Preparing for smooth travel with kids

  • Written by Heather Jenks, M.Ed.

Summer break is just around the corner and that means it’s time for a family vacation! Whether you are hitting the road or the skies, traveling with kids can be stressful. You have to plan, pack, and then “enjoy” the trip together. After visiting more than 20 different countries with my kids, ages 2, 5 and 7 years old, here are a few tricks that I’ve learned along the way to make vacationing with kids more manageable.

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It’s time to choose a summer camp for your children

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The days are growing longer, and that means that time is growing short for parents to find the right summer camp program for their children, says Vivek Goyel, franchise owner of Kiddie Academy of Redmond, an educationally focused child care provider in Redmond. Popular programs fill up quickly, so the earlier families begin their search, the wider their choice of camps will be.

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School bus safety

  • Written by By Katie Larson Woodinville Police Chief

School buses are the safest mode of motorized transportation for getting children to and from school, but injuries can occur if kids are not careful and aware when getting on and off the bus. Additionally, our kids need to practice strong personal safety habits when waiting at a bus stop.

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Learning for the Long Run

  • Written by Carol Sexton

It’s sometimes tempting to overestimate the power of understanding material. That “ah-ha!” moment when one first grasps a concept is important, but it is only part of the journey. In order to achieve true mastery in any subject, practice is essential.

Repetition is the catalyst that allows understanding to become mastery. Have you met many athletes or accomplished musicians who have excelled without practice? It’s unlikely. Through repetition, we increase our ability to retain information and remember it quickly. Current “Common Core” standards can put too much emphasis on the “ah-ha!” moments and not enough emphasis on repeating skills until mastery (or fluency) is attained. This approach enables true and deep understanding rather than the light bulb moment of understanding.

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Summer camp for kids with learning differences

  • Written by Jen Fukutaki, Hamlin Robinson staff

It’s that time of year — parents are looking at summer camp opportunities for their kids. While those purely fun, creative and exciting summer experiences are certainly on the docket, many parents will also be searching for educational options — perhaps for a child who needs extra help due to learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, auditory processing disorders and others.  

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