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New Year Family Activities

New Year’s Activities for Kids and the Family

December 27th, 2021 2021-12-28T10:12:45-08:00 2021-12-27T08:00:51-08:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

New Year celebration activities can be perfect for taking a little bit of time to reflect on the previous year and talk about wishes for the New Year. What do you want to do more of? What do you want to avoid? This day has always been a day to gather with those who are included in your family. Here are 5 new year celebration activities for your family and friends to celebrate with.

Halloween Math Activities

Halloween Activities for Kids – Improve Math Skills… Spooky Thought!

October 24th, 2021 2021-10-28T13:59:18-07:00 2021-10-24T09:00:01-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

There are so many ways you can improve math skills while having fun on Halloween. Math concepts keep getting refined as you get older. However, these activities can be used at any age for fun learning and review. Remember, sorting and categorizing items is critical to learning math concepts. Classifying is the action of putting objects into sets based on common traits. You can even chart your results.

Holiday Family Activities

10 Holiday Family Activities

December 18th, 2019 2019-12-19T12:29:11-08:00 2019-12-18T06:00:00-08:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

10 fun family activities to do over the holidays. These activities not only bring fun to the family but they also improve learning skills too. Activities vary from game night (with suggested games), to movie night, to special decorating activities.

Family Thanksgiving Activities

5 Thanksgiving Activities for the Family

November 24th, 2019 2022-09-02T12:36:28-07:00 2019-11-24T09:00:50-08:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to spend time with your family. I’ll be with my kids, grandkids, and husband. This year we’ll be celebrating at our house. My children and 3 new grandchildren will be here. I’m so excited! We are getting ready with some simple Thanksgiving activities that will get both the kids and adults engaged in a great time. That makes for a happy mom and grandmom!

Family Crafts and Things to Do This Holiday

December 17th, 2018 2018-12-20T10:30:26-08:00 2018-12-17T08:00:36-08:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Quality family time can be the backbone for the learning experiences your children will build from. Make sure to take this opportunity over the holiday break to bring the family together for positive learning experiences.

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6 Fun Family Activities Prevent the Summer Slide!

July 19th, 2017 2018-12-12T16:04:18-08:00 2017-07-19T15:17:48-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

It’s not too late to prevent the summer slide with fun family activities. The activities are geared for elementary, middle, and high school kids. Listen to the audio. Activities include weekly trips, nature adventures, and home activities.

Reading Activity to Improve Reading Fluency

4 Easy Activities to Improve Reading Skills (Part 1)

November 29th, 2016 2019-12-04T12:05:52-08:00 2016-11-29T12:00:55-08:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

There are 4 easy activities to improve reading skills that take just a few minutes a day to improve reading. Reading drills to improve reading fluency in 5 minutes a day. Improve spelling and learn the 8 different spelling patterns we use to make words. Improve reading comprehension by playing a reading comprehension game.

Back to School Transition

5 Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School

August 4th, 2015 2016-09-28T08:06:04-07:00 2015-08-04T00:26:49-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

From bedtime routines to morning routines, the successful school breakfast and lunch, your kids will be off to a great school year. Read the 5 Tips to a smooth transition back to school and take advantage of the back to school special too.

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This Summer Give Your Kids a Summer Academic Advantage

June 5th, 2015 2016-06-22T00:46:26-07:00 2015-06-05T00:27:26-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

On the Academic Advantage Webinar you will learn the simple steps you can take this summer so your kids not only have fun but they also improve their learning skills. Those that attend will also get a complimentary copy of the BT Family Activity Book.

Remember, studies show that kids that do some learning activities on a regular basis over the summer gain an additional 3 to 6 months of knowledge. Those that don’t lose a minimum of 2 1/2 months of the knowledge they learned the prior school year.

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Family Activities for Spring Break

March 31st, 2015 2016-03-14T20:18:35-07:00 2015-03-31T01:40:42-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

One of the best parts of spring break was the break away from ‘all things school.’ Little did I know then that I was learning just the same. Trips to the Art Institute, the Museum of Science and Industry, or the Natural History Museum were often on our schedule.

Of course game playing was also a big part of spring break as well as the extra time to read pleasure books.

So, my gift to you is a short list of family activities…excerpts from The BT Family Activity Book. Get more of the over 80 activities here.

St Patrick Day

St. Patrick’s Day Family Activities

March 10th, 2015 2022-03-09T11:49:52-08:00 2015-03-10T00:02:08-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so I thought I’d give you a couple of suggestions for St. Patrick’s Day activities.

Historically St. Patrick’s Day was only celebrated by the Irish. Now it is celebrated worldwide – celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

Growing up Irish, my family always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green. In fact we often made a point of wearing green most of the month of March. My mom and day would only play Irish music during the month. Of course there was nothing like marching in the St Patrick Day Parade in Chicago with the river dyed green in celebration. See 7 family activities here…

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Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 14th, 2015 2015-02-28T02:36:54-08:00 2015-02-14T01:34:23-08:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Spending time thinking about and doing a random act of kindness is important, not just on February 17th, when it is celebrated, but as many days as you can. Start the discussion at dinnertime. Talk about what you did or what you can do tomorrow as a random act of kindness. The more you share, the more acts of kindness you will think of.

Family Activity Uses Halloween Memories to Improve Learning Skills

November 1st, 2013 2015-10-30T21:59:02-07:00 2013-11-01T14:54:03-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

A Family Activity That Keeps Your Halloween Memories and Improves Learning Skills and Writing Skills     If your Halloween was anything like ours, your whole family had a GREAT time, and you have a lot of wonderful memories. One thing to do can to save those recent memories is to capture them in a […]

Improve Your Learning Skills in 20 Minutes a Day

September 12th, 2012 2016-03-22T09:18:27-07:00 2012-09-12T19:35:23-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

SpecialNeeds.com is sponsoring a FREE webinar How to Improve Learning Skills: Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Math School has recently started and the homework wars may have already started too! This is the perfect time to see How to Improve Learning Skills: Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Math Reserve your Webinar seat now at: SpecialNeeds.com is sponsoring […]

Screen-Free Turn Off TV Week

May 1st, 2012 2015-08-24T21:41:55-07:00 2012-05-01T12:54:35-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Screen Free Turn Off TV Week with Educational Therapist Bonnie Terry Why Turn Off TV Week? Why Screen-Free for a Week? Recent studies show that the amount of time American children and teens spend watching TV, playing video games or surfing the Internet has increased to almost eight hours a day. And that doesn’t include […]

Break Time or Learning Time? Fun Holiday Family Activities for Kids

December 20th, 2011 2011-12-20T15:51:35-08:00 2011-12-20T15:51:35-08:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Break Time or Learning Time? Fun Holiday Family Activities for Kids Is it best to let my children take the whole holiday season off from learning? Bonnie Terry, America’s Leading Learning Specialist is on FOX Morning News sharing her insights and activities with you. Family Activity Book… I recall so many wonderful activities my family […]

Back to School Tips with Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET

August 20th, 2011 2016-08-23T23:05:01-07:00 2011-08-20T17:14:17-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Bonnie Terry, America’s Leading Learning Specialist, shares some of her favorite back to school tips on FOX News Morning Show. Watch here for 3 of Bonnie Terry’s Back to School Tips: Backpack Organization Time Management Secret Tools to Help with Homework: the dreaded word problems and writing assignments (More tips under the video!) Back to […]

Help for LD, Dyslexic, ADHD Students with Reading Skills, Writing Skills, and Spelling Skills

July 19th, 2010 2010-07-19T12:40:42-07:00 2010-07-19T12:40:42-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Parents want to help their kids improve their skills. That is a given as far as I’m concerned. All parents want the best for their children and when learning reading, writing, or spelling is hard they often don’t know where to turn. Parents often spend a small fortune seeking the help they need for their […]

The 5 Critical Steps You Need to Help Your Child Improve Their Learning Skills

July 15th, 2010 2010-07-15T13:52:37-07:00 2010-07-15T13:52:37-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

For those of you that missed last Wednesday night’s call … I wanted to pass this along as soon as I could. Here is the link where you can go to listen to the Mid-Summer Activities to Improve Your Child’s Skills Teleseminar. You will want to listen over the next 3 days as it may […]

Mid Summer Training – What You Can Do to Prepare Your Kids for School

July 9th, 2010 2016-02-25T00:47:22-08:00 2010-07-09T15:13:54-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Mid Summer Training – What You Can Do to Prepare Your Kids for School I Can Hardly Believe It? Check it out… The FREE Live Teleseminar is filling up fast – Only 100 68 52 Spots left! Reserve your spot now. Mid-Summer Training Call I have had so many calls from parents recently, wondering how […]

Searching for Mid-Summer Activities to Improve Your Child’s Learning Skills and Still Have Fun?

July 8th, 2010 2016-02-25T00:47:22-08:00 2010-07-08T19:29:15-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

It’s the almost middle of Summer Vacation and as you know, it is the perfect time to give your child a boost in their learning skills, but you still want to have fun… Join Bonnie Terry’s call and find out what you can do in just 20 minutes a day to boost your child’s reading, […]

Paragraph Writing for Kids Using Graphic Organizers

June 11th, 2010 2018-10-24T23:34:22-07:00 2010-06-11T13:24:14-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry
Paragraph writing can be daunting for kids, especially the first few times. Often teachers give an assignment to their students such as, "I want you to write a paragraph about..." Unfortunately, many kids freeze up and just stare at their sheet of paper, unable to write anything. It's not that they haven't read a lot [...]

Stop the Summer Learning Slide With Grammar Game

June 7th, 2010 2010-06-07T21:45:12-07:00 2010-06-07T21:45:12-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Summer stretches out before you. Your kids are excited about being out of school. However, it doesn’t take too long before your kids are claiming they are bored. So, to keep your kids interested over the summer, one of the easiest things to do is to provide fun learning games for your kids. Research has […]

Parents Improve Your Kid’s Reading Over the Summer

June 5th, 2010 2010-06-05T19:01:45-07:00 2010-06-05T19:01:45-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Can you as a parent really improve your child’s reading fluency over the summer? Reading fluency training is one of the easiest things for parents to do to improve their child’s reading and it can be done in just 5 minutes a day.  Summer is the perfect time for parents to implement a reading fluency […]

6 Must-do Learning Games & Activities For the Summer

June 3rd, 2010 2010-06-03T16:48:26-07:00 2010-06-03T16:48:26-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Can you do your own summer learning program? Should you do your own summer learning program? Fact: More than half of the achievement gap present in 9th grade between lower- and higher-income children can be explained by summer learning loss. Make Learning Stick with learning games and reading fluency training over the summer. There are […]

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