a deck of cards! Taking out the face cards and jokers, pass out four cards face up. Have your child look at the cards and see which two or three cards add up to 10. If they can add up tp 10, set the cards aside in a new pile and deal out new cards to replace the ones that made 10. If they can’t make 10, let them hand you one card, place it at the bottom of the deck and deal a new card. This is also great for helping with quick adding and memorizing fact families!

#7 Kaboom

Grab some more popsicle sticks! 29 to be exact. On each stick write a letter until you have reached all 26. Then on the last three write the word KABOOM. Place the sticks letter/word side down and mix them up. Take turns drawing a stick and reading the letter and saying a word that starts with that letter. When someone grabs the KABOOM stick, all their sticks must go back into the jar and they have to start all over again. First one to get the most letters (when 3 kabooms left) wins!

#8 Shape sticks

10 Super Fun & Easy DIY Learning Activities

 

As you can see we use a lot of these lol! You can get 100 for $1 so why not lol. Take the sticks and write the shape and number of sides. Then have your kiddo sort through the sticks and place them in place to make shapes!

#9 Straw maze

10 Super Fun & Easy DIY Learning Activities

 

Like the Lego maze, this is great to practice many things but this time, the straws add a special element. The straws are longer and cannot be manipulated the same way as a Lego. This will get their brains churning with ideas on how they can manipulate them!

#10 State trading cards

These are always cool when learning about the US and even other countries! You can print these off  or make your own!

 

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In Case You Missed It: All Around Child

Happy Thursday, KC! How great would it be to have an email, delivered conveniently to your inbox, that gave you the inside scoop of all things FAMILY (including discounts and deals)?! Well, friends, we have got the answer – be sure to sign up for our newsletter here, so you never miss a chance at a great deal, including this email from All Around Child, a preschool focused on a child’s “innate investigative nature.” Take a look…

 

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Do you know Reggio? 
Reggio Emilia inspired schools have a strong appreciation for each child’s innate investigative nature.  They know that children learn by doingasking questions, and reflecting on the outcomes.  They support the ideals that children need choices, risk-taking opportunities, opportunities to problem solve, and encouragement to use their potential to think creatively.  When given these opportunities, children can develop a lifelong love of learning.

How do we support their investigative nature? 

To stay genuine to the ideals of true Reggio Inspired programs, there are no “pre-determined” lesson plans.  Rather, each day is a new opportunity to build on yesterday’s connections.  The children have the opportunity to use their relationships with their multi-aged peers and the guidance of their teachers to work on a masterpiece; a project.  One that they discoverinvestigateand build upon through science, math, literacy, social experiences, physical movement, and exploration of the arts.

Where does the journey start?

All Around Child is a family owned, operated and oriented early childhood program that has been serving children ages 2 weeks to 12 years since 2004.  Our curriculum is strongly based on educational achievement, the development of well-rounded social skills, and an introduction to the arts.  Our state-of-the-art facility, workshops, gardens and playgrounds are not only child friendly, safe, and inviting but also fun and full of constant adventure. Each space is a place of research, invention, and empathy expressed through what is often referred to as the “Hundred Languages” of the child.

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And every day, there will be joy in their discovery.

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