“What a beautiful, sunny morning. It makes you happy to be alive, doesn’t it? We can’t let the sun outshine us! We have to beam, too! ”

Takayuki Ikkaku

Everyone’s heard about the “summer slide” that can erode student progress and key skills. This Buzz highlights resources families can use to help children and youth slide into fun this summer instead, while keeping them learning and engaged. Find suggestions and perspectives on how to keep our children up and running–and ourselves, too.

Enjoy this summer! Our best to you all,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Debi, Lisa, Jessica, and Myriam


Tips for Parents: Summer Provides Time to Reinforce Positive Behaviors at Home
Emotional meltdowns can douse a family during summer break. Read this article from PAVE for tips to create a positive home environment that encourages expected behaviors.

14 Ways to Help Older Kids Build Motor Skills
Children develop gross and fine motor skills at different rates. And while there are many activities to help younger kids work on fine and gross motor skills, they’re not generally aimed at older kids who struggle with these skills. Here are 14 fun activities suited for older kids to help them build gross and fine motor skills without making it seem like more work. Also available in Spanish (14 formas de ayudar a chicos más grandes a desarrollar habilidades motoras).

Summer Reading with Bookshare
Bookshare’s Summer Reading Lists provide enriching level-appropriate tales of fantasy, science fiction, #ownvoices, STEM, and other interesting topics. Combined with Bookshare’s helpful audio, word-level highlighting, braille, and customizable text and color features, summer reading could not be easier. Explore fantastic titles handpicked for young readers, middle school students, teens, and adults.

Why We Should Let Our Kids Be Bored
When her child complains, “I’m bored,” this mom no longer suggests activities to cure the ennui. Here, she explains why those moments should be treasured. “That’s great you’re bored. That’s when people have the best ideas!”

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The CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at lkupper@fhi360.org to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Debi, Myriam, Jessica, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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