Hudson Valley Parent

HVP July 2018

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Page 14 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 15 Helping people with challenges live the fullest life possible. If you're looking for supports for children and families... If you're caring for a medically fragile child at home... If you're working to recover... If you're working to be healthy... If you're in crisis or know someone who is... ...We are here to help 1-888-750-2266 • A happy, safe and caring environment encouraging a child's physical, creative, and intellectual growth • Serving children of all abilities • Early and after care hours available Kathy Masloski, Director 845-883-5151 40 Park Lane, Highland, NY 12528 845-293-5600 228 Ward Street, Montgomery, NY 12549 AN INTEGRATED PRESCHOOL PROGRAM Learning Together, where children explore the world the way they learn best, through play! educational on CD in the car. It's especially great for those long summer road trips!" She also recommends foreign language courses to round out your child's learning experience. Practice math in the kitchen Reading and writing are fundamental for success for nearly every other subject in school including math and science. If reading and writing is all you can fit in for the summer, you're covered. But if your child struggles with or needs to focus on math and science just spend time cooking together. It turns out cooking isn't just a good life skill to have; it also includes math and science. Even baking brownies requires reading, using math to measure and then observing as the batter changes from a viscous matter to a solid state. It's science happening in real time. Kids will use multiple skills and they won't even know it. Get outside for hands-on play Really young kids learn best through hands-on play. Learning through play can happen anywhere you go this summer. Nature trails are a great place for kids to learn about insects and types of leaves. If they're not careful they can get a lesson in first aid too. Spending time outside in general is the stealthiest way to get in extra learning time during the summer. Take a hike or camp outside to encourage a natural curiosity. Rae Dawn Biegel of Saugerties boosts her kids' research skills during their summer camping trips. "We camp a lot in the summer. We frequent a lot of state parks. Many of them have a Junior Ranger program that keeps kids engaged during the trip. The programs incorporate multiple subjects. I also bring nature books along. If we come across a specimen, we (Continued on Page 16)

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