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Creating a “Growth Mindset” in Your Child Through Reading

Posted on: September 22nd, 2016

Words by Mrs. Debbie Szarko, Lower Division Librarian  An Introduction I started working at Academy at the Lakes during the second year of its inception. After working for five years, I decided to start a family. So, I took a hiatus for a while to do the very important job of raising children. I never […]


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A Color of His Own Preschool Craft Ideas

Posted on: July 9th, 2015

A Color of His Own Preschool Craft Ideas

Like all of the grade levels at Academy at the Lakes, our rising PreK3 students have a summer reading assignment. This encourages students to read with their parents and continue their education while enjoying vacation and the Florida sunshine.

In conjunction with the summer reading assignment, preschoolers engage in a related activity that they will share in class on the first day of school.

PreK3’s summer reading assignment for the 2015-16 school year is A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. This is a cute story of a chameleon trying to find his place in a very colorful world.
As the book revolves around color, so does the corresponding assignment. Our preschoolers are instructed to create a picture using their favorite colors. The choice of media is up to the student – paint, markers, colored pencils, crayons. The opportunities are endless!

It is with this inspiration that we present you with several arts and crafts project ideas inspired by this adorable book, A Color of His Own.


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How to Read to Your Child

Posted on: October 16th, 2014

How to Read to Your Child

Reading aloud is about more than learning to read, it is about making connections between parent and child.

Reading to your child can create an emotional bond like no other. It’s a bond that will withstand varying stages of growth and development and it also will provide an avenue to communicate.


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Things We Pinned: Summer Activities for Kids

Posted on: June 16th, 2014

Things We Pinned: Summer Activities for Kids

Did you know that Academy is on Pinterest?

Follow our boards and get inspired on topics such as:

…and so much more!

We recently added a Summer Time board on Pinterest where we will be adding summer activities and ideas.


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Summer Reading Recommendations for Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Posted on: May 29th, 2014

Summer-Reading-Reccommendations

Looking for some good reads this summer for your Kindergartener through 4th Grader? Here are some of the best books from the last year. With strong characters, fun plots and wonderful storytelling, all of the following books should provide plenty of entertainment for readers.


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6 Great Dr. Seuss Books for Beginning Readers

Posted on: March 12th, 2014

6 Great Dr Seuss Books for Beginning Readers

This week is the premier of Academy’s all school musical, Seussical!

In honor of our musical, we are sharing this list compiled by our Lower Division Library and Reading Specialist, Mrs. Debbie Szarko, of Dr. Seuss books for beginning readers.


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6 Books to Help You Find Your Perfect College

Posted on: February 20th, 2014

Our Associate Director of College Counseling, Mrs. Deborah Picairn, has put together a fantastic list of books that will aid in the college search process. For more college planning resources, visit our website.


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18 Favorite Books for Kids Ages 5 & 6 (Kindergarten & 1st Grade)

Posted on: February 5th, 2014

Mrs. Debbie Szarko, our Lower Division Library and Reading Specialist shares her list of favorite books for children Kindergarten and 1st Grade – ages 5 and 6.


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9 Book Recommendations for Middle and High School Students (MD/UD)

Posted on: December 26th, 2013

Once a month we will be sharing our favorite books for all levels of school-aged children from our very own experts, our librarians.


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Book Recommendations for PreK3 and Junior Kindergarten (Ages 3 & 4)

Posted on: November 11th, 2013

Once a month we will be sharing our favorite books for all levels of school-aged children from our very own experts, our librarians.


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