Monday, August 19, 2019
Sneak some writing into your child's daily life
Being able to communicate well in writing will help your child succeed in school and in a career. So look for fun ways to help her practice. She may enjoy sending emails or texts to friends and family. You might also write her a letter about a book you've read together and ask her to write back. Challenge your child to rewrite the ending of a movie, and encourage her to express her thoughts and feelings in a journal.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Give reading an artistic dimension
Combining reading and creative activities develops your child's imagination and keeps the reading interesting. Give him some crayons and encourage him to draw pictures of characters or scenes from a favorite story. You can also ask your child to make up songs about stories and books. Ask, "What might the three little pigs sing when the wolf is coming? How would the music sound?"
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
New challenges can bring on challenging behavior
It would be nice if all children outgrew difficult behaviors early in life. But sometimes, they persist into the school years. And the responsibilities, schedules and rules of a new class can make self-control a challenge for some kids. Don't give in to tantrums, but be understanding. If your child is having trouble sharing, for example, put favorite toys away before friends visit. Get out other fun items for her to share.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Have your child do the math for a sweet summer treat
Make "ice cream-in-a-bag" on a hot summer day with your child, and he'll get some measuring practice along with a treat. Have your child measure one half-cup of milk, one tablespoon of sugar and one quarter teaspoon of vanilla and seal them into a zip-top sandwich bag. Put the bag into a gallon-size zip-top bag, along with crushed ice and eight tablespoons of rock salt. Seal and shake until you get ice cream!
Friday, August 23, 2019
Reinforce responsibility and follow it with fun
Kids who learn responsibility at home are more responsible at school. To boost your child's sense of responsibility, avoid doing things for her that she can do for herself (that goes for homework, too!). Assign your child some household chores, including picking up after herself. List them on a chart so she can check them off as she does them. Also list some fun activities that she can do after the work is done.
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Think about discipline before your child misbehaves
No child behaves perfectly all the time. But good behavior in school makes it easier for everyone to learn. Decide in advance how you will handle your child's misbehavior. Explain rules and consequences up front. Sometimes, it's possible to distract your child before he misbehaves. And when you want to change your child's behavior, reward him with extra attention when he does what you want.
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Fill your home with words for your child to read
Reading with your child doesn't always have to involve books. You can help your beginning reader learn in lots of ways. For example, label furniture and household items with sticky notes (chair, table, toaster, etc.). Go around the house and read the labels with your child. Then collect the labels and ask her to replace each one on the matching item.