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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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Beat The Heat With a Water-Based Obstacle Course

Are your children looking for a way to beat the heat? Then make an awesome obstacle course for them right on your lawn! This simple activity is something that you can do together, especially the design and building.

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Topics: Summer

Fun in the Sun: Activities to Keep Your Kids Entertained

The long, lazy days of summer are great. They're the perfect time to stretch out with a good book, play a few games with your family members, and enjoy some peace instead of constantly rushing from one place to the next. Unfortunately, it won't be long before you'll hear that familiar refrain from the kids: "I'm bored!" You want them to spend time enjoying the weather outside, but sometimes, it's just not enough to keep their attention. These fun summer activities will help keep the kids entertained, from hanging out at the lake or the beach to spending time in your own back yard.

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Topics: Summer

Seven Summer Reads For Moms

Are you a mother looking for a diverse, fun, and engaging summer reading list? Then you've come to the right place! We've compiled a list of the best and most beloved books for your summer reading. Many of these books are modern and focused on unique and engaging concepts. Others are classics and designed to appeal to the nature of motherhood.

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Topics: Book Review, Parenting, Summer

Summer Reading List for Students in Grades 1-5

Summer may be nearing its end, but there's still plenty of time for your school-age children to get in some great summer reading opportunities. If you've been struggling to come up with something your kids will read this summer, look no further! These books will have your kids eagerly begging for more opportunities to curl up with a book. 

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Topics: Book Review, Summer

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

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