20 Things to Do before Summer Ends

by Katie Brazerol

sisters in a museumI was approached by a child care provider in my neighborhood, and she said she’s been struggling this summer to find things to do to keep the children in her care, especially the older ones, from fighting and exclaiming, “I’m bored!”

Although most of us look forward to summer, the change in routine can be tough on children. The structure of the day is often more relaxed  creating a challenge for children who become bored easily. Here is a list of 20 activities to try:

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Hip, Hip, Hooray! It’s Independence Day!

by Judy Mullican

Brightly colorful fireworks in the night skyPicnics, parades, fireworks, and more are all part of the fun when we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th! This holiday commemorates the approval of the Declaration of Independence, which officially proclaimed our nation as an independent country.  In explaining the holiday to young children, we often speak of it as the birthday of the United States. In honor of this occasion, here are a few ways to celebrate:

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