- Create a Book Together Fold pieces of paper in half and staple them to make a book. Ask your child to write sentences on each page and add illustrations
- I Read to You, You Read to Me Take turns reading aloud at bedtime.
- Once is Not Enough Encourage your child to re-read favorite books and poems—especially any Raising Readers books you received from your healthcare provider! Re-reading helps kids read more quickly and accurately.
Science & Math
- Smells The fresh food aisles of the market contain many new and exciting smells. And smell is an important tool for science. Spend a few moments near the apples and take a deep breath. “Do apples smell the same as melons? Let’s find out.”
- Weighing Produce Wonder aloud: “I wonder which is heavier, these five apples or these five pears?” Ask your child to help you answer the question using the scales in the produce department. The scale is a ‘real world’ science tool!
- Comparison Shopping Ask your child to find something on your list, such as skim milk. Then together compare the nutritional labels of skim milk with whole milk, noting the differences.
- Picking Healthy Snacks Try making this healthy snack with your child: Peel a banana and spread peanut butter over it. Roll in granola or other cereal. Enjoy!
- Let’s Go Help your child practice “5-2-1-0” daily at home! Eat five fruits and vegetables, NO MORE than two hours of screen time, one hour of physical activity and zero sugary drinks. www.LetsGo.org
- Family Mealtime Do not underestimate the importance of family mealtime; take time to sit down together. www.LetsGo.org.
- Setting Goals Tell your child how you make choices about what you need versus what you want to purchase – and how you set goals for each.
- Want vs. Need Ask your child to think of an item they would like to start saving for, like a new bike. Ask them: do they need it or want it?
- Money Saving Tips Talks with your child about how much money they will need to save for the item they choose – and help them make a plan for saving their allowance money towards it.