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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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Photo Bomb: Peruvian Amazon Trip

Posted on: October 8th, 2014


For six Academy at the Lakes’ students, summer vacation included the adventure of a lifetime.

The students, ranging from Grades 5 through 10, traveled with their families as part of Academy at the Lakes’ Amazonia Expedition group, spending eight days deep in the heart of the Peruvian jungle. Amazonia Expeditions is owned and operated by Academy parents of alumni Paul and Dolly Beaver (daughter, Stephanie ’14).

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Things to Do In Tampa Bay on Labor Day Weekend

Posted on: August 19th, 2014

Things to Do In Tampa Bay on Labor Day Weekend


Labor Day is just around the corner and there is more to do than just barbeque!

Here are some fun, family-friendly events happening throughout the Tampa Bay area during Labor Day weekend.

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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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Fun Family-Friendly Outdoor Activities to do in Tampa Bay This Summer

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014


There is no time to be bored in Tampa Bay during summer break! Below we have a comprehensive list of fun outdoor family-friendly activities all across the Tampa Bay area.

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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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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 Educational Play Activities for Kids

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014

Whether your child is in school or at home with you, educational play is a fantastic way to spend quality time together while disguising learning with fun!

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Family Friendly Holiday Events in Tampa Bay

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013

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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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