Learning Ideas

Let’s learn about Brazil, the home of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The upcoming 2016 summer Olympic Games are bringing immense interest to Brazil, its hosting country. The popularity of the event is a great chance for parents to teach kids geography. Introduce Brazil, learn some fun facts about this fascinating country and add some educational treat to the great sport event! Brazil is the largest country [...]

What does my child need to know before entering the kindergarten?

Every child is unique and learns at his/her own pace. However, most educational experts agree that some certain skills are essential to prepare for kindergarten, do well at school and develop knowledge further. What are the skills and concepts that children should know before entering kindergarten? How to assess if your child is ready for school? Our [...]

Planting with kids. Astounding bouquet of sciences you can dig in.

I can hardly find another activity that packs so much education and so much excitement for kids, as… gardening. Astronomy, geography, botany, geology, zoology, math are at our disposal… as well as playing and digging in the mud, watering and actually doing something “real”! My kids find it as much fun as cooking, but I [...]

Stop doing your kids’ homework and overloading them with activities! Or don’t?

Leisurely opening my Facebook page this morning I get startled by the screaming title of the first post: “Stop doing your kids’ homework!” The burst of fiery energy is just sweeping all the leisureness of this morning away, as I drawn in deeper into the article… You’ve seen it, I am sure. You definitely seen [...]

Learning to Read: Secrets of Success

“Teaching kids to read” is the hottest, most painful and anxiety producing question in parent’s discussions. Will the teacher do it? Preschool? Kindergarten? School? Phonics? Whole words? Montessori? Kumon? Natural reading? Reading-video games? Weird-looking reading animals at the annoyingly squeaky educational websites? Internet, social media, instead of offering a wealth of help, are adding a [...]

Birdwatching: super fun, super educational and super easy outdoor activity.

Finally. It is no longer so freezing that I can’t calculate how many overcoats, sweaters, hats I need to bundle up to take my lovely brood outside even for a little while. Love the liveliness and optimism of the spring. We all dash outside and… I have a terrifying feeling, that over the long winter [...]