This Summer, Help Your Children Develop Their Historical Memory
Jul15

This Summer, Help Your Children Develop Their Historical Memory

Fort Wayne, IN (Grassroots Newswire) July 7, 2014 – With Memorial Day having just passed, and July 4th just around the corner, many children can easily mistake these national holidays (and others) as just another reason to celebrate. Synonymous with backyard barbecues, parades, and bright, colorful firework displays, the Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is anything but your average holiday. While celebrating is wonderful, we need to ensure that children understand the history that is behind the festivities that occur on our national holidays. Hajira Khan, Franchise Owner of Kiddie Academy of Fort Wayne, an educationally focused child care provider in Fort Wayne, believes that it’s important for children to learn about history – on a national, local and family level – and to help children understand that each of them is, in fact, a living part of that history. “Taking this view of history makes that common childhood question – ‘Where did I come from?’- take on a whole new meaning,” says Khan. “When children learn that they are not only members of a family, but also of a community and a state and a nation and the world, it expands the horizon of their imaginations and helps them see their own experiences, beliefs and ambitions in context.” As summer vacations begin, Khan offers the following suggestions for family activities that will help children form connections to local, family, national, and even global history – as they develop their “historical memory”. Visit your local historical society to learn about your hometown. Who are the key figures that played a role in your town’s founding? What contributions did your town or state make to the history of the United States? Explore one of the 400 parks administered by the U.S. National Park Service. Many have historic significance to the founding and development of our nation. You can search by state at the National Parks website: http://www.nps.gov/index.htm. Park rangers give regular informational tours at most sites. Trace your family’s history. Build a family tree – there are multiple websites and apps to make creating a family tree easier than ever before. Local historical societies also contain many genealogy resources. Study maps, both historical and the Google Earth varieties. How did the state borderlines get drawn? Who decided the shape of each state? Visit The Library of Congress website’s Places in History section to review a wide variety of maps that document historic sites: http://www.loc.gov/rr/geogmap/placesinhistory/. Discover how your state got its name. Mental Floss has a resource here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/31100/how-all-50-states-got-their-names “History should be more than just a subject that our children study in school,” says Khan. “Each city, town...

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Kiddie Academy of Fort Wayne Offers Tips for Choosing the Best Summer Camp for Kids
Jun02

Kiddie Academy of Fort Wayne Offers Tips for Choosing the Best Summer Camp for Kids

The below information provided by Kiddie Academy of Fort Wayne. Local child care experts advise families to start their search now for the widest choice of schedules and programs. The “official” start of summer may be Memorial Day Weekend, but parents with school-age children need to begin to think about summer camp programs now. Hajira Khan, Franchise Owner of Kiddie Academy of Fort Wayne, an educationally focused child care provider, reminds parents that popular camp programs fill up quickly, so for the widest choice of programs that fit your children’s and your family’s needs, the time to start the search is now. “Parents want their children to be safe, active and happy at camp,” said Hajira Khan. “Kids want to have fun, spend time with friends, and feel like they are on vacation.  With a little research, family discussion and give-and-take, both parents and kids can discover a summer camp program that works. But the key is to start the search early, while many programs are still accepting new registrations.” With so many programs to choose from, it makes sense to narrow down your choices with some practical criteria. Khan suggests using the following tips to find a program that fits with the family schedule and their children’s interests: Keep your needs in mind.  If yours is a busy two-working-parent family, you may have to rule out some camps that don’t offer extended hours or simply don’t fit with your work schedule. Team up with a friend. Talk to the parents of one or two of your child’s friends, and choose a camp that works for both families.  The children will have a built-in buddy at camp, and you’ll have someone to share pick-up and drop-off duties. Take an informal survey.  Talk to your child’s friends directly about their favorite camps.  They may help you add new possibilities to your list. Consider childcare providers.  Some childcare providers boost their programs with traditional camp activities over the summer.  This is a great choice if you have more than one child, as they accept more than one age group. Once you have identified the programs that will work for the whole family, it’s time to consider – and talk to your child about – the program itself.  Khan suggests that parents weigh the merits and benefits of different types of programs, like the ones listed below: Sneak in continuing education.  Good camp programs combine educational enrichment with fun activities.  At a great camp program, your kids won’t even notice they’re building on school skills. Try something new.  Summer camps are a great opportunity for children to explore their abilities and learn new skills. Your child can...

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