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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy's Private School Blog

Summer Reading for High School Students

Although it can be tempting to turn off your brain and enjoy some carefree summer fun, the extended break also provides a great opportunity for high school students to learn with the right summer reading list. From timeless classics to stimulating modern novels, the right literature can spice up the dog days of summer and provide a jump start on the next school year – particularly for high schoolers coming up on the SATs. Here’s a breakdown of books to get them started on the right foot this summer.

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Topics: Book Review, Summer

Summer Reading Suggestions for Middle School Students

Filling a summer filled with good reading material cannot only prepare a young mind for the next grade but also inspire an adventurous appetite that can last a lifetime. Although some of the traditional classics still make for great reading for Middle School students, there are plenty of other modern books that can captivate young readers. Below is a list of a few books that can help students between sixth and eighth grade make the most out of their summer reading.  

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Topics: Book Review, Summer

Three Exciting and Educational Pennsylvania Road Trips

As the summer wears on, it's likely you'll see plenty of people heading out of state and even out of the country for family vacations. If you are looking to get away yourself, there's really no reason you have to leave the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. There are plenty of fun and interesting things to see and do right here in our home state, and if you haven't seen them all, you are missing out on some spectacular family experiences.

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Topics: Summer

Plan Your Summer: Five Awesome Staycation Ideas the Kids Will Love

For most kids, summer means days of endless play, afternoons and late nights spent swimming. Some kids are even lucky enough to go on one or more family vacations during those warm summer months, something that can really make for an exciting week or two.

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Topics: Summer

Three Amazing Fourth of July Celebrations in Pittsburgh

Summer has officially begun, and that means the Fourth of July is just around the corner. From cookouts and swimming to concerts and fireworks shows, nobody does Independence Day quite like Pittsburgh. Now is the time to begin planning this special day in order to ensure you see the best of what's happening around the city. 

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Topics: Summer, Holidays

Summer Camps: Making the Most out of Summer

After wrapping up the school year, the boundless energy of children in the summertime is the perfect reason to look at the wealth of options for summer camps in Sewickley and the surrounding areas of Pittsburgh. With camps geared towards those with all different interests and starting points, there is sure to be the right camp that will help your child ditch the living room couch for unforgettable new experiences. Here’s a look at some of the best options that will let your child have fun, learn something new, and ultimately help him or her make the most out of the summer break.

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Topics: Summer

Ways for Every Age to Celebrate Dad on Father's Day

What a special day: a day to honor fathers; dads; daddys; pops. Whatever name he has, he's a special guy. If you are married, there are probably two dads in your life, your own father and the father of your child(ren). This post is about helping your child(ren) plan for Father's Day, but we hope you find inspiration for your own father as well. 

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Topics: Parenting, Father's Day, Gift Ideas

Spring is in Full Bloom, So Head Outside!

The warm season is finally beginning. The coats and hats can be packed away and replaced with T-shirts and shorts, while sandals and flip-flops can now be worn instead of boots.

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Topics: Parenting

Graduation Celebration: Five Snack Table Ideas For Your Grad's Party

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and that means it's time for another group of kids to head out into the world as adults. If your child is graduating this year, you are probably filled with bittersweet emotions. After all, it is hard to watch your baby grow up. Looking back on their accomplishments thus far can quickly fill you with pride. 

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Topics: Food, Parenting

Memorial Day Picnic Ideas

Memorial Day is almost here! Because it is such an important holiday, the celebration should be one of the biggest and best of the year. Therefore, we have gathered a collection of what we believe to be the very best Memorial Day picnic ideas out there. Choose what you love, add your own special touches, and get ready to kick off the summer season. 

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Topics: Food, Holidays

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