• 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.

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    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?"

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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