Learn with your kids this summer with these Denver adventures

Most of the time, as parents, we encourage our children to do things we already know how to do. We help them with homework we did ourselves many years ago. If we are baseball fans, we sign them up for a team and smile when they first put on their uniform. If we play the piano, we help them read the notes as they learn an instrument. If we are multilingual, they learn a second language at home. If we like to read, they read along with us. Our kids also discover their own unique talents as they grow up. Rarely, then, do we have the opportunity to learn something entirely new together. And it is a surprisingly amazing experience. On a recent trip to the beach, my three boys and I all went snorkeling for the first time. So we got accustomed to breathing through the apparatus at the same time. ...

5 ways to help kids pay attention in the classroom and at home

Mindful Life School teaches children in Colorado to use mindfulness to increase capacity for empathy, attention, impulse control emotional regulation and intimacy.

How to turn your kids’ summer boredom into blossoming brains

Hard to believe it’s almost done. My daughter is headed to fifth grade. But there’s no time for nostalgia – I’m too caught up in the whirlwind that is the end of a school year. Then there’s the long, looming summer – a vast expanse that sounds great in theory – until it’s here and your kids are bored and they’re on the way to losing a good chunk of what they’ve learned this year. To help you keep the learning going over the summer months, I’ve collected some great ideas and resources from the awesome cast of experts at EdNews Parent.

Leave your mark: Let your “mini me” lend a helping hand

Always have a little helper at your feet? With patience and a focus on fun, you can do a world of good by letting your child help out with everyday tasks. Think of it this way: What may seem mundane to moms and dads might just be a life lesson waiting to unfold for your "mini me."

All kids are smart. Really.

Children differ.  Does your child . . . love animals? like to work with others? like to set goals? enjoy singing? do mental math easily? like word games? love maps? excel in sports? Everyone is smart. In some way. The examples you just read show the different ways in which children are gifted, or in other words, smart. Parents, you know your kids are smart. But did you know that there are many ways of smart? Multiple Intelligences Theory (from research done by Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard) identifies eight different intelligences or ways of being smart – where as traditionally we think of smart as linguistic and mathematical. Gardner suggests we expand our thinking. Thomas Armstrong, PhD paraphrases Gardner’s eight intelligences into kid language in his book, You’re Smarter Thank You Thin...