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Letter from the Editor July 2014

Rachel Kalina

Are you making the most of these precious few summer months? I'm trying to squeeze every minute out of my weekends; spreading my time among backyard parties, beaches, park hikes, out-of-town trips, creating jewelry (a personal passion), and sketching in my art journal wherever I go! I've also been having a blast exploring my native Long Island and all it has to offer — from seascapes and fabulous restaurants to art galleries and craft fairs. The options for exceptional activities seem endless when the sun is shining.

Perhaps, you're looking forward to a different ray of sunshine in your life. If you're expecting and feeling the urge to nest, turn to "D.I.Y. Nursery" by Jackie Jordan for plenty of fresh takes on wall and room decor. Find suggestions in the article for unexpected but fabulous color combinations outside of the pink-and-blue routine.

Concerned your child is having too much summer fun and not enough opportunities for learning? Check out "Early Language" by Elizabeth McCrea, Ph.D, CCC-SLP. Discover how you can help your child develop solid language skills to build a foundation for literacy. Also learn what to look for when assessing speech and language milestones, as well as signs of potential impairments or delays.

For insight on literacy and children with special needs, look to Monica Holloway's "Nine Tips." Through multiple suggestions, the author shares how to help a child with autism learn to read. Also find tons of resources in our Special Needs Directory.

Whether you entertain your family by attending a gathering from our Calendar of Events, getting involved in the Summer Fun Photo Contest, or trying your hand at Angeli Zankel's July 4th craft in "Make a Mini Uncle Sam," we'd love for you to share your stories and pics on our Facebook page! See you there.

Happy July 4th!

Rachel Kalina