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Welcome to the Parent Resource Center. Our team of learning experts and parents have created articles and resources covering a wide range of topics for parents like you.

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Don’t Let Winter Break Drain the Brain!
by Clement Chau

The winter holidays often come with an extended winter break from school. It’s a great time for kids to relax and recharge, but it’s also important to keep their minds sharp so they don’t skip a beat when getting back to the school routine. Here are a few ways parents can encourage kids to keep their minds active while still enjoying the winter break...Read more


Beat the Winter Blues with an Indoor Beach Party
by Stacey Heneveld

After hearing the news that a certain large rodent saw his shadow earlier this month, thus predicting 6 more weeks of winter, the kids and I decided a little beach day was in order! However, since our beaches are currently covered in snow and our lakes are covered in ice caps, we’re getting creative and bringing the beach indoors!...Read more


There’s sNOw fun like Family fun!
by Stacey Heneveld

With a good portion of the US getting some amount of snow this month, many of us are starting to feel some cabin fever setting in. “Oh no! Not more snow! Will it ever end?”...Read more


Car Chaos - Tips for Beating the Winter Mess
by Stacey Heneveld

Somewhere between the snowboots, school papers and snacks, my car can quickly look like a disaster zone! Some days it feels like a never ending battle and spending hours cleaning out the car during the cold winter months is not my idea of fun. Brrr!!!...Read more


It’s Spring Cleaning Time! Yay!
by Stacey Heneveld

Spring cleaning has always been a perplexing event to me. I don’t recall saying, “Yes! I’m spring cleaning today!” But somewhere between my kids’ bedrooms and the donation center, I realize I am knee deep in a spring clean! Whether you planned out your spring cleaning or stumbled into it by accident, here are 3 helpful tips for getting the most out of it: ...Read more


Creating Your Own Kids’ Puzzles
by Stacey Heneveld

In December I shared some tips for “decluttering” in preparation for the holidays (see “Prepping for the Holidays: Declutter & Donate!” in our Parent Resources). While doing our own decluttering, my kids discovered a number of books on our bookshelves that were falling apart or missing pages. Not wanting to toss those well-loved books in the recycle bin, we decided to upcycle them in a way that we think your kids will love! We’re making our own book-inspired puzzles! ...Read more


Tips to Avoid Summer Brain Drain
by Clement Chau

While kids are getting excited for the approaching summer, concerns arise about summer brain drain, which occurs when students lose the knowledge they gained during the school year. Research indicates that many children show learning losses when they return to school in the fall, and that these summer setbacks are cumulative, resulting in increasing levels of learning loss over time¹....Read more


Five Free Ways to Family Fun this Summer
by Stacey Heneveld

Summer can all too often feel like it was here and gone before we even know it! That’s why we like to maximize our time together as a family during those summer days. Here are five summer activities the whole family can enjoy together without busting the summer budget!...Read more


School Readiness: How to Help Your Child Prepare for Kindergarten
by Clement Chau

Kindergarten is an exciting time for children but it can also be a stressful time of change, not just for little ones, but for parents too. Although each child is unique and develops at his or her own pace, most educators and experts agree that four key areas of development are essential for further growth and achievement in school....Read more


Spook-tacular Family Fun This Halloween
by Stacey Heneveld

We love Halloween at our house. It’s filled with a lot of spooky-fun family time and each of us has our favorite Halloween tradition. Here are 4 ways to maximize your time together as a family during Halloween: ...Read more


Gifts That Give More
by Clement Chau

With gift-giving season kicking into high gear, it’s a great time to look for gifts that give more and are not just fun, but also contribute to a child’s early learning environment. A recent study published in Applied Developmental Science discovered that exposing children to positive home-learning environments early in life could influence their achievement in school. When parents engage children in meaningful conversations and learning activities, and provide them with books and toys designed to increase learning, children are more likely to develop early cognitive skills that can lead to later academic success. ...Read more


Setting Family Goals in the New Year
by Stacey Heneveld

Before the calendar even rolled over to 2015, many of us were already looking head and making resolutions for the New Year. A running list of things we want to do (or don’t want to do), achieve, or try in this fresh New Year. But, as parents, it can become difficult to balance those 2015 resolutions while still finding time for our family. This year, instead of just making resolutions just for yourself, consider adding Family Goals to your the New Year! ...Read more