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How to Help Kids Learn How to Tell Time

In this digital age children are needed less and less traditional methods of requiring information. Instead of getting an encyclopedia to find information, kids have Google. Instead of learning how to read a map, we have GPS devices and navigation apps on our phones. One thing is becoming apparent, a lot of kids struggle with telling time from a traditional clock. Why use a traditional clock when they can look at it on their phone? If the satellites go down even briefly, it could mess up all types of systems. It can even be a less drastic situation where the power goes out in the house or the phone dies. It is important for kids to know this basic skill so that they know how to read a clock in the case of an emergency or where a digital clock is no where to be found. Below is a YouTube link that can help you help your child learn how to tell time.

How To Help Kids Learn How To Tell Time on YouTube


Reading Treats

Is it reading time and your child is resisting? Try these reading treats! Do you have any tips to share on how you encourage your children to enjoy reading?

(Taken from Serendipity from Jewels and Company)



Sneaky Teacher: Ways to Slip In Learning and Prevent Summer Brain Drain

Kids spend the year learning, learning, and learning. When summer comes, they experience what experts call “brain drain.” How can you help them retain what they’ve learned during the school year? This topic was discussed on Good Morning America. What do you think?

Now that school is out, most families can’t help but think of summer in terms of fun — especially after dreaming all winter about lazy days in the backyard and nights free of homework and projects. That’s one reason why the anecdotal and statistical information on what happens to kids academically over the long break can seem so depressing.

Parenting.com reports that virtually all kids will lose some hard-won math knowledge, and many will experience setbacks in reading. As a result, teachers will begin the next school year teaching the same material in the fall for a month or more. So how can summer-loving families reconcile these two seemingly separate camps — summer as fun and summer as academics? Parenting.com’s Rachel Fishman Feddersen shares some great ideas for combating summer brain drain.

Take the Science-Fair Volcano to the Next Level. You have to sacrifice a two-liter bottle of diet soda for this one (it’s less sticky than regular soda, so easier to clean up), but it’ll be worth it. Open the soda on the driveway or in the yard. Now, as quickly as possible (it helps to use a funnel; you can make one out of paper), drop an entire roll of Mentos candies into the bottle and run: The soda will explode from the bottle, making a huge geyser.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Ice Cream. Put salt and ice in a gallon-size plastic bag. Now put half-and-half, sugar and vanilla in a sandwich-size one. Seal it, and place the small bag in the larger one. Seal that, and start
dancing to “churn” the mixture into ice cream!

Calling All Parents! How Do You Prevent Kids’ Summer Brain Drain? Send ‘GMA’ Your Creative Ideas, Tricks to Sneak In Learning

Evaporation Detectives. Circle puddles on the cement with chalk after a storm, then check them throughout the day. Your child will see the puddles shrink before his eyes — a vivid image of how the water cycle works.

Bowling For Fractions. Draw a line with chalk on the sidewalk. Measure out 1/4, 1/2, 1/6, and so forth — whatever fractions your child might reasonably know. Now place boxes or plastic bottles (whatever you can come up with that is easily knocked over) on the marks. The players name the fraction they are going to hit and then roll their ball for the pin they think sits on that fraction. Players get points for the correct fraction — and the hit.

A-Z Neighborhood Walk. Turn a simple stroll into a stimulating learning experience. Bring along a measuring tape to see who can find the tree with the biggest circumference, the sunflower with the largest face, a huge rock. Along the way, look up for birds’ nests. What kind of materials did the birds use? Have kids keep a mental list of objects seen on the walk that begin with each letter of the alphabet. When you return back home, use chalk to write out the words together on the driveway.

Three-Way Race. Pull different modes of transportation from the garage — bikes, skateboards, scooters. Use chalk to draw start and finish lines in a safe area, and have kids test each toy to see which one gets them to the finish line first. Use sidewalk chalk to keep track of who is using what, while one child uses a stopwatch to record the times. Compare and subtract the scores to see how much the winner of each race won by, and have kids switch from the bike to another item to see how much their time increases or decreases.

For more fun activities to keep kids’ brains stimulated over the summer break, visit Parenting.com.

More From Parenting.com:

16 Fun Brain-Boosting Games

Moms’ Top Tips for Helping Kids Learn Over the Summer

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