Learning Adventures Things for Kids to do in Los Angeles

Learning Adventures: Things for Kids to do in Los Angeles

kids in LALos Angeles is such an exciting city for kids to grow up in! From Universal Studios to the beaches, there are always lots of fun things to do.

What if you’re looking for things for kids to do in Los Angeles that are more than just fun? After all, some of the most memorable experiences in childhood are the ones where you are learning something new and having fun at the same time. Here are some easy ways you can be a super-parent by taking your kids on one of these awesome learning adventures! Read more

Do You Miss Reading Rainbow? There’s an App for That.

Kids of the 80’s and 90’s, remember Reading Rainbow??? No big deal, just the awesome show where LeVar Burton taught you that books can take you on magical journeys and made hanging out at libraries seem pretty cool. Guest appearances from celebrities and field trips to cool places didn’t hurt either.

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Why Do Kids Quit Hobbies?

why do kids quit hobbiesChildhood is a magical time of learning, growing, trying new things, and having fun! However, many parents feel their kids change too much, going through many phases of different hobbies. If your child wants to take dance lessons one week and karate the next, how can you best support your child’s growth? Read more

Brain Food: School Lunch Ideas that Boost Grades

school lunchYou are what you eat, right? If you’ve heard of “brain food” before, you’re probably familiar with the idea that certain “smart” foods contain nutrients that help your brain function at its peak.

So why not eat smart and start adding some serious brain food when packing school lunch for yourself or your child? Here are some of our favorite smart foods, along with ideas for incorporating them into a delicious school lunch! Read more

Tips for Parents: Help Your Child Succeed in their Music Lessons

help your child succeed in music lessonsI am often asked by parents, “How can I help my child succeed in music?” Here are a few ideas to improve the experience for you and your child, which can directly impact your child’s success learning a musical instrument. Read more

10 Ways to Beat Summer Learning Loss

Did you know that you can give students the same test just before summer break and again in the fall of that same year, and studies have consistently shown that students will do worse on the second test? When school’s out for summer, kids don’t stay at the same level of proficiency in subjects like math, spelling, and language. Due to a phenomenon known as summer learning loss, students actually forget about two months worth of material over summer vacation.

As a parent, how can you help your kid to beat summer learning loss? Read on to find out 10 things you can do! Read more

Parents, Should You Monitor Your Kids’ Listening Habits?

It looks like “Blurred Lines”, the smash hit by Robin Thicke, is set to be 2013’s song of the summer. With a great beat and catchy hooks, “Blurred Lines” is the song to get a dance party started. However, “Blurred Lines” has also started some debate with its sexually-charged lyrics and NSFW music video. No matter where you stand on the controversy surrounding Robin Thicke, one thing is certain about today’s most popular music.

Lyrical content is increasingly explicit when it comes to sex, drugs, and violence. Additionally, artists’ wild behavior is under closer watch than ever thanks to Twitter and gossip blogs. As a parent, how do you guide and encourage your musically inclined children when the content of their favorite songs may not jive with your values? Read more

3 Must-Try Summer Music Activities for Kids

“What are we going to do today?” “I’m bored.” “There’s nothing to do.” Does this sound familiar?

When school lets out kids often don’t know what to do with their free time, and they might start spending a lot of it complaining to you. Getting children involved in creative activities will get them excited and energized, and you’ll get some of your sanity back! Summer music activities for kids are a great way to keep little ones busy, learning, and having fun through the long, hot days. Here are 3 of our favorites… Read more

Better Together: Learn Music With Your Kids!

As long as I can remember, I have known how to play three basic chords on the guitar: C, G, and D. My dad is a musician and he made sure I had an instrument in my hands as soon as I could hold one properly. I’m grown up now and my dad lives on the other side of the country, but I still feel closer to him when I get out the old acoustic guitar he gave me and play the songs he taught me to play. The time I spent with my dad playing music will always be special to me and our shared love of playing music gives us a never-ending topic for conversation.

Not every parent has the musical knowledge to teach me as my dad did, but any parent can learn to play alongside their child. Sharing a hobby like playing a musical instrument is a wonderful way for parents to bond with their children. Learning alongside your child has other great benefits too! Read more

Our Favorite Educational Websites for Kids

If your kids are anything like I was, they probably can’t wait for school to be out for the summer! Summer is a great time for kids to play outside, spend more time with friends, and explore their own interests. As a parent, however, you’re probably on the look-out for fun ways to keep your kids engaged with learning and education even though school is out. Luckily, there are many great educational websites for kids that can help you keep your kids learning and having fun this summer. Here are our top 5 picks! Read more