eTip: Daily Parent Engagement Message

On May 1, 2018



Saturday, May 26, 2018
Make time for learning in your summer schedule

Kids love summer. It’s a time when life is more relaxed. But they still need some structure to their day. Otherwise, they may spend day after day watching screens and never get around to activities that help them learn. Draw up a summer schedule. Include large blocks of time for play. Build in reading time and time for chores. And although you may relax rules on bedtime, don’t give them up altogether.

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Thank-you notes build writing skills…and character

Writing thank-you notes is good writing practice. Expressing gratitude can also boost your child’s spirits and build character. Set an example for your child. When you thank someone, share how it makes you feel. Help your child brainstorm reasons to thank people. It’s common to thank someone for a present. But she can also write notes to thank a friend for something she did, or just for being a good friend.


Monday, May 28, 2018
Give your child the courage to cope

Feeling confident and capable helps children cope with challenges. To nurture this kind of self-esteem, tell your child you love him all the time, not just when he’s successful. Emphasize his strengths and point out his progress. Give him a sense of purpose by helping him set attainable goals. Help him see that he can overcome difficulties, and frequently express your belief in his abilities to succeed.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Make the most of outdoor time

Children need to play outdoors. Being out in nature boosts their observation skills and builds creativity. To encourage your child to observe, give her time to quietly watch the environment. Then ask some questions. “Can you feel where the wind is coming from?” “What’s the ant doing?” To stimulate creativity, encourage her to make up poetry, songs and stories about what she’s seeing and doing.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Your child can learn a lot in a few minutes

What can you do with a few extra minutes? Here are three things teachers recommend: 1.Teach values. Read a story that has moral dilemmas and discuss why actions are right or wrong. 2.Tell your child you love him. Children need to feel secure and loved to take the risks necessary to learn. 3. Ask your child to tell you about something he finds interesting, and listen attentively to what he says.

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Have fun with fractions

Learning fractions can be a challenge for some children. Hands-on activities can help. Try this with your child: Give her some measuring cups and two identical glasses. Have her pour one cup of water into the first glass. Then have her guess: How many half-cups will it take to fill the other glass to the same level? How many quarter cups? One-third cups? Let her experiment to find out.

Friday, June 1, 2018
Take advantage of local learning opportunities

This summer, discover places in the community where your child can learn. Some may be familiar to him, such as the library. Others may surprise him. At the mall, for example, have your child count the number of stores and figure out what percentage of them sell clothes, or sell children’s products. Or use a fast-food restaurant’s nutrition information to teach your child to make healthy choices.

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Do your rules still ‘fit’ your child?

When your child outgrows some of her clothing, it needs to be replaced. Your child can also outgrow the limits you’ve set for her. That’s why it’s important to check regularly to see whether your rules still “fit.” Remember that if you relax a boundary and she doesn’t respond well, you can always return to the way things were and try again in a few months.

Sunday, June 3, 2018
Use money to teach valuable skills

Learning to manage money gives your child math practice and a lesson in financial responsibility into the bargain. Ask him to keep a record of the money he earns or is given, and what he spends it on. And when you pay family bills, talk with your child about family priorities, and how they are reflected in your finances. Ask your child to suggest future priorities and ways your family could save for them.