Tyler Today April/May 2017 : Page 57

Moms Know Best Keeping Busy This Summer by Beth Bills, Founder of East Texas Moms Blog and East Texas Moms Bloggers: Meredith Bryans, Katherine Cowart, Tiffany Lewis, Katy Payne, Tanya Runyan and Lisa Stevens Artwork by Alexandra Doffing conditioning or sport-specific sessions where kids can try out a new sport without committing to a team. A couple of other great resources for exploring new types of classes would be your local community center, YMCA or public library. If you prefer a more one-on-one style for your child, check out your local newspaper or other social media outlets (like the East Texas Moms Blog) to locate someone in your area that teaches in your home. It’s hard to believe the temperatures are warming up and it’s springtime in Texas, again. Seems like we just boxed up the Christmas decor and celebrated the New Year. As moms, we are already starting to think about the summer break and what our kids will be doing this year. They are a year older and summer may look very different this year. Several of our moms from East Texas Moms Blog have come together to brainstorm some ways to stay “busy” this summer without breaking the bank or staying in front of an iPad or TV screen. We would love to hear from you and what your plans are for the summer with your kids. Be sure to share those with us over at East Texas Moms Blog! Local library fun Keeping up the learning atmosphere and encouraging your young readers can be a challenge during the summer amongst vacations and family fun. Giving your kids reading goals and incentives can help keep them on track; this is where your local library comes in! Most community and local libraries offer fun, tracking programs where participants of all ages can track the number of books they read over the summer to set goals and earn prizes for meeting those goals. Libraries often host story and craft times on a regular schedule during the summer to help boost literacy, and read aloud programs where kids Trying some new classes and lessons Are your kids ready to try out something new? Not sure if you want to commit to a school-year-long set of lessons? During the summer is the perfect time to test drive a new hobby without all the normal school activities going on and without a lengthy time or monetary commitment. Throughout the East Texas area, there are many places that you can look to for such opportunities. If you’re looking at something like dance or gymnastics, lots of studios hold weeklong camps or intensives where your child can get a feel for what they might like. In addition, local colleges are a great place to find, not only dance camps, but sports, swimming lessons, music, art or other themed lessons at a reasonable cost. Often times, local gyms offer APRIL / MAY 2017 57

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