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north sound living vol 4 #1 later and resume where you left off. You will be encouraged when one or more listings leap off the page, seemingly created just for you. "Our goal is to make it possible for students to enroll in our school and get the benefits of a career-focused education," Hamilton says. "We can guide them to sources of funding, but if they come to us having researched and landed a scholarship, everyone's job is that much easier."

tips that help parents keep their kids active and engaged while the weather's warm. Here are a few ways to help you and your child make summer vacation fun and educational:

Start the summer off "write" - Kids who write well tend to read well and vice versa, which can be a powerful combination that gives them a big boost in school. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, exercises like writing, which requires reflection, To learn more about The Art Institutes are actually a big deal for little minds. By schools, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/nz. teaching young children to remember and evaluate their experiences each day, you're Courtesy of ARAcontent developing their decision-making and problem-solving skills. An added bonus? You're helping them (and you!) identify some of the activities they love most.

into one-of-a kind bookmarks. To explore all the fun, educational summer activity ideas, visit Facebook.com/Target and click on the 'Play + Learn' tab ? and be sure to check back each week for new tips. Source: Target

Boost Your Child's Brainpower this Summer

What to Do: Work with your children on various projects such as scrapbooking, (Family Features) When that last school bell writing a neighborhood newsletter, or rings, kids celebrate the end of classes and making a picture book. the beginning of a long, lazy summer. But for many kids, the end of the school year Get out, get active - We all know that also marks the beginning of summer brain sports and outdoor activities can help your drain - and it could do them more harm kids stay healthy and fit, but did you also know that they can boost brain power? than you think. Children's advocate Richard Louv says According to the National Summer Learn- that today's kids are suffering from NDD ing Association, all students experience - Nature Deficit Disorder - because they're learning losses when they don't engage in spending so much time indoors. Outdoor educational activities during the summer play stimulates kids' creativity. Plus, it's been shown to improve their stress levels, months. their confidence, and their learning and social skills. Âť Students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do at the beginning of the summer.

Âť Most students lose almost three months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Âť Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement.

What to Do: Take a nature hike, grow a backyard garden or sign your children up for organized sports leagues or camp. Fun in the sun . . . with books - Kids who read throughout the summer perform better in school, no matter where, when or what they read. Studies also show that when kids read for fun (and especially when they read books that match their reading level and interests), they become better readers and are less likely to forget all the good stuff they learned during the school year. Kids who read frequently and have easy access to books also are more competent and resilient in risky situations.

So what's a parent or guardian to do to help kids avoid summer brain drain? As part of its ongoing commitment to education and to inspiring parents and caring adults to nurture a child's love of learning, Target is partnering with the renowned Search What to Do: Start the summer with a trip Institute to offer a summer-long series of to your local library; read outside by the light of the moon; or turn bits of nature North Sound Living • Volume 4 - No 1

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