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Whether you go to the library or search on-line, there is a plethora of
information on this topic, and it's one that fascinates both children
and adults. Look at the night sky with binoculars or a telescope. Try to
find a spot for view that is far enough from the lights of a town to get
a good view. (Do a little star gazing too and identify some
constellations. Scorpio is easy to find in the summer.) Make a folder to
collect your information, a list of websites to check and photos of
possible unidentified flying objects. Have "what if?" discussions with
children. What if there are aliens? What might they look like? Would
they be friendly or frightening? How might they travel? Would you like
to meet one? Let the questions evolve.
books, tapes and the Lovable Me Bug
places here in Arizona where you can pan for real gold, and often find
garnet and other interesting things in the process. You rarely find more
than a few flecks, but it's even fun for grown-ups. For young children,
you can spray some rocks with gold paint and mix them with sand after
the paint is dry. Put water in a container with the sand and rocks and
give the kids pie pans. Put some sand mixture and water in a pan and
swish it from side to side so that the lighter sand goes back into the
container with the water and the heavier "gold" stays in the pie pan.
Collect the "gold" and put it in a bag. You can also use iron pyrite
(fool's gold). We've kept kids busy with the activity for extended
periods of time! Follow-up by looking for rocks the next time you are
out and about. Always watch children around water.
For a good
time for younger children, spray paint some small rocks or pebbles with
gold paint and mix them in with sand and water. Let the child take a pie
pan and dip it into the sand and search for the "gold" nuggets.
Set up a lamp or
other bright light and place your hands between the light source and a plain
wall. Make hand shadows by placing your hands in various positions. Try
making your shadow animals move. Make vocal sound effects to go with them.
Let children stand in front of the light and watch their own shadow as they
move. Have a discussion about the idea that shadows aren't scary when you
know what is making them.
Life Skills for Students, Parents and Teachers,
in a very PRACTICAL book
Student Success Guide for Everyone!
Tots through Teens
Ultimate Collection of Ideas for Keeping Kids Busy
Help children develop
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History Comes Alive
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Study Habits Help Students Get the School Year Off to a Good Start
Excerpt from Super Student/Happy Kid
by Sally D. Ketchum
A Word to Parents:
your children with a place to study, by carving time from
family activities for them to study, and by giving encouragement in
the form of proper study tools (including snacks), you support your
children's habit of studying. There is one parental habit that is an
exceptionally good influence: It is reading. Let your children see you
read. Have magazines and books of several types in the household. Each
child should be allowed a subscription to his or her favorite magazine.
Excellent children's magazines are published now. Don't worry too much
about what kids are reading. Take pride in the fact that they are readers.
A Word to Teens: Habits are
behaviors we sometimes repeat unconsciously. If we repeat a behavior often
enough, we will do it unconsciously, automatically. Bad study habits
include TV (above all) shooting the breeze with friends too long (long
telephone conversations), sleeping too much, and mixing other activities
with study time. Establish good patterns of study by first disciplining
yourself to do things right; then follow through by repeatedly doing them,
and finally, stick to the good habits you've acquired. Good study
habits will not only improve your work (and your grades), but they will
make life easier and give you more time for sports, leisure, and a full
A Word to Middle Schoolers:
aside two or three periods of time each day for certain activities. For
instance, you may want to get up earlier to practice your instrument or go
through dance or exercise routines. You might want to declare the first
half hour home from school utter "goof-off and relax time." You will find
you look forward to these times! You might want to finish your homework
right after dinner. Your routine might depend on whether you like to do
things in the morning or evening. This is something you should think
A Word to Young Students:
to do your homework at the same time every day, Have a reward when you
finish,. This might be a snack. It might be changing into your grub
clothes. It might be playing with the cat or walking the dog! Make a
favorite mark or put a sticker on your calendar each day you finish your
are reassuring. Happily they also enable parents to surprise children by
Red Hot Tip!
Personalize your study
place and your study routine will become pleasurable.