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Daily Parent Engagement Tips

Monday, April 30, 2018

Here's a way to help your child sharpen her powers of observation while learning about nature and birds. With your child, look around your neighborhood for birds. Note the ones you see most often. Ask her to make drawings of them. Can either of you identify them? Then take your child to the library to learn more about the birds you've seen and other birds found in your area.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Think beyond Mother's Day and Memorial Day and plan to celebrate (and learn) with your child on other May holidays. Practice kindness to a pet during Be Kind to Animals Week (May 6-12). Write limericks on Limerick Day (May 12). Write letters to faraway relatives on Visit Your Relatives Day (May 18). Read about aviation on the anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's historic solo flight across the Atlantic (May 21).

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Writing numbers out in word form is a good way for your child to understand the mathematical concept of "place value." Give your child a list of four or five numbers, such as 562, 73, 184, 16 and 43. Have her write them in words: five hundred sixty-two, seventy-three and so on. Then try it in reverse. Give your child the words and ask her to write the numbers.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Children aren't born with a lot of patience and self-control. They need to learn these qualities. But if you are always in a hurry, complaining about traffic delays or saying "Hurry up!" to your child, it will be hard for him to learn patience from you. Model the behavior you want your child to have. Remember, your child may try your patience, but you'll weaken his if you lose your cool.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Your child will be more inclined to study if she is motivated to learn than if you nag her. To spark her motivation, be a learner yourself. Show curiosity and tackle new projects. Then share what you learn with your child. Show an interest in what she is learning, too. Above all, express your confidence in your child's ability to learn, and help her see that problems can be solved.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Does your child think that success is something that just happens to others? One way to change that mindset is to talk about good things that could "possibly" happen to him. Be creative. Let your child know you see a bright future for him. Chances are, you'll start him thinking about positive possibilities, too. That's an important step toward success.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Exercise is important to keeping your child healthy and fit to learn. But it is important for your child to exercise safely. Each year thousands of children are injured while riding bicycles. Many of these injuries are preventable. Teach your child about bike safety and supervise when she rides. Make sure she always wears a properly-fitting helmet. And until kids reach age 10, they should not ride bikes in the street.