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Preparing to Go Back to School

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By: The Kumon Team

August is a good month to prepare for the new school year while still savoring the joys of summer. If you’re like most parents, juggling fun and learning isn’t always easy. Summer vacation is meant to give children a break from their long days of school, but it doesn’t mean students should stop learning completely. Children who continue learning over the summer have a much easier time adjusting to the full-time school schedule in September.

While summer fun is at an all-time high, use the month of August to get them back into a routine that is more closely aligned with the fall schedule. You can set a specific time for reading a book each day and make it fun by establishing “together time.” For instance, you can ask your child to read a book that matches a summer activity you shared, such as going to the beach, riding horses, or camping. Enhance these special learning moments by taking the reading session outdoors on a picnic or under a tree. To show interest in what your child is reading, and to learn more about his or her interests and reading style, try to schedule the reading time before dinner so that conversation at mealtime is filled with questions about the story.

As the school year comes into focus, your child may have some concerns and hesitation. From new teachers to new friends, new schools to new schedules, the anticipation of school starting up again can cloud the excitement of the awaiting opportunities. You can help your child adjust to back to school by listening and forming a strong connection with your child. Doing this reinforces the idea that your child isn’t going through this alone and that the people closest to him or her understand the mixed emotions that come with new beginnings. August is the perfect time to turn back-to-school blues into back-to-school bliss.

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Museum Adventures for Kids in NYC

Art is a story and all children love stories, right?   Modern & contemporary art is usually about color, line, shape, technique, the idea (conceptual art), and society (overproduction of product, commercialism, mass-production, …etc).  To get your children interested in art, you might want to ask them, “What do you think this story is about?” and go from there!

Learning Adventures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Lauren Pohl, founder of Kidz Central Station  got to tag along with Museum Adventures recently on a tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 4-5 year olds. The tour showcased 4 artists tailored to young learners:  Rosenquist, Yves Tinguely, Roy Lichtenstein and Ellsworth Kelly.  During the tour the children learned about:

– advertising, color and everyday objects (Rosenquist)
– discovered lines in everyday objects (Tinguely)
– made lines, dots and patterns (Lichtenstein)
– and made our very own color wheels and color-mixing window collages (Ellsworth Kelly).

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The children and adults both enjoyed learning about the various artists and having the ability to sit down at the MET and actually do art projects together.  The tour guide, Claire was great at pointing out how to be inspired by the art all around them.  She also told the children about the backgrounds of the various artists. Parents were proud to watch their children ask questions, and to see how the art looked through their eyes.

One little girl at the end of the tour even exclaimed, “As soon as we get home I am going to go to my room and draw a picture of my family and use all the colors I saw today!” How cute is that?

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