Presidents’ Day may have been established in 1885 to recognize the birthday of America’s first President, but most American families these days associate the holiday with a break from school and a chance to sleep late on a cold, winter Monday.
Yesterday, as I was thinking about a few more Valentine’s Day activities to do with my two-year-old, I ran across a Facebook post in which another super mom created an adorable Valentine’s hopscotch game for her kids – teaching them about numbers and shapes all while having fun. It looked simple, doable, cute and educational.
It’s February. Love is in the air. There are also a lot of spitballs flying in our national conversation. This Valentine’s Day, we could all use a dose of some good old-fashioned kindness.
As moms (we’ve got six kiddos between us), and founders of HOMER, the digital learn-to-read program that partners with parents to teach young children to read, we’ve been thinking a lot this season about books and activities that teach kids the importance of kindness, tolerance, empathy and understanding.
Valentine’s Day seems like the perfect holiday for spotlighting kindness and teaching our kids that even the smallest acts of generosity can have an outsized impact on the world.
Summer’s here and even though school is out, reading is an activity children should still be practicing every day. Homer, the #1 Learn-to-Read and award-winning iPad app that has been proven in a randomized study conducted of preschool-aged children to increase early reading skills by 74%, is one such early literacy and phonics program that can help.