Education, Kids, Summer, Toy Reviews

Pickup Sports starter kits + live virtual coaching for young kids age 3-6

Pickup Sports starter kits + live virtual coaching for young kids

This COVID-19 can’t stop our kids but closing group classes will. This is why Pickup Sports is a great way to teach your child a sport, at home with all the gear they need. You buy the box and the access to virtual coaching classes are free.

sports box

My neighbor is busy with 3 boys and I gave her my Pickup Sports Soccer Box. It comes with all your child needs to attend the virtual class with his/her coach and more. There are basic branded balls, markers, cones, a scarf, stickers, whistle (if you dare), playbooks, pump and more. Once your box arrives head to the website, choose your sport and fill out a short form to get your child connected to virtual coaching classes.

learn soccer

Foe soccer, the classes are Mondays. Each session is 4 weeks long at one 15-25 minute class a week. The lessons are short enough to keep your child’s attention. Then they spend the week practicing what they learned before next class.

You can even choose sessions best for your child’s age: Starters (ages 3-4), Explorers (ages 4-5) and Ballers (ages 5-7). The bracket you choose depends on the time you will sign in to class.

soccer lessons for kids

More than just soccer, you can choose to have virtual coaching from the following sports for your child:

  • Intro to Tennis
  • Intro to Basketball
  • Intro to Soccer
  • Intro to Baseball/Softball
  • Intro to Flag Football
  • Intro to Volleyball
  • Motor Control, Ball Control Skills for Kids
  • Adaptive Fitness FUNdamentals (for kids with physical limitations)
family sports

This unique product is a great way for parents to teach kids how to play, improve their physical literacy, and just get outdoors and have fun! My neighbor said it was easy enough for the 3 year old to follow along too with big brother. The entire family will have fun exploring the box and playing outdoors. Buy your Pickup Sports box today to get started with virtual coaching of your favorite sport!

Coronovirus 2020, Education, Kids, Parenting, School, Summer, Tips and Tricks

5 Tips to Help Kids Overcome the COVID Learning Slump this Summer

5 Tips to Help Kids Overcome the COVID Learning Slump this Summer

I won’t forget the date, it was March 13 (Friday the 13th) when they announced that school will be closing due to Governor’s orders for at least 2 weeks and that we don’t know when they will re-open. Here it is July and they never went back. There was a spontaneous online learning set up, but they were not being graded so many kids struggled to stay motivated. It was a COVID learning slump. It looks like a mix of classroom and home learning again next year so this time it counts and they need to be ready to learn in a new way!

Many students lost much of the academic skills and knowledge they’d gained throughout the school year before the pandemic changed life as we knew it. The fact is, learning loss due to coronavirus school closures, dubbed the ‘COVID Slump’ by experts, is becoming a common phenomenon for many students across the nation– and one that’s actually preventable if the right measures are taken.

Consider this: About 84% of U.S. parents are worried that this COVID learning slump changed their child’s education schedule and routine and negatively impacted their learning, and 61% are worried their child’s college and career prospects will be negatively impacted, according to a recent Brainly survey of 1,600 moms and dads.

So how can parents prevent their children from backsliding during school closures?  Eric Oldfield, Chief Business Officer of Brainly, the world’s largest online learning community, and father of two school-age daughters, is well aware of the risks of two months out of the classroom can have on students, and he has tips aimed at combating it. 

Here are Oldfield’s 5 tips to help prevent COVID learning slump

1. CREATE HAND-BUILT PROJECTS. With all the screen time kids are getting from online learning (not to mention their non-educational screen time), sometimes the best thing you can do to get kids flexing their brain muscles is to have them physically design and create something with their own two hands like a 3D puzzle, creative board game, pop-up storybook, or time capsule, to name a few examples. 

2. TAKE UP AN EDUCATIONAL HOBBY. Now is the perfect opportunity for students to take up a new hobby. Learning a musical instrument, taking a coding class, or joining an online trivia league can help students of any age stay sharp through the pandemic days to help avoid the COVID slump.  

3. MOVE THE LEARNING OUTDOORS. It may seem basic, but a little sunshine and fresh air are excellent for everyone’s mental health and can help bored students reinvigorate their learning by helping them escape the monotony of their home learning space. Physical activity can also help memory recall and increases mental dexterity. Try passing around a soccer ball in the backyard while learning the state capitals, or playing hopscotch while reciting new vocab terms.  

4. ENROLL THEM IN AN ONLINE EDUCATIONAL COURSE. Think of it as a virtual summer camp. But before you blindly sign up for some online program, look for some specialized programs designed to keep children learning with engaging activities and personalized instruction, and take advantage of these slower months boost problem areas.

5. ENCOURAGE THEM TO KEEP THEIR CURIOSITY PIQUED. Even inquisitive children can use some coaxing to keep learning over the summer. There are many services, like Brainly, where children can ask questions, learn new things, and keep stimulated to prevent the COVID slump.

Regardless of what you choose, staying mentally active during school closures (and throughout summer) can give your child a leg up come September. For more information and ideas on how to prevent the COVID learning Slump, visit www.brainly.com

Healthy Living, Summer

Bug Bite Thing Suction Tool is a Chemical Free Option

Bug Bite Thing

Tis the season for bug bites and bee stings! It comes along with camping trips, lake swimming, outdoor BBQ’s. When you have had a good bite it swells, itches and is even painful for days. The best way to reduce symptoms is to catch the bite right away so you can tend to it before the swelling an d stinging occurs. Bug Bite Thing is a suction tool you use as soon as you recognize you have been bit or stung.

chemical free bee sting relief

You simply hold it over the bug bite or sting area and pull up to create a suction you will hold for 10-20 seconds then push down to release suction.

This painlessly and effectively extracts insect saliva/venom from under the skin so that you don’t react to it and get the pain and swelling as fierce. It is reusable and safe to use on all ages.

bug bite tool

How easy is that? No chemicals, no greasy or smelly creams and it works for Mosquitoes – Bees – Wasps – Ants – Biting Flies – Splinters & More! If you flip the cap you get a smaller surface to treat places like finger tips and toes. Plus you can even use this to bring splinters closer to the surface for easier removal. The suction handle is also a sting scraper. Make sure you wash the cap as that is where saliva and venom collects when you suction.

Also see this Bug Bite Identification article.

Buy The Bug Bite Thing

You can find The Bug Bite Thing online by visiting their website as well as on Amazon, Home Depot, Walmart