Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Kenmore Park – Fredericksburg, VA

Kenmore Park is a great place to take the kids on a sunny day.  It is located on the corner of Kenmore Avenue and Mary Ball Street in Fredericksburg.  The park has a basketball court, lighted and unlighted tennis courts, children’s playground equipment, a toddler play area, and a field. …

Community Partnerships in Education: It Takes a Village to Raise A Child

Many teachers are overwhelmed.   With an increase in state and federal demands for accountability in student achievement, there seems to also be a failure to recognize a very important piece of the puzzle.   Although teachers are primarily held responsible for student achievement, most barriers to school success have little to …

Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Motts Run Reservoir – Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania, VA

The Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area is an 860-acre natural area serving residents of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania.   In the summer, the reservoir is open Thursdays-Mondays.  At the reservoir, there is canoe and kayak rental, fishing, hiking, and picnicking.  Bring lunch or dinner and eat at one of the picnic tables …

Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Central Rappahannock Regional Library

If it’s rainy or exceptionally hot, then it’s a good day to stop by your local branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.  Browse for books or participate in one of the many programs or events offered over the summer.  The library has a summer reading program for children of …

Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Bowling

  Bowling is a great way to get kids out of the house to do something active, but did you know it can be a good way to practice math as well?  Try to let your kids score their bowling game the old fashioned way and then check their math …

Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Canal Path and Heritage Trail in Fredericksburg, VA

In Fredericksburg the Canal Path/Heritage Trail is a great place to take the kids for some exercise.  The Canal Path is 1.8 miles and the Heritage Trail is 1.6 miles.  They connect together to make a 3.1 mile loop.  The loop is paved and has a bike path.  Not only …

Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Wilderness Presidential Resort Mini Golf

  Occasionally, we enjoy going to Wilderness Presidential Resort to play a round of mini golf.  A value at only $2 per guest, it is an affordable excursion even for larger families and groups.  A fun way to practice hand-eye coordination, patience, colors, and counting for younger kids.  It is …

Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Triathlon

My daughter brought home a small green pamphlet from her school for the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Triathlon.  This is a summer reading program for elementary students in grades 1-5.  Forms can be found at your local Barnes and Noble store, in the kids section.  The only requirement is …

Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Michaels Camp Creativity

Did you know that Michaels has a craft class for kids 3 and up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00 am?   They offer a variety of crafts that appear to be mostly geared toward the elementary age group and each week has a theme.    It is five dollars to …

Learning: It’s Like Riding a Bike

  This year for my daughter’s birthday, we got her a big girl bike. Shiny and pink with training wheels. If you live in our part of the country, you know that we are in the midst of an unending monsoon. It has rained for days. My daughter’s bike sits …