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Popular Summer Vacation Destinations in the U.S.

family-vacationDue to the recent economic downfall many students, graduates and families are no longer taking lavish international vacations for summer break. Many are, however, choosing to explore America for a quick weekend or week-long trip, particularly these recently popular destinations:

Beauty: Texas Hill Country has stunning rolling green hills that rival the beauty of Tuscany or Southern France. Surprisingly the area is known for its 22 wineries, year round food and music festivals and German inspired schnitzelhausers and biergartens.

Active Lifestyle: The New Hampshire Trails Bureau boasts 800,000 acres of biking trails and rugged terrain, commonly called the Moab of the East. Bikers will also be pleased to discover the hidden waterfalls and forests at the Cherry Mountain Loop at nearby Twin Mountain. Read the rest of this entry »



Summer Reading List for the Young and Young at Heart

karinToday’s guest author is Karin Meares, an elementary education teacher who lives in Oklahoma City with her buddy and their dogs Augustine and Pandemonium, cat Somali Wild Ass and hedgehog Hedgie.

As the summer days stretch long and wake up calls come later and later, it is the perfect season to indulge in late night reading. The following list, filled with classic and contemporary works, is sure to sate any little bookworm!

It is hard to compile a list without some of the classics that we, and our parents even, grew up with. Where the Wild Things Are, (Maurice Sendak) has a simple, uncomplicated story with dark and page encompassing illustrations. The beauty of the story lies in the simplicity. Read the rest of this entry »



President Obama to End Summer Vacation

obama at schoolPresident Obama’s health care program may not be popular among certain Americans, but his desire to eliminate summer vacation will render him an easy target among all American school children.

Earlier this year we reported that President Obama proposed longer school days, and recent buzz indicates he’s still at it. The President wants American children to be better prepared to compete with children worldwide who spend on average 30 percent more time in school than American kids. Along with his Education Secretary Arne Duncan, President Obama believes that the current American academic calendar year is antiquated and was created when the country was primarily an agrarian culture; but since very few families toil in the fields all day, the Obama Administration is on a quest to develop the minds of American children by extending their time in school in order to keep them on par with the minds of millions of children around the globe. Read the rest of this entry »



Avoid Brain Drain on Summer Vacation

woman reading at beachWhen those last final exams are returned to the professors, college students head for home and they don’t look back. A year at college can be mentally taxing, and by the time summer appears on the horizon, everyone’s ready to put their brains on auto-pilot and coast through the break. While students are encouraged to get their much needed R&R over the summer, they’re also encouraged not to let all those new smarts vanish.

Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning has conducted much research on the summer learning gap, or summer learning loss, and found that students of all ages do in fact experience learning loss if they don’t engage in educational activities during the summer. Read the rest of this entry »



College Students Have a lot to Gain by Working Summer Internships

summer_vacationWith the next couple weeks comes a major change in the scholastic ideals of college students across the world. I am not speaking of declared majors or classes to be taken. I am, however, referring to the summer break. For a vast majority of college students, the next three months will be lived to its fullest, enjoying all this time of year has to offer. This may seem like a great idea at the time, but I promise you, you will pay for it later. Read the rest of this entry »





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