The important thing is to set aside a day or two a week to do a learning activity. There are wonderful "trips" that you can take, fun places to visit. You can go to the zoo, to the park, to a farm, to a museum, to the library, to an art gallery or art museum, to name a few. Plan your trip together. Do the math: figure out how far you will travel, how much it will cost. Make a plan: map out your route, decide what you might need to take. When you return home discuss your adventure. What did you like? What was the best part? The worst? Write a few paragraphs about your trip and put the paper into a folder with the awesome pictures that you took.
Another tip; while in the car play games to enhance your youngster's language skills. Give your child a word and ask them to tell you all about the word. Expect at least three attributes. Example, "flower", it has leaves, it has a stem, it has a blossom, there are petals on the flower, etc. Give your child a group of words and ask which one does not belong. Example, football, monopoly, baseball, tennis. Give your child a group of words and ask for him/her to put them in a sentence. Example, shut, please, door, the. Give your child a word that you are sure that they don't know and see if they can guess what it means. Discuss the new word and use it a few times.
Talking and writing will strengthen your child's academic skills.
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February 1, 2009
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