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By GreatSchools Staff
Take a walk around the neighborhood with your child and collect leaves from several different kinds of trees. Bring them back home and discuss the similarities and differences among them. Ask questions such as, "What do they all have in common?" When finished, your child can make a leaf collage by arranging the leaves between sheets of wax paper or contact paper. If using wax paper iron the sheets together.
Have your child explore with a magnifying glass to observe details in objects he would not be able to see otherwise. He can look at items around him such as fabric, hair and dirt. Ask questions such as, "What details can you see when an object is magnified?" and "How do these objects look different when magnified?"
Help your child learn about rain. Pour two inches of very hot water into a glass jar. Cover the jar with a plate, wait a few minutes and put ice cubes on the plate. Watch the cold plate make the warm air in the jar condense and form droplets.
Learning to observe is an important skill in science. Have your child keep a journal to write about and draw her observations. Encourage her to use all her senses (sound, sight, taste, smell and feel.) Be clear in letting her know not to taste something unless she has permission.
Talk with your child about different forms of transportation - car, bike, bus, plane or boat. Discuss the pros and cons of each.
When planning your next family vacation, get out the maps and a globe, and talk with your child about where you'll be going and what direction you'll be heading. Measure the distance on a map with a ruler and convert from inches to miles.
With your child, research holiday traditions and customs in other countries. How are they different or the same as yours?
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