Worksheet of the Week

Identifying numbers can be a challenge in itself for an early learner, so comparing quantities might be a topic that takes practice before its fully mastered.

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But fret not – our featured worksheet for this week provides you with quick and easy ways to practice. Share this activity with your Jumpee and let us know how many correct answers they manage to uncover!

Worksheet of the Week: Handwriting in Fall

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Frankie’s Back-to-School Challenge!

Hi Jumpeez – Frankie here! Now that you are most likely settled into your classes, I wanted to see how much you have grown in playing some of your favorite JumpStart games! As you might have noticed in our Games of the Week, we have plenty of activities to explore in JumpStart built to strengthen your mind and ability to take on our JumpStart missions.

JS-Blog-BackToSchoolOf course, one of the best parts of playing our learning games is seeing how much you improve as the year goes on! That is why I thought it might be fun for all of us to measure our progress in a game from each of THREE special categories I created. As we learn new subjects in school, spend time practicing these games, and take on new missions through JumpStart, we can all make ourselves better and brighter Jumpeez!

So are you up for joining me in this school-year challenge? Pick a game that matches the three categories below and get started!

1. Language Arts
Language arts include everything from reading to writing to listening! With so many different topics to focus on, it might be the most exciting to choose a game that uses a subject you struggle with. Need more help with spelling? How about playing Bubble Trouble in MarineLand! How about reading? Blast-Off reading is the game for you!
2. Math
Math and science can be challenging topics for young Jumpeez, so this category might be one of the most important subjects you can practice! Games like the Charm Creator in Windy Hollows help you learn the basics of measurements, while games like Cowabunga teach you about counting. Make sure to choose a game that is fit for the topics you learn in school.
3. Problem Solving
Our last category is not so much a subject rather than a set of skills that can help you with everything from completing science experiments to succeeding in test taking. For this category, why not try building a new racetrack and Shipwreck Lagoon and timing your speeds, or see how high of a score you can get in the puzzling Punk-Punk Drop Boardwalk Arcade game!

As you can tell, there are so many games to choose from to complete this challenge! Do you know which games you want to keep track of this school year? Comment below with your three games and post your current score!

Back to School Lunch Ideas

Transitioning to being back-to-school can be tough for kids of any age. Try to ease them into their new routine, try planning for a few super special school lunch ideas that can lighten the stress load or ease the occasional homesick kid. After all the summer season is one that’s hard to follow! 

lunchJSPinsFollow us on Pinterest to check out some of Frankie and friends favorite lunchtime treats and ideas for improving your brown bag or lunch box game. You will be surprised by how delicious and creative these healthy meals can be!

Popular lunch snacks:
Cheese sticks or slices
Sliced fresh fruit or veggies
Hummus and Pita
Yogurt and granola

Entrees:
Sandwiches and wraps
Soups
Bite Sized entrees – pizza, quiche, and more!

Share your suggestions in the comments below or head to our back to school lunch board on Pinterest for more exciting ideas!

Kick Off the Back-To-School Season

While summer might have been a blast for your family, it is probably no surprise that a few of you parents are ready to kick off that back-to-school routine. Make the end of summer extra special by regrouping with some of the parents from your kids’ school at a fun and festive back-to-school themed party. A gathering like this will allow everyone to catch up on each others adventures from the past season and reconnect before all the hustle and bustle of the school year picks up. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for an end-of-summer or back-to- school bash!
backtoschoolNot sure where to start? Stop by our official Pinterest board for a few helpful ideas and areas to address when planning your gathering. Here’s a preview of what you’ll find!

Themed foods
Packaged meals in brown bags and lunchboxes
Make creative and clever food labels

Décor
Turn classroom décor into party décor
Send out invitations printed on college ruled paper

Activities
Back-to-school family photo booth (set up a camera and a themed background)
Educational Yard Games or trivia sessions with prizes

Giveaways
Candied apples – after all apples are a symbol of the school scene
A few simple school supplies – colored pencils, crayons, and more

August is Family Fun Month!

Summer might be winding down, but that does not mean that the fun has to end so quickly for your family. Make these last days of summer vacation count by celebrating Family Fun Month! There are all kinds of exciting and engaging ways to continue making memories that will last your kids a lifetime. Strengthen your bonds by planning for a few of these popular summer activities that everyone in your family will enjoy.

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Outdoor Movie Nights – Do some research to see if your community has any scheduled out door movie screenings that are family friendly. If you can’t find one, consider screening a movie in your backyard using a projector or by simply moving a television outdoors on a warm summer night. This will allow the kids and your friends to picnic under the stars as a unique spin on an average movie night.

Picnics – August is also known for being National Picnic Month. Head outdoors to any local whether it be a park, the beach or any family friendly outdoor setting and share a meal with your loved ones. Pack a basket and cooler with some of your family’s favorite foods and bring along a few games and other activities to keep everyone engaged in some good ole’ fashioned bonding time – away from social media, electronics, and the internet.

Scavenger Hunts – Have your kids learn more about the place where you live by planning a city scavenger hunt with them. Use this as a tool to introduce them to historical sights and check out fun local haunts. This challenging activity will have everyone coming together to bond over a single goal, so make sure that your prize is enticing enough to merit the work that your family puts into the hunt.

Visit Zoos, Museums, and Aquariums – Encourage learning through first hand experience outside of the classroom. Taking a new approach to education can assure that your kids are able to quench their curiosity for the unknown through interactive and more memorable activities. After all kids learn through all kinds of different styles . Not to mention they will surely enjoy seeing animals and other classroom topics up close and personal.

Creative Workshops for Kids

Often time when kids begin school, their learning focus is on fundamental subjects like English, Math, History, Science and other tradition topics. For that very reason, summer gives parents the opportunity to approach learning differently and allow kids to explore interests outside of the classroom. One way of helping your kids develop new skills and learn to express their unique perspectives creatively is by taking them to local creative workshops. Often hosted by community centers and even a few stores and businesses, these classes are an amazing tool in increasing your child’s learning potential this summer.

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Think of creative workshops as classes. While the topics might not seem like those fit for the classroom, the activities themselves will help expand your child’s scope of knowledge and also allow them practice important developmental skills – motor, cognitive, and more! What interest your kids most – painting, acting, craft building, drawing, dancing, gardening, knitting, cooking or any other creative types of ventures?

Do your research and learn what options are available in your area. Other popular nationwide stores and business that hold workshops for kids include: Michaels Arts and Crafts, Joann’s Fabrics, and the Home Depot. But don’t feel restricted to these options. There might be day camps and other resources available in your community that you just don’t know about yet.

Get involved this summer and talk to other parents from your kids’ school or head to community centers, local museums and other public works organizations that might be able to better connect you with a few summertime creative workshops for kids!