Enrichment Ideas

Discover enrichment ideas for lifelong learning at home and abroad – including engaging classes, fun home projects, day trip recommendations, and experiential travel around the world.

Chimpanzee – Lesson Plans Based On The Movie

by Sandra Foyt

On April 20th, just in time for Earth Day 2012, Disney’s latest release – Chimpanzee – opens at theaters nationwide. Disneynature’s newest True-Life Adventure introduces Oscar, a young chimp whose playful curiosity and zest for discovery light up the African forest until a twist of […]

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Fossils: Learn About Paleontology in Kansas with Kids

by Sandra Foyt

Not all of the destinations in our Read Across America Road Trip were pulled from fiction books; we also followed a story that is as old as our planet. To support my son’s fascination with paleontology, I included several stops mentioned in Cruisin’ The Fossil […]

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ROBLOX Game Conference Returns to San Francisco

by Sandra Foyt

The video game event of the year returns this summer, bigger and better than ever. ROBLOX Rally 2011 welcomed 1000 attendees to the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco last August, but given the enthusiastic response from a devoted and expanding fan base, it’s no surprise […]

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Take the Kids on a Wright 3 Mystery Tour of Robie House In Chicago

by Sandra Foyt

When kids express an interest, it’s best to strike while it’s hot. Although sometimes I have to look hard to figure out if the kids actually like something that could be considered educational, both of my children seemed interested as we passed the Frank Lloyd […]

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Travel Tips for Reading with Kids On Road Trips

by Sandra Foyt

Road trips are a wonderful opportunity to have open-ended book discussions with your children.  If you have the time, and a super-long road trip, consider listening to an audio-book and then talking about your selection. Selecting a Book for the Road Trip It can be […]

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War Horse – Historical Fiction Lesson Plans Inspired By The Movie

by Sandra Foyt

On Christmas Day, Steven Spielberg’s epic adventure – War Horse – rides into theaters.  It’s a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. There’s no doubt that the War Horse movie […]

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Fun Things for Kids To Do On The Holidays

by Sandra Foyt

A big Thanksgiving dinner is a treasured tradition in homes across America. Many families have plans to host a special gathering, with recipes and chores divided among willing hands. But in all the planning, many times the youngest members of the clan are forgotten. This year, […]

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LegoFest – Returns with 2013 Tour Dates

by Guest Post

I am the type of person who would employ the “been there –done that” in my selection of family events, but I just can’t bring myself to say “no” to a return LEGO KidsFest in Hartford, Connecticut, one of only 7 cities fortunate to have […]

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MIT Splash – A Taste of College for Middle and High School Students

by Sandra Foyt

For one weekend in November, middle school and high school students will flock to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, MA for the innovative and inspirational MIT Splash program. In recent years, this program has grown in popularity and now draws thousands of […]

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Confessions of a Kumon Mom

by Sandra Foyt

I confess. It’s my fault that my son doesn’t like math. Before he entered 1st grade, I thought it would be a great idea to give him the same advantage enjoyed by many successful Asian mathematicians. The media often reminds us that Americans are losing […]

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