FasTracKids Summer Camps and COVID19 Learning Gap

The world has been living with the COVID 19 pandemic for six months and while there are signs of improvement, there are no signs that it will disappear. Science and medicine will have to take care of that. In the meantime, there has been a lot in the news about the world being in crisis. COVID 19 has created a health crisis. The closing of businesses has created an economic crisis. It has been very frustrating for all of us because we have no control over these situations. And yet, we are facing another potential crisis – an educational crisis – over which we do have some control.

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Let’s Play: Why Theatre is Important for Young Learners – VP of Curriculum Dee McDonald

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The month of September is one of the most exciting times for me. Our children return to schools and FasTracKids centers to reset the circadian rhythm of life that was left behind during lax periods of school holidays. I especially enjoy September because it marks one of my favorite subjects in the FasTrack® Fundamentals and Tots programs: Speech, Drama and Art.

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Reading…and Records

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

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A Grandparent’s Influence – VP of Curriculum Dee McDonald

My friend, Lorna, received great news several weeks ago. Her son was promoted at his job, which meant he would be relocating to Denver. Of course, Lorna was excited to be closer in proximity to her son, but she was overjoyed that her grandchildren would also be growing up in the same city where she lives.

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Music Makes It

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Why is music so important to us from a brain development and lifelong learning perspective? Our partners at Kindermusik® share their research and stories about the ability for music to transform us.

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Involved Fathers Make Successful Kids – VP of Curriculum Dee McDonald

Parents play a pivotal role in a child’s early development and fathers often become the most influential mentors. When fathers are involved in their child’s education, they help shape who that child is and will become.

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A Child’s Confident Voice

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Fear can hold a child back, especially the fear of public speaking. The good news is that as a parent, you can do much to combat these fears. To do this, one must first understand why communication can be so difficult for a child.

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Engage a Child’s Mind, Enjoy the Summer – VP of Curriculum Dee McDonald

School vacation is a favorite time of the year for kids, but is often the most stressful time of the year for parents. As children look forward to sleeping in and long days of relaxation, parents are left wondering how to keep children engaged and active during this unstructured time of the year.

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Traveling Taste Buds: Kids and New Food

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Trying new foods, especially those native to other cultures, can be daunting for a child. Even adults get squeamish when they travel outside their culinary comfort zone. This is why adults should lead by example by trying new foods and encouraging their children to join them.

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Cooking, Baking and Young Learners

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Cooking and baking are great ways to fill young tummies with delicious food and nourish growing bodies. But did you know that working together in the kitchen with your child can also nourish their developing brains and fill their young minds with skills that they will need later in life?

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