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It might only be the end of February, but it is never too late to start thinking about summer plans. Whether you're a working parent and need to consider childcare or just need something for you kids to do during the long summer holidays, there are plenty of options out there for you! One of those options is a residential summer camp. Away from the hot summer sun in the UAE, XUK Camps has the ideal solution for your kids this summer!

 

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Hard to believe the end of the first term is around the corner and with it Winter holidays and Festive Season shopping! Prevent the boredom kicking in and maximise your productivity by signing your kiddos up for one of these awesome Winter Camps in Dubai!

 

If you are looking for Winter Camps in Abu Dhabi, click here!

 

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Starting the school year is a universally exciting and nerve-wracking time for kids (and their parents!). Whether your child is off to preschool, kindergarten, middle school, or any grade in between, find some classic and new back-to-school stories that will help prepare and excite them for the year ahead! 

 

 

 

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With a well-rounded summer vacation ending, parents spend a lot of time getting their kids ready for school. New school supplies, haircuts, and special end-of-summer outings all play into the back-to-school routine. There are some other things that parents can do for themselves and their kids to ensure a smooth transition into the school year, too. Take a look below at few ways to get this year off to a great start in your house.


Set up a bedtime and wake-up routine in advance. If possible, it's best to establish bedtimes and wake-up times two weeks in advance of the start of school. By the time the first school bell rings, kids will already be on the right sleeping schedule and it will be one less worry for your family.

 


Get to know new teachers. There will be open houses, orientations, and other meet-and-greet options at the beginning of the school year, but none will give you the chance to spend some quality time getting to know your kids' teachers. Try to find a few minutes before or after school to connect one-on-one with the teachers. At the very least, send an introductory email that includes how you can help during the school year, however big or small.

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When learning is easier, life is better! So make the most of this summer by unlocking the potential in your child. How? Through brain training! Did you know that targeted mental exercises - done in the right way - can raise IQ and improve the way the brain thinks, learns, reads, concentrates, and remembers? It's true, and more and more scientific studies are backing it up.

 

The founders of Dots&Links For Skills Development Center recognised the growing need for such training in Abu Dhabi through their work in local schools. When tutoring and extra attention in the classrooms wasn't enough, students and families needed a real solution.

 

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You may be forgiven for wondering if you had wandered into a parallel universe when you first walk into Toddler Town, and are greeted by the sight of the giant larger-than-life books which mark the entrance into their fabulous library. Around the corner lies Small World where at the other end of the spectrum, everything has been shrunk down to child-friendly miniature size. Perhaps you're more in the mood for a visit to their dark and cozy sensory discovery room, where you can crawl through a fiber-optic tunnel filled with color changing stars, or just be mesmerized by the sights, sounds and sensations of the multitude of sensory objects lined up and flashing around the room. Or you could pretend to be a doctor, a baker, a fire-fighter or even a fire-breathing dragon wreaking havoc in their role play Tiny Town. For a more active experience, choose between a splash in their 14m swimming pool, a quick climb on their indoor climbing wall, a slide down the exciting playsets in the playground, or a ride around the bike track on a cycle, a scooter or even a rickshaw.

 

 

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From the first step a child takes into their kindergarten class one sunny September morning, their journey into the world of academic achievement begins. There are those who zoom through the grades with flying colors and others who seem to be struggling no matter how hard they try. For most children, a new school year is a promise, of new friends, new learning experiences, and a new adventure in to the world of knowledge. But for some, the picture is quite different; the promise is rather of a daunting learning experiences, more disappointments and greater struggles. As school experiences differs greatly from one child to another, it is up to us as parents and educators to make it as enriching and enjoyable as possible. So let's take a step back and understand how learning happens inside our children's brains.

 

To talk about learning, we must talk about cognitive skills, the tools that enable the child to learn, think, process information and do every task they do, at school and outside, like playing sports, music, doing art and all other activities.
Cognitive skills such as attention skills, memory, processing speed, visual and auditory processing, as well as logic and reasoning are the foundation of all learning, at any age and any stage. They work together in coherence to make learning possible.
When reading for instance, a child uses auditory processing which is essential for decoding, visual processing, memory, speed and logic, that are essential for comprehension, not forgetting a key skill, attention, or the ability to focus for a certain duration without getting distracted or side tracked, all these skills work together to achieve reading fluency. It is therefore vital for these skills to be strong for your child to learn and think easily and efficiently. Research has shown that roughly 80% of learning difficulties are a direct result of cognitive skills weakness. Difficulties in reading, writing, comprehension, math, slow work, poor memory, lack of focus, or low motivation, are only symptoms of weak cognitive skills.

 

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Bring back the fun and cool in learning!

 

"Learning through play" -- we've heard and read all about its positive effects on children's development. Play is actually their first language and it's through which they understand and remember lessons more effectively. 

As your child's first teacher, it is helpful to find activities that you can do with him at home, even before he starts schooling. And for that, nothing spells "learning through play" better than creating your own DIY experiments at home. That's like hitting two birds with one stone, in addition to having some real quality time spent with your child.

 

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How important is it to teach a youth to innovate, to navigate entrepreneur skills in today’s world?


How will entrepreneurship help young mind who is interested in arts or sports? How will an entrepreneurial workshop help?

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Your family is into the school spirit by now, after all, you’ve survived three whole days of your child being back! But are you still looking for constructive ways for your children to express themselves, solutions for up-cycling old stuff, or ideas for budget-friendly fashion…then do-it-yourself (DIY) back-to-school projects are the way to go! We've pored over the Pinterest boards and craft blogger sites for functional and fabulous fashion, supplies, and organizational tools you can make yourself. Read on for our favorite finds that are simple (even for non-crafters) and use things you might already have around the house.


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