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Monday, September 17, 2018

Make breakfast easy to grab on the go

It takes a lot of energy for children to concentrate in school. To supply that energy, stock up on nutritious foods that are easy to fix and quick to eat. That way, your child can eat a healthy breakfast and still catch the bus. Keep fresh fruit on hand. Hard boil and refrigerate some eggs in advance. Most kids can make toast with peanut butter. And if your child wants a slice of last night's chicken, let him eat it.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Connect letters and the sounds they make

Building your child's language skills will help her learn to read. Point out the sounds that letters or groups of letters make, such as the "d" in the word "doll" or the "th" in words like "throw" and "through." Try rhyming, too. Pick out a word that your child has used in a sentence, and ask, "What rhymes with that?" Then take turns naming a rhyming word until you can't think of any more.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Help your child make broadcast history

History is much more than a collection of facts. It is the story of people and events. Here's an idea that can make history come alive: Give your child an audio recorder. Have him create and record a "radio broadcast" exactly as it might have happened in the historical period he's studying. Suggest he add sound effects to make the story more exciting. He can even try doing "personal interviews."

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Use role-play to promote understanding

The next time you and your child have a disagreement, try switching roles. After things calm down, ask your child to pretend she's the parent and you're the child. Act the way your child was acting, and make your "parent" explain why you should behave differently. Try to convince her why she should let you do as you want. You'll have some fun mirroring each other's behavior and get a better idea of the other's point of view.

Friday, September 21, 2018

One word from you can motivate your child

Your child has been working to master a new math skill, but his homework shows that he still doesn't understand it. Your words can motivate him…or cause him to give up. Replace "You're still not getting it," with "You haven't quite mastered this yet." The word "yet" sends a signal that your child can get the answer if he just keeps going. Children will keep working if they believe they can succeed.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Look for letters on an alphabet hike

Turn an ordinary walk into an alphabet hike and have some learning fun! Write the alphabet on a piece of paper. Then grab a paper bag and set out with your child to find one item for each letter. Pull up a Dandelion, pick up a Penny, dig for a Worm. Keep track of the letters you need as you go along. When you get home, ask your child to arrange the items in alphabetical order.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Encourage writing, one sentence at a time

Here's a fun way to encourage your child to write. Give her a special notebook and encourage her to write down the first sentence of a story. Each day afterward, have your child write one sentence, and only one, to move the story along. It's helpful to set aside a regular time for this writing. Once a week, have her add an illustration. In time, your child will have written an imaginative and fun story.