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Meet the Instructors: a Chat with RARE Learning Filmmaking Teacher Matt

We recently sat down for a second interview with Matt, who teaches RARE’s filmmaking classes in Pflugerville for his thoughts on the art of filmmaking, memorable student interactions and more! Matt, who has been working with RARE for three years, found the beginnings of his interest in filmmaking when he worked for an elementary school,… read more »

Summer at the Rec: What’s On At The Frisco Athletic Center?

For the second installment of the ‘Summer at the Rec’ series, RARE Learning explores what’s new at the Frisco Athletic Center located in Frisco, Texas. With more than 80 different camps on offer, the Frisco Athletic Center has programming to meet a diverse range of interests. “We offer anything from tennis and fishing to robotic,… read more »

Summer at the Rec: What’s On At Your Community Center?

It’s finally summer! And with it, the season of sunshine brings the annual question parents ask themselves: ‘What’s the best way for my child to spend his/her time?’ When searching for potential options, you don’t have to venture further than your local community centers for a wealth of educational and entertaining summer programs on offer…. read more »

Let’s Learn Together: Parent-Child Tag Team for Early Success

A new and unique ‘Moms and Tots’ preschool program at RARE Learning offers parents the opportunity to accompany their two-year-old to early childhood education classes. The program will be offered at the Mustang Park Recreation Center in Las Colinas locales of Irving during the summer and will be extend to the Cimarron Park Recreation Center… read more »

4 Reasons Why Math Matters for your Preschooler

Mathematics- like it or not, it’s all around us. From counting toys to calculating taxes, quantitative skills are needed and used in every walk of life from childhood till adulthood. The sooner your child starts developing and practicing these skills, the better their comfort level with academic success in years to come.  So when thinking… read more »

Pre-K Learning Mixed in with Summertime Fun

School’s out for the summer- but does learning ever take a break? As tempting as it can be to give in to the fun of long summer days filled with rest and relaxation, not providing children with enough intellectual stimulation can come at the cost of a significant slide in their academic performance. Simply put,… read more »

Learning How to Read – Phonics vs Whole Language

There has been a constant debate over the years over the methods used for teaching children how to read.  The two methods are phonics and whole language. Phonics is a method by which children are taught the sound of individual alphabets and how they can combine different sounds in order to form words. On the… read more »

An Engaging Change to the RARE Learning Photography Class

The photography class at RARE Learning is a 5 day course for 9-14 year olds. The course initially focused on students attending the classes and taking back with them what they learnt each day. Andrew Valentine is a photography and film camp instructor at RARE Learning (rarelearning.com) and he came up with an idea to… read more »

Kissing the Back to School Blues Goodbye!

The start of a new school year brings on a whole lot of new things; new friends, new school, new teachers, new schedules, new books and new learning experiences. For Pre-K kids, this can be quite overwhelming. While some kids may find the thought of going to school exciting, others may be a little nervous… read more »