Are you raising your kids with the write stuff? Kids who write well tend to read well and vice versa—a powerful combo that gives your children a big advantage at school and in life. So, make this the summer your children fall in love with words!
-->Why It Matters: That summer scrapbook will be more than a treasured keepsake; it may also help your child in school! When kids get to work on projects, read aloud, or play games with a parent nearly every day, they have fewer behavioral problems and receive better school grades. (Recommended for all ages)
-->Why It Matters: Making hand-crafted cards may seem simple on the surface, but it actually gives kids a chance to dabble in creative writing, art, design, leadership, and organization. And what they create today could have lasting benefits: one study showed that kids who experimented with hobbies and sports at age 10 were more likely to be mentally healthy and well-adjusted at school two years later. (Recommended for ages 6-9)
-->Why It Matters: Beyond cheering your kid on in spelling, you’re providing a fun way for her or him to reflect upon each day. And, according to research from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, reflection is actually a big deal for little minds. By teaching young children to remember and evaluate their experiences each day, you’re developing their decision-making and problem-solving skills, plus you’re helping them (and you!) recognize some of the activities they love most. (Recommended for ages 3-5)
-->Why It Matters: Extra! Extra! Becoming roving reporters may actually help transform your kids into a social butterflies! Kids who are socially connected and comfortable with the people in their neighborhood are more often described by teachers and friends as being well-liked by their classmates. (Recommended for ages 10-13)
Make a picture book! Collect greeting cards, magazine images, or postcards with odd and interesting scenes. Glue one on each page of a special notebook, and challenge your kids to write a story about what’s happening in the picture. Transcribe little ones’ stories, or let bigger kids write their own.
-->Why It Matters: Children literally need to let their imaginations run wild! Let them get caught up in their fantasies as they share their stories out loud. For young children, that kind of uninterrupted self-talk helps them learn to guide and control their own thoughts and behavior, which leads to better concentration, problem-solving, and self-motivation. (Recommended for all ages)