Have Pressing Back to School Questions? Ask Nancy B

Nancy B Science and Math Expert at Educational Insights
Nancy B, is Educational Insights’ resident Science and Math expert, plus she’s a former teacher and all around cool mom. Basically, she knows what works inside and outside of the classroom. Ask Nancy your most pressing back-to-school questions, such as, “How do I get my child excited about Math?” or “How do I help my child with special learning needs?” We are here to help. Just leave your questions on our Facebook page (Make sure to use the hashtag #AskNancyB ) or email her at nancybscienceclub@educationalinsights.com.

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Lunch and Laugh with these Hilarious Lunchbox Printables!

Lunch and laugh with these hilarious lunchbox printables from the Hot Dots® Laugh it Up! Spelling Cards series. Just print out a set of cards, cut one out, and drop it in your child’s lunchbox to share with friends. Download them here:
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Kids can have fun achieving success in spelling and writing with these wacky laugh out loud jokes, riddles, and stories. If you would like to order a set from our Hot Dots® Laugh it Up!series, please visit our online store..

Good Reads: How to Turn Your Kids into Bookworms

It sounds so simple. Kids who read regularly become better readers and enjoy reading more. Additionally, the learning potential of those ravenous readers skyrockets. Reading helps them develop self-confidence, maturity, creativity, and imagination.

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So plop a copy of Goodnight Moon into your child’s lap and get ready to see your little one blossom into a genius. Simple, right?

In reality, getting children to read is a bit trickier. But regular reading is not just beneficial … it’s rewarding. Use the following tips to help set a new reading habit that’ll help your little ones become hungry bookworms.

1. Set aside time to read—every day.

Creating a routine helps reading become habitual and it shows your child that reading is an important family activity. Find a comfy, cozy spot, turn off the phone, and get comfortable. Make reading a special, intimate time between you and your child. As little as 10 minutes can help improve your child’s reading skills.

2. Choose reading materials that will captivate you and your child.

Remember, this is time you and your child are spending together, so pick out books and magazines that inspire the both of you. Reading opens the door to new worlds, so select an array of reading materials from nature magazines and fairy tales to poetry and how-to books. At Educational Insights, we have created interactive reading books that will both encourage and entertain.

3. Make reading come alive.

If your child enjoyed a book about dinosaurs, consider taking him or her to see dinosaur fossils at the natural history museum. Or, if a character liked to bake, try making a cake together in your own kitchen.

4. Act it out.

When reading to your child, speak softly or loudly, quickly or slowly depending on who’s speaking and what action is taking place. Give characters different voices, and be expressive. Giggles are a great part of reading together!

5. Go beyond the book.

Reading can happen even outside the pages of a book. Take advantage of reading opportunities in your daily life by encouraging your child to read menus, road signs, food labels, and billboards.

Fun Supermoon Watch Activites for Kids

Will you be on “Supermoon” watch this Sunday? You’re sure in for a treat. Experts say stargazers can expect to see the Supermoon followed by meteor showers beginning 2:09 p.m. (EST) through early Monday morning. Meteor showers will peak on August 13th.

Below are some activities from the Sky Gazer’s Activity Journal of the Nancy B’s Science Club Moonscope™ set for the kids to print out and try:


Find locations on the moon using the “Moon Map” (page 9). Using the Nancy B Moonscope™ or binoculars, have them identify different parts of the moon. Also, try “Moon Faces” (page 10). Can you find a face on the moon? Have them doodle it on the sheet provided. Download the activities here: SupermoonActivity

There are four to six super moons every year, and during those times, the moon is 30,000 miles closer to the Earth than the normal distance.

Have fun!