Child Sense: Summer safety

The wonderful thing about summer is being able to enjoy the great outdoors, whether simply going to the park, the beach or a friend's cookout. Summer can also be a time of accidents, but by being aware of your child's dominant sense you can be a little more prepared and aware of possible trouble spots.


Kids' summer boredom makes no sense

The first time one of my kids said "I'm bored" this summer, I thought how funny it would be if I said that. If I woke up one morning, wandered into the den, plopped down on the sofa and announced to the kids, "I'm so bored, there's nothing to do." How good that would feel. And how shocked everyone would be.


Book review: 'Ice Cream Summer' is a silly, sweet treat with an educational twist

Parents need to know that "Ice Cream Summer," by three-time Caldecott Honoree Peter Sis, celebrates ice cream and summer as well as imagination, learning... and grandpas! This lively picture book shows how following your interests can be a fun way to practice during the summer what you learned during the school year. The cleverly intricate, lively watercolor illustrations are imaginative, and together with simple text they tell a story with an educational twist. This may not be the book for those avoiding sugar and ice cream, but it definitely will appeal to readers who enjoy an occasional scoop or two!

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