Preventing the Summer Slide

Reinforcing student learning through daily activities.

By Janis Adams

carolyn mahboubiWe are all familiar with the concept that students lose significant learning gains over the summer— the infamous Summer Slide.

One of the original studies on the subject from The American Educational Research Association states, “summer loss equaled about one month on a grade-level equivalent scale” and was found most detrimental for math. More recent studies, however, assert that the average student loses 17–34% of the prior year’s learning gains specifically in language arts. (more…)

14 Challenges for Emerging Adults

By Carolyn Mahboubi

carolyn mahboubiMost professional Coaches will tell their clients what to think.

The truth is we need to learn how to think.

I’m an expert in helping emerging adults integrate their emotions, core values and actions in service of their life goals. Teaching them how to think is the skill and mindset shift that leads to the transformation they (and their parents) desire.

They don’t need me (or you) to tell them what to think because they have inherited a world so wildly different from ours that we’d be at best, deluded, and at worst, harmful if we force them to follow our advice. (more…)

Improve Your Health with Hot Yoga

Owner of Hot 8 Yoga, Deanna Ainsworth explains the benefits of hot yoga.

Q: Why was hot 8 yoga created?
A: Hot 8 Yoga was created to have a clean, safe and serene studio to practice in the heat. The vision was to have a clean environment to practice multiple styles of yoga in the heat. I feel we have set a new standard of cleanliness for hot studios. Hot 8 Yoga is founded on the 8 limbs of yoga. Therefore connection with self and others is a big part of why Hot 8 Yoga was created. (more…)

15 Parenting Tips, From My 15 Years at The Pump Station & Nurtury

By Cheryl Petran
My daughter Daniela turned 15 in April, and with that I’ll be celebrating 15 years with the Pump Station! Over the years, I’ve interacted with literally hundreds of credentialed parenting experts and thousands upon thousands of expecting and new parents. I’ve heard EVERYTHING – so I thought it might be fun to share 15 tips I’ve learned over the past 15 years! (more…)

Planning the Perfect Family Vacation

By Gabo Najenson
Q:Why should families travel to Israel?
A: Israel is a very versatile country with a rich history of the Holy Land that has existed for over 5000 years.

Traditions and spirituality in countless historical sites have been preserved for thousands of years. Walking through many of the streets of Israel feels like you have been transported back in time. At the same time, Israel is the startup nation filled with modern elements of nightclubs, vegan restaurants and more.

The journeys within Israel will take you from ancient synagogues to breathtaking hikes in the wild. (more…)

A Revolutionary Education Approach

Innovation has been key to School of Rock’s success, beginning with its core music-education approach, The School of Rock Method™, which earlier this year, was awarded a U.S. Patent validating it as an exclusive concept and practice. The groundbreaking School of Rock Method builds musical proficiency through its proprietary Method App™, Method Book™ collection, SongFirst® approach, Method Engine™, and performance-based music curriculum. (more…)

Tips for Better Sleep and Stress Management

By Lauren Rashap, C.N.

Sleep accounts for 1/3 of our lives; it’s where we spend the much needed time to heal and repair the body. When we’re in stress mode and that sympathetic system is blasting, not only are we having difficulty falling asap and staying asleep, but we are reducing the time spent in the Delta stage (3 and 4) necessary for lowering blood pressure, promoting tissue growth and repair and releasing that symphony of hormones – my personal favorite -HgH (human growth hormone) essential for growth, anti-aging and muscle development. (more…)

Creativity, Confidence, and Time Travel: Why 826LA Emphasizes Writing

Cheryl KleinBy Cheryl Klein

Throughout the fall, volunteers worked one-on-one with elementary school students in the Tutoring program at 826LA, a nonprofit organization with writing centers in Mar Vista and Echo Park and at two Los Angeles high schools. The prompt: Write about your memories, both happy and difficult.

It all started with a birthday, the cake, the people, and ended with a gift. This birthday changed everything…the gift was a DOG! wrote Grace T.

My cat Mochi has black and white spots. He smells like cat food, soap, and fish mixed together. He makes a funny noise when he talks to birds, Nathalie C. described. (more…)

Test-taking Is A Skill

Danny StraussBy Danny Strauss
Founder of A Perfect Score
Test Prep Expert

What better skill to teach a young student than How To Take A Test?

Surprisingly, this is a skill not taught in school. Perhaps it is because we (teachers, students and parents) tend to look at a test score as a reflection of how well a student studied for a test, an indication of a student’s ability, or even as a measurement of how smart they are. But no matter what these tests are telling us about our kids, one thing these tests undoubtedly measure is how well the student takes a test.

There is a performance aspect to test-taking and perhaps it should be looked at the way we look at performance on stage or in a playoff game. Athletes, actors and musicians are certainly aware of having to perform under pressure, in front of an audience, and they factor that into their preparation. Students should, too. (more…)

Overnight Camps in the Time of Covid

Jill LevinBy Jill Levin
Are you looking to send your child to an overnight camp this summer but concerned about Covid? If so, you’re not alone. I think most parents are evaluating whether sending their children away during these times is a good idea.

You should know that the camps that I work with have learned what they need to do to keep campers and staff safe – and have done a great job accomplishing that! Some camps took on this responsibility in the summer of 2020. They followed CDC and state guidelines. For 2021, they shared these best practices with other camps and they remained aware of changes as they occurred. The result was a very successful 2021 camp season. I have every confidence that summer 2022 will be the same. (more…)