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Monday, October 29, 2018

Take action to stop bullying

Bullying can damage children physically and emotionally. It can also affect a victim's ability to do well in school. If your child is being picked on, talk to him about things he can do to stop it, such as ignoring the bully and walking away. Carefully monitor the situation, and if the bullying continues or escalates, take action: Talk to the school principal or counselor and work together to resolve the issue.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Encourage reading, one chapter at a time

Get your child excited about the idea of reading by introducing her to the pleasures of chapter books. Find a book you think she will enjoy. It could be a classic or a new book recommended by the librarian. Have your child read (or you read to her) just one chapter a night. Talk about the story. Ask your child to predict what will happen next. If she enjoys the book, see if it has a sequel and read that one, too!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Pumpkin math is a seasonal treat

Today is a great day to do some pumpkin math with your child! Get your child a pumpkin, and then have him: Estimate how much the pumpkin weighs. Weigh the pumpkin, and then add or subtract to see how much heavier or lighter it is than his estimate. Estimate, and then measure, how many inches the pumpkin is around (its circumference) at its widest point. Count its seeds by fives, 10's and 20's.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Get crafty for creative fun

Art teaches many lessons, including cause and effect, problem-solving and self-expression. And it is creative fun! Help your child explore his artistic gifts by making some seasonal crafts together. To turn a brown paper lunch bag into a colorful turkey puppet, have your child draw a turkey's face on the bag's bottom. Then she can decorate half a paper plate like a turkey's tail. Glue the plate to the bag so it sticks up behind the face.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Exhibit your child's work in a special gallery

When you display your child's schoolwork and artwork, it builds his self-esteem. But there isn't always room on the refrigerator. One mom created a family gallery by installing a strip of corkboard along a hallway wall, low enough for her children to reach. Now the kids put their own work up for family viewing, and the displays change all year long!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Try activities that help growing brains practice paying attention

As your child goes through elementary school, her brain continues to develop. That means that with practice, she can increase her attention span. One way you can help her is by reading aloud every day. It also helps to play games or work on projects that require your child to sit still and listen carefully. You can also have her describe an event, such as a trip to the zoo, in as much detail as she can.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

A hand's-off approach puts the focus on learning

Sometimes parents help too much with their child's school projects. It can be really tempting. After all, you want your child to get good grades. But there is a better approach. Instead of thinking about grades, think about what your child can learn from doing the project himself. Ask his teacher about the best ways to support your child's efforts.