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Student Group Travel to Washington DC Is Educational and Affordable

June 10th, 2021

Because of today’s state of the economy, schools throughout the country are slashing budgets. As a result, many school programs are either cutting school trips altogether or only allowing trips that are inexpensive and/or close to home. Teachers are being asked to sharpen their pencils to find destinations that are both affordable and educational.

Enter Washington DC and the surrounding areas of Virginia and Maryland. Student group travel to the Washington DC area is not only educational, but economical as well. You as a teacher can give your students a real and vivid life education on American government, its three branches and how a bill is created or defeated. Or they can study American history, natural history, the world wars and more at the many outstanding Smithsonian museums as well as the surrounding historical sites, memorials and monuments. Furthermore, many of the architectural landmarks in the nation’s capitol commemorate important chapters in American history. Here’s the best part though. The only thing more impressive than the sheer diversity of museums in Washington DC is that most of them are free!

Want to add a special touch to your class trip? Then you and your class should include the surrounding areas around Washington DC, including Fairfax County, Virginia and Greenbelt, Maryland, on your itinerary.

Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington, is situated along the Potomac River just 16 miles south of Washington DC in Fairfax County, Virginia. For more than 40 years, George Washington, our first President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of the American forces during the Revolutionary War, called this home. Today, students can visit the mansion, plantation, George Washington’s tomb, a working blacksmith shop and a pioneer farmer site. A class trip to this historical site gives students both an emotional and physical connection to life in the late 1700′s.

If your student group desires to study science, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland demonstrates the innovative and exciting work in Earth science, astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary science, communication and technology development. Students can browse the unique, informative exhibits, learn about climate change, climb inside a Gemini space capsule, view photographs taken from the Hubble Space Telescope, or participate in one of the monthly model rocket launches. Student tour groups gain a deeper level of insight into space exploration, the universe and high tech devices while visiting the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Overall, a teacher who really wants to make the most of this type of class trip can start his/her lesson plan weeks in advance and cater it to the trip itself. Then, while on the trip, the teacher can point out important landmarks, monuments, etc. that were previously covered in the lesson plan, thus creating direct experiences that brings the classroom to life. A class trip to Washington DC, including the surrounding areas of Virginia and Maryland, is truly both educational and affordable. You as a teacher will create memories within your students that will last a lifetime.

For more information, contact:

Steve Brinkman
7131 Grand National Drive,
Suite 101 Orlando, FL 33316
Phone: 800-774-7337
Fax: 407-345-2890

Nurturing Your Child’s Development With Educational Toys

March 10th, 2021

The role of toys in the development of your child’s brain and motor skills cannot be overemphasized. From infancy, children are stimulated to recognize shapes, sounds, colors, and textures through the kind of toys they are presented with. A baby’s imagination is nurtured by the objects they are surrounded with: the toys their hands grasp, the sound they hear, the shape and colors they see. Babies can associate objects to various things and events that surround them throughout their development. For this reason, parents are more often motivated to purchase educational toys for their children. It has long been established that your child’s surroundings play a major role in the development if your child. The objects you surround your child with can highly influence his interests as he grows older.

Studies show that babies prefer high contrast colors. This is why most of the kids’ toys and story books are always painted and printed with bright colors. When you buy your first educational play set for your toddler, make sure then that you pick out color themes that promise to enhance the child’s visual recognition and perception. Do not be confined to the conventional thinking that toys should be shiny, attractive, and solely amusing and entertaining in purpose. Gone are those days when children aged zero to ten must restrict themselves to toys that do not satisfy their innate need to learn.

Nowadays, there is a growing patronage for educational toys as these truly nurture your child’s brain development. Toys which stimulate your child’s visual perception and brain potential usually have to do with puzzles and boards. But these educational board games are more for kids aged six to ten years.

For the younger children, particularly those aged zero to six months, the highly recommended toys are those which introduce varied sounds and colors: rattles which come in playful designs and sounds, brightly-designed and educationally-patterned floor mats which can get babies’ attention as they learn how to roll over and crawl, mobiles and chimes which present babies with distinguishable sounds, and many more. For babies aged six to twelve months, shape sorter toys are quite the popular option.

Other educational toys for kids aged one to three years would include railway sets which can enhance your child’s motor skills and resourcefulness. For the more girly babies, of course, doll houses also advance mental processes and nurture creativity. For kids aged three to five, drawing play sets prove to be very helpful in the children’s creative and motor skills.

As the children grow older, they themselves will start to look for the educational toy that best suits their interests. Children are very much interested in a lot of things, and toys pique their interest much more. There is a wide selection of educational toys available in the market which parents may choose from, and all of these are guaranteed to aid your child’s development. The practice of using toys with educational value rather than traditional, purely entertaining toys has been recognized globally. With this in mind, parents should still take into consideration the fact that children are different from each other and what one baby may like, the other may not. Nonetheless, they all share the inborn desire to learn and explore and this is more than enough reason to buy toys that will respond to those need