A news release from the Palm Beach County government and an article featured in The Sun (Belle Glade News) features...
Some tips to help your child not only retain their reading skills, but improve them …
Busy schedules leave little time for play and little time to be together as a family. In addition, screen-based entertainment is a constant distraction. Children need to learn again how to become engaged in simple games and outdoor play after the rapid-fire zap, zap, zap they get from screen activities. However, many family members may not have had opportunities to play when they were growing up so may not be familiar with simple games and pastimes to introduce to their own children.
For these reasons, TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment), created a set of Family Play Plans to provide some simple ideas for seasonal family activities. All the suggested activities use inexpensive or free materials that are readily available such as sand, water, cardboard, bubbles, or string. Unlike specialized toys, open-ended materials like these offer endless opportunities for rich, creative, and on-going play. The ideas can be expanded and developed depending on family member’s abilities and interests. http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/2017/family-play-plans
For this year's "Happily Ever After Begins with Reading" book distribution, Children's Services Council is providing a special new feature for early readers: a free e-reading site called BookFlix® for the summer. BookFlix®, brought to you by Scholastic, is an online literacy resource that pairs more than 120 animated stories with related nonfiction e-books. The books reinforce early literacy skills and build a love of learning.
To access BookFlix®, visit www.bookflix.scholastic.com. Use the login pbcreads17 with the password book, and read great books for free on your computer or smartphone anytime this summer!
Our community partner, Prime Time Palm Beach County, held a contest for all 'out-of-school time' (OST) programs to create a public service announcement (PSA) to bring awareness to the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy during the summer months. National Summer Learning Day helps to ensure children and youth return to school in the fall ready to succeed throughout the year. Check out the winning entries below for additional summer learning ideas!
When school is out, the Summer BreakSpot is in! Text 'FOODFL' to 877-877, dial '2-1-1' or click here for free summer meals near you! Kids and teens can get a free, healthy and delicious meal at nearby Summer BreakSpots while having a fun, safe place to hang out with their friends! Summer BreakSpot fills the nutrition gap during the summer by serving meals to children 18 years and younger so they can return to school healthy, happy and ready to learn.
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