The 7th annual summer outdoor music festival in Battery Park City brings some of music’s top headliner’s to the neighborhood this year featuring Common (July 18th) and OK GO (July 19th). Standing room only, first come first serve.
Date: Tuesday, July 18th & Wednesday, July 19th
Location: Brookfield Place Marina
Age: All Ages
For a busy parent, why might a special reading program be the right choice for your children?
The Reading In Preschool program, takes a child from a beginner to a first grade reading level. This is a fun, play-based program with light homework, designed for children as young as 3 years old who want to learn to read before they are taught in school. These are one-on-one, at-home sessions that allow each child to go at his/her own pace.
There is no contract. Every month you decide to continue based on results and how much your child is thriving because of the program.
As busy parents, you don’t have time to teach your children to read, and you don’t want to waste those precious years, waiting until they start teaching it in school.
WHY START BEFORE FIRST GRADE:
Besides learning a few letter sounds and some sight words, children aren’t taught how to read until first grade. When they are taught, they are bombarded with new words to memorize every week. Many are failing reading because of an emphasis on sight words, and a lack of education with phonics. Learning how to read phonetically is the only way a child can learn to sound out unknown words on their own.
There is nothing worse than having your children come home in tears because they aren’t reading as well as their friends in school. A lot of NYC children have tutors, but their parents don’t like to admit it because of how competitive it is in this city. Having a tutor is nothing to be ashamed of. If anything, it shows that you’re aware of how the failing reading curriculum works, and you’re going to do what it takes to make sure your child doesn’t fail because of it.
Having tutoring sessions will also help your children practice learning to focus in a fun way. Being in first grade after preschool and kindergarten can be a huge shift. Learning to sit and listen doesn’t have to be a big shock when they start school. In our reading lessons, children are taught to use playful games to practice focusing skills.
How can you tell if your child might benefit from advanced studies in reading? What is a good age to consider this?
Every child is different, but in general, 3 and a half or 4 years old, is an age where both boys and girls show that they want to learn to read.
With every family who is interested, I meet with each child personally, to assess whether they are ready or not. With one lesson, you’ll be able to see if this is something they are interested in or not.
Signs your child is ready:
1) Asks to learn to read.
2) Is over the toddler phase of throwing things, or flipping through pages of
books quickly and moving on to the next.
3) Is older than 5 and saying “I hate reading”. This is usually a child who has seen other children reading, and is embarrassed that he/she doesn’t yet know how. This child needs extra praise for effort, and needs a patient teacher who can use games, and other fun tools to show how much fun learning can be.
4) Asking to learn to read.
FiDi Families Insiders: Are you interested in trying out a reading class with Reading In Preschool in NYC? Want an assessment done to see how much time your children will need to study over the summer to be ready for their new grade in the fall? Mention FiDi Families in an email to info@readinginpreschool and take advantage our free trial classes for children ages 3 and up.
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FTC Disclosure: FiDi Families received complimentary passes to Dutch Wonderland but all opinions are our own.
Each week you can enjoy free programming at Hudson River Park at Pier 25 from Magic Shows to Concerts, fun for all ages!
Summer is officially here and one of the best resources New Yorker’s have to stay cool is access to water features at local playgrounds. We have curated a list of some of our favorite downtown playgrounds and parks with water, to ensure kids of all ages stay cool this summer. Check out some of our favorite splash pads in Lower Manhattan.
FiDi Families Insiders: Always travel with a bathing suit, you never know when you’ll discover a secret hideaway with a sprinkler or fountain!
Hands down our favorite watering hole, with an oversized water play area featuring dump buckets, water hoses, various sprinklers and water fountains. In addition to their water area, the 25,000 square foot playground has a climbing wall, multiple slides, sandbox and swings (for both big and small). There’s a mini-golf course and beach volleyball court and a snack stand.
This is a Lower Manhattan family favorite as they have thought of everything a parent could want at a playground. This incredibly park has three separate jungle gym areas, separated by age. A small climbing section in the sand for tots, a more complex section with ladders, slides and a wooden train for kids to play in and the third option is the largest section for older kids; bigger jungle gym area, a rope wall and sprinkler to cool off in. You can also bring your soccer ball to kick around their large open field or pack a picnic and eat lunch at the picnic tables lining the park. Throughout the Summer and Fall, they offer concerts and movie nights.
Designed by famous architect David Rockwell, Imagination Playground is filled with oversize foam blue blocks that allows them to build and create whatever they can come with. With a large sand pit and enclosed tunnel slide, the playground also offers a great sized water play area and a deck lined with umbrellas to provide some much needed shade!
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!
Summer’s around the corner, the ice cream trucks are back out on every block and we’re highlighting our favorite ice cream spots all throughout the city.
Have you tried the new addiction – Thai-style ice cream rolls? After you select your flavor, watch as the liquid ice cream is poured onto a sub-zero cold plate and transforms in less then 2 minutes, right before your eyes into delicious, flattened ice cream rolls. A hint: unlimited toppings- need we say more!
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