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!

Day 2: Meet Kisha

Image converted using ifftoanyHere for Day 2 of 10 DAYS IN FRANKIE’S WORKSHOP is Kisha! Super creative and the resident artist of JumpStart, Kisha is excited to share with you FOUR DIY ornaments you can make at home!

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Special Holiday Promo Coming Monday!

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Hey Jumpeez! Do you recognize any of the characters in this picture? If you can’t name them all, don’t worry. Starting Monday, we’re bringing you 10 Days in Frankie’s Workshop, an all-new holiday campaign where YOU get to meet the elves who’ve been hard at work getting JumpStart ready for the holidays!

Each day, there will be a post from one of the JumpStart characters who will share a fun craft to make with your family, a cool worksheet to help you learn or an awesome activity to do with friends!

Be sure to check the blog Monday for the first day in Frankie’s Workshop!

Fall Inspirations for Your Home

Photo by Martin Cathrae, ©2009 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

Photo by Martin Cathrae, ©2009 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

Something about home decorations help make the holidays feel complete– that is, in addition to quality time spent with the family! We gave you recommendations for getting your home in the Halloween spirit and we’re back with some more ideas for Thanksgiving decorations! As you’re taking down jack-o-lanterns, ghoulish ghosts and the rest of your Halloween decorations, switch them out with some of these fall favorites.

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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

Battling Summer Boredom

While in school, kids are actively engaged in learning and developing new skills for a good part of their day. Whether it is a textbook topic or more in the realm of socialization, it is as if they always have something to do and people with which to chat and play. As a result, it is as it they are almost conditioned to expect the same level of activity year-round, which makes fighting boredom in the summer months quite the challenge. With Labor Day and the start of school just around the corner, here are a few fun family activities to help make these last few days of summer really count!

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Find activity ideas at JumpStart.com

Plan a ‘Staycation’ – Are you able to get away from work for a day or two and enjoy a long weekend? Plan a short getaway with the family to a local historical site or nearby city. Exploring a new place, will give you ample opportunity to teach the kids about local history, wildlife, and more! the extended time spent bonding together as a family will be something to cherish year round, especially when schedules pick up at school and work.

Organize a Block Party – Make the ‘end of summer’ season or chose a ‘back to school theme’ as a reason to celebrate, eat and socialize with your friends, family, and neighbors. Designate a location, some activities and a menu. If you want to avoid doing all the extra cooking, consider having a potluck and inviting your guests to bring something to share.

Create a craft – Crafts, art projects and even fun science based experiments and activities can really quench the kids thirst for something fun to do. Best of all they’re easy to organize and a practical source of entertainment that is low maintenance for busy families. Tailor a few crafts to your kids interests and make sure to provide them with the proper materials to complete them. If you’re stumped on ideas, remember that JumpStart.com is riddled with activities, worksheets, and more.

How will you be making these last days of summer count? Share some of your favorite end of summer traditions for fighting boredom, here on the blog!