Try to schedule a brief introduction with your child’s teacher before school starts, or send your child’s teacher an e-mail introducing yourself. Your enthusiasm will give teachers a positive outlook on parent involvement in the classroom.
Tip of the Day August 7
Rain? Go puddle-jumping! Put on some grubby clothes and rain boots so you can all jump and stomp, run, and romp through the rain! Some toys are perfect for imaginative play in the puddles, like cars and trucks, plastic bugs and animals, and—if you’re really brave—shovels and bowls for making muddy recipes!
Tip of the Day August 6
Go camping . . . inside! Set up a tent or sleeping bags indoors, turn out the lights, and tell spooky ghost stories or sing campfire songs. Play hide-and-seek with a flashlight, roast marshmallows over a candle, and send your child on a scavenger hunt for stuffed animals or nature-themed items you’ve hidden around the house.
Tip of the Day August 5
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Tip of the Day August 4
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Tip of the Day August 3
Turn little bits of nature into one-of-a-kind bookmarks! Teach your child to treat their books with TLC by making special, nature-inspired bookmarks or name labels for each one. Collect leaves, flower petals, sticks, and other objects; then laminate the items or paste them on paper.
Tip of the Day August 2
Read by the light of the moon. Go outside for bedtime stories under the stars with a blanket, a flashlight, and a favorite book to share with your child.
Tip of the Day August 1
Create an outdoor book nook! Find a perfect little corner of your yard, deck, or community park to make a cozy secret spot for curling up with some good books. Fill it with picnic blankets, pillows, snacks, and a pile of books for your kid to pore over.
Tip of the Day July 31
Give your books a beach cover-up! Use construction paper, wrapping paper, or newspaper pages to create summer covers for your child’s favorite books. Let them add stickers, doodles, and their own illustrations. Then take those titles to a beach or pool, where they’ll be better protected from the sun, wind, and water.
Tip of the Day July 30
Start your summer road trip with a stop at the library! Fill a beach bag with books that your family hand-picks to read on the trip. Include books about the places you’re visiting and titles you can read aloud together on the road.