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Tip of the Day
Tip of the Day
Derek Trimm
Thursday, October 31, 2019
  1. For a little math practice, take turns tossing a football, and
    have your youngster walk heel-to-toe to measure how far the ball traveled. Then, choose different distances (5 “feet,” 10 “feet”) and see who can land a toss closest to the target.
  2. Help your child practice vocabulary words by writing them on
    sticky notes and placing them on random spaces of a board game. If you land on a word and use it correctly in a sentence, you get an extra turn.
  3. Promote good hygiene habits now so they’re automatic in the
    teen years. Let your child decide when to shower (morning, evening) and pick out products (soaps, shampoos). Having a say in the routine will make your youngster more likely to follow it.
  4. How does the shape of an animal’s ears affect its hearing? Ask
    your child to design “ears” by molding tinfoil into ear shapes like those in photos of animals. Together, test the new ears by holding them slightly behind your ears and listening.
  5. Start a “see something, do something” rule to develop your child’s initiative. Explain that it’s helpful to do things without waiting to be asked. For example, if you see that the kitchen trash is full, take it out. Or if you see that the dog needs water, fill up the bowl. 
  6. Good visual discrimination skills make it easier for readers to
    tell similar letters, like b and d, apart. To develop this in your child, race to find items in hidden pictures. Ask a librarian to recommend books or search online for “hidden picture printables.”
  7. Sleepovers build friendships and encourage independence. Help
    your child host one for a friend or cousin. Put your youngster in charge of planning the activities (board games, a movie) and the food (dinner, snack, breakfast). Then, choose a night for the big event.