Keep your kids sharp all summer long!
Now that school is over and the kids are at home, how do you keep them from losing all the learning that has happened in the last year? Sure, there are lots of materials at teacher stores, but it is pretty likely that you will get eye rolls and groans from your kids. So, how do you keep their skills up without it feeling like they are doing work? Here are some sneaky ideas. The #1 Easy Way To Help Your Child's Confidence SOAR!
1. Jenga with Words. The blocks on the game Jenga can have specific questions or requests. Each time a player moves a Jenga block, they read the block and do what it says. Examples could be as simple as "What is your favorite president," or more complex such as "If you could talk to one president, who would it be and what would you ask him?"
Make the questions age appropriate and make them fun. Your goal is to foster curiosity. Do not make the questions similar to a quiz. Kids will see right through it.
2. Don't Break The Chain. One person begins a story by writing down the first paragraph, and hands it to the next family member. The person then reads it, and adds another paragraph that relates to the first paragraph, and then hands it to the next person, and so on. It can go around a number of times. For example ...
First Person: Once upon a time there was a small village named Messyville. It was a nice village, and it had lots of nice people in it. But, it had one major problem.
Second Person: The big problem was that everyone was very messy. They never cleaned up after themselves, and there was trash everywhere. But since everybody was messy, it did not really matter. Nobody really had a problem with it, until …
Third Person: a new family moved in. The parent's names were Patty and Peter Particular. Their kids were named Paul and Penny. If you have not figured it out yet, they were very neat and particular. During their first walk around their new neighborhood …
Talk with your kids about story structure. Start by setting the scene, then add characters, then add the villain, etc. Do not let family members take the story way off track. Once a certain story line has been started, do not start a new one. Add to the story, do not change it. Also, do not correct for grammar and spelling. This is supposed to be fun.
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