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Archive for June, 2011

How to Protect Children From The Sun

Infants & Teacher with Bubbles C 

FUN IN THE SUN: How to Protect Children From The Sun

 

Experts estimate that 80% of total lifetime sun exposure occurs before age 18.  Children who learn preventative practices early in life may reduce the unhealthy effects of sun exposure.

A = Away

– Avoid long periods of direct sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm.

– Play indoors or enjoy shaded outdoor activities, especially when your shadow is shorter than you are tall.

– Reflection from water, white sand or snow increases the sun’s damage.

 

B = Block

Use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.

– Apply sunscreen every morning; reapply every two hours.

– Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure.

 

C = Cover Up

Use hats and light-colored clothing to protect skin.

– Sunglasses protect eyes and eyelids from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

– Cover up after swimming.

 

S = Speak Out:

Practice sun safety and show family members how to apply sunscreen.

– Discuss sun safety with coaches, camp counselors and teachers.

Information provided by ABCs of Fun in the Sun,” offered by the American Academy of Dermatology.  To learn more about sun protection, visit www.aad.org.

Adapted by: Kim Hensinger

Prepare for Summer Fun

Prepare for Summer Fun

by Dr. Kyle Pruett

Are you planning a summer vacation with your children?  Young children are natural explorers and typically adore adventures. But they love them even more when they have been prepared for new experiences.  Better-prepared kids are kids who cope better.  Here are some suggestions to prepare your children – to get the most educationally and emotionally out of your adventures.

  • Talk about where you are going and why.
  • Discuss how long you will be there and a few things they can expect.
  • Ask them what they think they will see or want to do.
  • Suggest some “I Spy” targets to look for at your destination. This makes them better travelers and learners.
  • Wrap-up the experience on the way home by discussing the surprises and the discoveries.

When you do this right, it feels like a shared family adventure in which everyone’s experience matters and contributes to its success. It also helps parents feel less like travel agents or teachers, and more like moms and dads who know what their children need. Enjoy first – learn second – remember always.

Choosing a Summer Program

Choosing a Summer Program

According to research conducted by the National Center for Summer Learning, which is based at the Johns Hopkins School of Education in Baltimore, Maryland, summer learning loss accounts for about two-thirds of the difference in the likelihood of a student pursuing a college preparatory path in high school. As these findings indicate, keeping children’s brains challenged throughout the summer is crucial, since the lack of learning that occurs during these months has both short-term and long-term consequences.

Keeping a child’s day consistent throughout the summer months keeps the brain focused and helps prevent learning losses during the summer. In addition, this can potentially ease the anxiety that often accompanies transitioning into a new classroom or school come fall.

Research has shown that programs like The Goddard School that have specific learning goals, use learning and developmental standards and are age-appropriate are ideal in preventing summer learning losses. 

 

Tips for Choosing a Summer Program:

  • Choose a program that is based on each child’s interests and natural curiosity – this allows children the opportunity to direct their own learning.
  • Ask for credentials, experience and training of the teachers/counselors.
  • Check the health and safety practices of the program.  Make sure you are comfortable that the program will be able to handle your child’s unique needs.
  • Inquire about the daily schedule of the program.  Does the program combine songs, stories, exploration, art, physical activities and learning adventures in a safe, nurturing environment?  Ask how much freedom a child has to choose activities.
  • Ask for references.