Here are some ideas parents can use to help children prepare for school:
___1. If your child had a magic wand, what would he/she change bout the world?
___2. Have everyone write down two positive things about each member of the family. Read your list aloud at dinner.
___3. Let your child cut off the top of a carrot and put it in a shallow saucer of water. Watch the top sprout.
___4. At bedtime, ask your child about the hardest and best parts of his/her day.
___5. Pay your child a compliment today!
___6. Review spelling words with your child tonight.
___7. Ask your child to put on a talent show with his/her friends.
___8. Dedicate a day to helping the environment!
___9. Start a family library. Let your child choose his own shelf for books.
___10. Ask your child to put dry beans between damp paper towels. Keep moist. In a few days, check to see if they've sprouted.
___11. Start a change collection in a jar. Brainstorm together about how to use the money when the jar is full.
___12. Ask your child to figure out how many miles your car goes on one gallon of gas.
___13. Use math to give your child instructions. For example, ask your child to pick up 3 + 2 + 1 toys.
___14. Make up a short question. Ask your child to answer with a sentence that rhymes.
___15. Ask your child to write down the items you need before you go to the grocery store.
___16. Take your child to the library today!
Parents as partners,
Springfield Public School District $186
Dubois Elementary School
Parent Educator: Carlis Thomas