Monday, June 15, 2015
This scavenger hunt gets kids reading
You can get your child reading by challenging him to a scavenger hunt—without ever leaving the living room. Give your child a newspaper, and ask him to find things such as: A picture of a person running for office. The time a movie will show at a nearby theater. A map of your state. The score of a football game. The name of a store having a sale. The price of sugar at your local market.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Veterinarian, mechanic, trapeze artist: What does your child dream of being?
It’s not too early for your child to begin thinking about careers. Here are some ways to explore her career choices: Take your child to the library and visit the occupation reference section to look at books about careers. Help your child learn about other countries and cultures—as the economy gets more global, many jobs have international components. Encourage your child’s interests and dreams about the future.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Speak and listen with love
The things you say to your child make a big difference in how he feels about himself. To build his self-esteem and confidence: Tell your child directly that you love him. Don’t expect him to figure it out. Treat your child with courtesy. If you want him to say please and thank you to you, say them to him. Above all, listen to your child. He will feel that what he says matters.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
A compliment a day brings out the best in your child
Children are naturally self-centered. But parents can help them grow out of this. Encourage your child to compliment at least one person every day. Ask her to be on the lookout for good things her friends and relatives do. Then she can be sincere in her compliments. To reinforce this behavior, ask each day whom she complimented.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Play ‘Dictionary Stumpers’ to build vocabulary
Here’s a fun word game to play with your child that will build dictionary skills. Give your child a dictionary (or let him use one on the computer) and ask: Is a burnoose the cousin of a moose? Can you bustle, hustle and jostle at the same time? How much bread is in a breadfruit? Can you abandon an abalone? Ask your child to use the dictionary to think up some challenging questions for you!
Saturday, June 20, 2015
What floats your child’s boat?
Try some science at home and help your child understand why a large boat can float. Give her two pieces of aluminum foil the same size. Have her squeeze one into a dense little ball. Help her make the other piece into a small boat. Put them both in water. What happens? Explain that the airless ball sinks because it is heavier than the amount of water it moves aside. The boat shape, filled with air, pushes more water aside, so it floats!
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Send out-of-place items to the ‘black hole’
Children in school share lots of supplies and equipment. If these things aren’t put away properly, the students can’t learn with them next time. Teach your child respect for belongings by sending clutter to the “black hole” (a drawer or cupboard with a lock on it). When his things are left out past the time they should be picked up, they go into the black hole. Your child must then do a chore to redeem them.