Letter from the Editor July 2012

Kayla Mossien

Although this past winter was mild, I am beyond relieved summer is in full swing. There’s nothing like unfettered moments spent playing the day away as a family while basking in the sun’s rays— with SPF in tow, of course! I get butterflies just thinking about upcoming barbecues, trips to the beach, concerts in the park— did I mention trips to the beach?

By now, you and your clan have probably paid a visit to local pool seeking relief from the high temperatures. But before your child’s next cannonball, flip to “What’s Lurking in the Water?” by April Smith Carpenter. The article sheds light on common recreational water illnesses, also known as RWIs (think swimmer’s ear and upset stomach), the germs that cause them and how to avoid contraction. It makes for a great poolside read!

For days when it’s just too hot to partake in aquatics, reach for a good book. You may not have thought it, but the break from school provides the best time to encourage children to become avid readers. “Summer Reading” by Elaine Meyers, M.Ed., equips you with techniques to conquer this feat and develop an effective at-home reading program for your young scholar. From choosing appropriate materials, to creating the proper reading environment, Meyers helps you raise more confident readers.

To galvanize your kids’ creative juices, read “Sneaky Science” penned by Cy Tymony, who offers innovative ways to keep your little Einstein’s mind active while he’s off from school. Get cracking on the article’s fun science projects with the mere use of everyday household objects, such as tape, newspaper and straw. Test out air pressure and other physics principles with his step-by-step instructions.

And for inspiration in celebrating Independence Day, check out “In Season” by associate editor Samantha Chan. Chock full of recipes, activities and crafts, the column unleashes fantastic ways families from sea to shining sea can honor the nation’s birthday. Feel free to share your favorite memories in this month’s Summer Fun photo contest, as well.

As always, stay happy and healthy!

Kayla Mossien