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Monday, February 12, 2018

Encourage your child to 'read like Abe'

Abraham Lincoln was born on this day in 1809. Although he had only a little more than a year of formal education, Lincoln learned to love reading and was mostly self-educated. Plan a trip to the library with your child this week and check out a book on Abraham Lincoln. Ask the librarian to help you find one at your child's reading level. Then talk about how reading helped Lincoln accomplish great things.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Make TV time productive by practicing math skills

Even your child's favorite TV show can provide an opportunity to practice math skills. As he watches, have your child keep track of the number of minutes of program before each commercial break and the number of minutes of commercials. Which is greater, program minutes or commercial minutes? Have him create a bar graph with his results.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Your time makes the best valentine

This Valentine's Day, show your child she is loved with a gift of your time. Here's how: Cut out some paper hearts. On each heart, put an amount of time, from 10, 15 or 30 minutes to an hour. Each voucher is good for the specified amount of one-on-one time with you. Then let your child turn in a voucher any time she wants your undivided attention. And today and every day, tell your child that you love her!

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

A current events wall brings the world to your child

One way to keep your child in touch with what's happening in the world is to create a current events wall together. Encourage your child to look through magazines and newspapers and cut out pictures and news items about current events. Post them on a bulletin board. Older children can sort the stories into categories, such as local, national and world articles. Change the display every week or two.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Connect actions and consequences

It's important for your child to understand that his actions have consequences. Whenever possible, establish consequences that logically flow from your child's actions. For example: If he won't get up in the morning, his bedtime will have to be earlier, since he obviously needs more sleep. Reinforce that all choices have consequences by having family members talk at dinner about the results of their choices that day.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Any time together can be learning time

You don't have to set aside a block of time to teach your child. Just do the things you normally do, but do them with your child. Let her observe and ask questions. Let her help you. Encourage her curiosity by asking questions: Why do you think I do it this way? Where does the dryer get its hot air? When should we put in the muffins if they take 15 minutes to bake and we need them at 2 PM?

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Help with homework…without doing it

Helping with homework shouldn't mean doing it for your child. To offer effective help, make sure he has a well-lit, well-supplied study area. Then set a regular homework time so your child will develop good study habits. Turn TVs, phones and loud music off. When subjects are challenging, help your child see how they relate to his interests. Make up games or songs to help him learn facts.

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