Summer Enrichment for Students

Summer break is almost here! A time for fun, relaxation and leisure for kids. But why not take summer as an opportunity to do things that can really benefit your children and avoid the summer slide. Look at these five ways to make summer valuable for them!

By no means have I figured it all out yet. But I’ll share a few things that we do, that I feel helps my children explore, develop interests and be ready for the new school year ! Most summer breaks are 2-3 months long, leaving enough time for travel and much more that can be done along side these enrichment activities.

These five things don’t need to eliminate the fun of summer, in fact they can offer the stimulation and curiosity to keep things interesting for your child!

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Favorite Broccoli Salad

Most broccoli salads I have tried use a good amount of mayo, making it heavy on the stomach and difficult to take to potlucks or keep out in the summers. This broccoli salad which I came across on Cookie and Kate is light, crunchy and perfect for the summers! This salad is best paired with a tangy honey mustard dressing that doesn’t over power the flavor and crunch of the broccoli.

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Pakistan For Women by Maliha Abidi

I am actively on the look out for books that feature women who have made a difference in this world and pack a feminine punch! The last one I read with my daughter was What Would She Do‘, which showcased 25 brilliant women in history who have stood up for what they believed in. Recently I came across ‘Pakistan for Women‘, by Maliha Abidi which was published in March 2019 and eagerly bought two copies! One is saved for a giveaway for my readers on Instagram!

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The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

The book is The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah placed on a wooden board with an accessory of a candle and some bracelets

I debated writing a book review for my most recent read because I felt my words would not do justice to the depth and beauty of this story. Also, I was very late to the game. This book came out in 2015 and I just read it this past week! There had been so much hype surrounding this book – I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my expectation. But in all honestly I shouldn’t have waited this long!!

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Travelers In Doubt

Image Credit –  Anshu Bhojnagarwala

They had stopped along the first strip of shops that came into view. They had been driving for hours along a small deserted road and being confined like that was suffocating for her.

They walked past the small piano. Though dilapidated, he was sure it had seen better days. She wandered into the store. He knelt and started to play; striking each key with precision and softness.

She rushed out when she heard the music. There were many things she didn’t know about him, having married him just a few days ago. She dried her tears.

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Reading : Paving the Way to College

You have probably read countless articles on the importance and impact that reading has for students. Among the obvious advantages like building vocabulary, enhancing comprehension and providing in depth knowledge, there are also intrinsic values such as mental stimulation and relaxation! But how does reading, specially from a younger age, help pave the way to a good college?

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Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up: Sparks Joy or Triggers Anxiety?


Lay Flat. Fold sides. Roll in thirds. Repeat.

Have you joined the Marie Kondo cult as well recently? Are you now de-cluttering, re-organizing, buying perfectly sized baskets and rolling up your clothes in pretty little rectangles, so they can stand on their own?
I take it then, you have binge watched the new Netflix show ‘Tidying Up‘?

 

Image credit: Women’s Weekly

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Stand Up, Stand Out !

It’s never too early to stand up, speak out to help bring about change!
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a youth director who has been fighting for climate change for over a decade. Malala Yousafzai started talking about girl’s education when she was just 11! Standing up for what you believe in takes courage and a certain degree of tenacity. Why not share books with the younger minds that will inspire confidence and have them think about the great figures in history that stood up for what they believed in. After all, a book can have such a lasting impression on kids! Shouldn’t we try to put the right books in their hands?
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Thai Peanut & Quinoa Salad


Dinner in our home starts off with a salad at the table. Always.
Typically it is a garden salad, but on occasion I will try to jazz things up and make something different. Sometimes the new salads are met with ‘seriously mom, beetroot salad?‘, and other times, they are eaten up without a word! This one is a family favorite!

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