Summer for kids means swimming and staying up late. Summer at a pediatrician’s office means lots of yearly check-ups and pre-participation physicals (also known as sports physicals). A physical is recommended yearly for all kids over the age of 3 and more frequently for children under 3. The State of Missouri also mandates that all high school athletes have an annual physical done after Feb. 1 so summer is a natural time to have that done. The urgent care down the street, the retail-based clinic at your local pharmacy and even chiropractors are advertising that they can do them — so why not just go there?
As a parent, you often have a checklist of things you expect — and want — in a child care or preschool, such as a developmentally appropriate curriculum, safe and secure facilities, and caring teachers. But what sets one place apart from the other is often little “perks” that add up to a lot.
What’s in a field trip? History comes alive for students when they encounter objects and documents used by individuals they have learned about in class! The Missouri History Museum presents many different voices in its galleries and exhibitions, and offers interpretive tours that allow students to encounter and connect with those stories. Museum learning provides a new environment in which students may practice and expand their literacy and problem-solving skills and offers a safe place to hear, consider, and evaluate diverse points of view.
American children are consuming sodium at levels that far exceed health recommendations, reports the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and this early taste preference could put kids at increased risk for cardiovascular diseases later in their lives.