Monthly Archives: March 2014

Raising Strong Readers



 Educational researchers have found that there is a strong correlation between reading and academic success. Reading skills are critical for children’s development!  Here at WFSU we offer The Super Why Summer Camp program, which is a three week long program that targets children between ages 4-6, who have difficulties with reading .To help kids practice key literacy skills, we incorporate a lot of fun activities such as, body movement exercises, interactive literacy games, and branded music! This approach has been a huge success in the past as kids tend to take a liking to it!

PBS KIDS also really want kids to have a complex vocabulary as it is a good indication on whether they will be good readers in the future. To help with building a strong vocabulary you can always tune in to Martha Speaks. Martha Speaks is a really cool animated series on PBS KIDS that target viewers between the ages of four and seven. The main objective of Martha Speaks is to help kids reading comprehension skills by introducing them to new words in each series.  Check out these real cool activities and games!

Incorporating Music with Studying

sid the science kid


We all know that studying can be boring and dreadful at times, especially if the material is not interesting! Tired of sitting at a desk for more than 30 minutes to study! Spice things up a bit by incorporating your favorite children songs! Music is a really cool and fun strategy to use when studying for a test or preparing for anything that requires memorizing. Turning study notes into lyrics will enhance the memory capacity. Think about your favorite children songs and the way the lyrics still sticks in your mind and roll off your tongue years later. Most of us know all the lyrics to our favorite songs because we enjoy singing it or just like the way it sounds! “Row Row Row your boat gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream.”  Simply replacing your favorite song lyrics with notes the next time you study will make the process much more enjoyable! Check out these famous children songs  Feeling inquisitive? Also, check out SID the Science Kid songs and other cool games and videos here

Developing Healthy Eating Habits

whole foods marketEating healthy is very important in everyday dietary. PBS KIDS encourage kids and parents to eat healthy .Eating healthy will help you feel at your best , have plenty of energy, and it will also help you deal with stress better. It is important to encourage kids at a young age to practice healthy eating habits because it makes them grow into healthy confident adults. Eating healthy can also prevent and control many health problems, such as: Heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer. How do you get started on eating healthy? Well….First you have to START! Healthy eating habits develop by replacing foods with lots of fat, salt and sugar, and replacing it with fresh fruits and vegetables! Keep these tips in mind when shopping for Healthy Food! Aim for balance- too much of one thing is never good, try to eat from each food group. Look for Variety- Don’t be afraid to switch things up sometimes and try a new fruit or vegetable, Do Not Starve Yourself- This is a mistake that many people tend to make; eating healthy does not mean you can’t eat a balance diet…YES you can still eat your favorite candy! Just make sure this is done in MODERATION. Check out your local Whole Foods Market to shop for organic food. Here are some fun, creative tips to add more fruit and vegetables to your child’s diet :

1.)Top a bowl of whole grain cereal with a smiley face: banana slices for eyes, raisins for nose, peach or apple slice for mouth
2.) Create a food collage
3.) Keep lots of fresh fruits and veggies washed and available as snacks instead of chips.
4.) Have your kids pick out new fruits to try to make it more interesting.
5.) Present the food as a game or cut the food into unusual shape.

Making Exercise Fun

barney exerciseGetting your child involve in extracurricular activities can affect their academic performance in school. It also helps kids with time management, relieving stress, and builds self-confidence. Extracurricular activities such as basketball, choir, and chess clubs have been proven to have positive impacts on kids’ success in and outside the classroom! It is also another way to stay active and in shape. “When parents promote fitness as an important family value, preschoolers are more likely to remain active throughout childhood—even as many of their peers turn to television shows and computer games,” says Michelle May, who is an advisor to the American Academy of Family Physicians’. Exercising can be very boring if done the wrong way. Here are some tips to make things more interesting. 1.) The key to making exercise more interesting is finding something you enjoy doing so it forces you to do it. 2.) Make it a family event by blasting your favorite music and dancing with your kids, 3.)Play video games with your kids that requires moving around, 4.)Make a deal with yourself and kids to watch your favorite PBS show as a reward after working out. Following these tips will make you well on your way to living a more active life! Check out your favorite PBS shows here.