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Archives for April 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Plan some ‘bird-brained’ learning activities
Help your child sharpen his powers of observation while learning about nature and birds. Here’s how: With your child, look around your neighborhood for birds. Note the ones you see most often. Ask your child to make drawings of them. Can either of you identify them? Then take your child to the library to learn more about the birds you’ve seen and others in your area.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
To get your child to listen, listen to your child You want your child to listen attentively in school. You can help by listening to her. But it can be difficult to give your undivided attention when you’re trying to get dinner on the table, the dog is barking and a delivery truck has just arrived. When your child is trying to talk in a setting that makes it difficult to listen, make an appointment to talk later, when things are calmer. Then follow through. http://niswc.com/11dcC307346
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Is your child safe at home alone?
Ideally, children should be supervised at all times. But it is also important to teach them what to do if they must be home alone. Stress that your child must never open the door to a stranger, and he should not tell an unknown caller on the phone that he is alone. Review safety procedures, such as who to call in an emergency. For more information, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website: www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/homealone/.
Guiding Good Choices: Parenting Skills
Free Parenting Class For Parents/Caregivers of 4th-8th Graders
1. How to set clear expectations and consequences
2. Manage conflict
3. Improve family communication
4. Teach healthy choices and resist peer pressure to your child
Held weekly at Milton High School on Thursdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm, April 30th through May 28th
HEALTHY SNACKS AND WEEKLY DOOR PRIZES!
COME FOR ALL 5 WEEKS AND GET A $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO HANNAFORD’S
Contact Joanne Davidman at 802-893-5359 or at email@example.com
You can also contact your student’s school counselor to register.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Sports build skills and confidence
After-school sports give children a chance to learn how to do something well. That gives them confidence they can use in school, too. It’s essential, however, to let your child’s interest, not yours, motivate which sport she chooses. Praise her when she does well, and ignore the rest. She’ll probably get enough knocks on the playing field. Give her hugs at home.
Did you ever wonder why cereal boxes have advertising on the back? It’s because manufacturers know that kids read the boxes. Take a tip from the cereal makers and turn breakfast time into learning time. As your child reads the box, ask questions such as, “What is bran? What other foods are made from bran?” “Where was this cereal made? Can you find it on a map?” “What new name would you give this cereal?”
Experts say that encouraging children to read may be the most important thing parents can do to ensure their child’s school success. Try these three ways to put more reading into your child’s life: 1. Get the whole family involved. Read favorite parts of books aloud to one another. 2. Make sure your child sees you reading. Keep books, newspapers and magazines around. 3. Go to the library often with your child.
Patience is a necessary skill for school success. Teach your child to recognize the signs when he is becoming impatient. Is he talking louder or faster? Tapping his foot? Making comments such as, “This is taking forever?” Once he knows the signs, a little self talk can help. Teach him to say to himself, “Stay calm,” “I’m going to be patient,” and “Getting upset isn’t going to help anything.”
If you are planning a trip, involve your child in researching the places you’ll visit. Together, look your destination up in an encyclopedia or on the Internet. Help your child learn about the history of the places you’ll pass. Were there battles there? What famous people came from the city or state? What is the population? Doing some research before you leave will make the trip more interesting for your child.
Everyday activities help children learn
Simple, everyday activities you can do with your child can help her learn at any time. At the grocery store, ask your child to figure out the cost of five apples. On the way home, have her point out signs with the word “right.” Ask “why” and “what if” questions that make your child think: “Why do you think that character is sad?” “What do you think would happen if… ?”