In the Tri-Cities, most of us LOVE the outdoors. Parks
abound, but have you ever wondered which parks are best for
picnics? We share a few picks from our readers below, but
it's no where near an exhaustive list. Also, as state and
federal budgets effect the operations of many of our parks, we
found that a few of our favorites (including Levey Park on the
Pasco-Kahlotus Road) only offer limited services in 2012.
Comment on this post to share your picks and create a great
resource for Moms in our community!
Hansen Park on Columbia Center Blvd. near 10th Street:
This is a large park that's surrounded by a parking lot,
undeveloped field, neighborhood street and retirement community.
While there are few picnic tables, there are plenty of
maturing trees where you can pitch a blanket for a great afternoon
snack. Plus, the park offers clean restrooms and a great
Chiawana Park: In Pasco and right on the
bike path, this park has a bit of everything. Plus, they just
installed a new playground that one mom told us is AMAZING!
Howard Amon Park: While we all know where this is
located, it kept coming up on the list. Pool, slides, trees,
bike paths, river ... the list continues.
Grange Park at Union Street Library:
There isn't a lot of shade here yet, but that seems to be one
of the only drawbacks. It offers a playground for smaller
children and tennis/basketball courts for the older kids. One
reader shared: It has the beautiful and interesting Master
Gardener gardens with raised beds for veggies and herbs, and a
child's garden with a sand box. Of course there is
the fish pond and water play area too that kids
love. There are covered gazebos with tables and lots of nice
grass for picnics. You can get a good book at the library or
participate in one of their many activities, then go outside, take
a walk around the park and watch your kids play.
So what are your park picks this summer?
Age isn't always the best way to decide whether a child has what
it takes to be a successful kindergartener. "Readiness" is the
issue and in recent years teachers have shifted focus from age to
social and cognitive development.
No single or simple factor will help you determine if your child
is ready, but when you enroll your child a teacher will schedule a
meeting with your child for a quick assessment of what they know
and where they might be struggling. This helps educators understand
the dynamic of their classroom and what specific areas they may
need to spend additional time on.
It's a painless assessment that probably stresses the parent out
more than the child. There are no 'failing' grades. Studies show
children entering school may be starting anywhere from a 3-year-old
to 8-year-old level.
Few children are equally competent in all areas. Many children
who are advanced mentally may lag behind emotionally, while
children who are extremely adept physically may be slower in terms
of language development.
If your child has already been to preschool, talk to the
teacher. He or she probably has a good sense of his development and
how your child compares with other children. If your child is not
in preschool or you just want another opinion, check with your
child's doctor. She will know about your child's physical
development and can offer helpful feedback as to whether your child
An example of the kindergarten assessment for Kennewick is
provided in the READY! for Kindergarten material or through the
Children's Reading Foundation. You can also find sample tests
online, such as www.covenanthome.com/kready.htm.
Tell us ... what are your best tips as a single mom?
The June/July issue is here! Read about MOM Makeover
winner Marisol Solorzano and much more.
MOM Makeover winner Marisol Solorzano - How does she do
Lessons from a stepmom - Be where you're
Road trips - Hit the road this
Fairs and festivals - Tips to make the most
of summer's events
Recipes - Potluck
Travel journals - Memory keeping on the
Summer Fun - Get
SuperDAD - Joshua Everett
The Mid-Columbia Libraries Summer Reading Program starts today!
Create an account, read your favorite books, and enter your reading
time. Read 15 hours by August 24 to enter to win a LeapFrog Tag
Junior Prize Pack (ages 0 - 5); Nook Tablet (ages 6 - 12); Kindle
Fire (ages 13 - 17); iPad 3 or computerized telescope (ages
18+). Kids and teens: complete your reading to get a free
book - pick up yours at the library beginning July 5.
Your child can also create a bookmark using this year's Summer
Reading Program theme: "Dream Big, Read!". You may use
crayons, colored markers/pencils, or ink. Age categories are: 0-5,
6-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-17. Enter as many bookmarks as you want.
More important details on the entry form.
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