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September 22, 2009 07:08 by Barbara Shelby

 

 

 Part One of Four Parts:

Is your program writing a newsletter each month?  If not, seriously consider it!  Newsletters are an effective means of communication between your program and parents. A great way to inform the entire school community of all you are doing! 


First, BEFORE YOU START--
Decide on the purpose of the newsletter. Is it primarily a tool to convey program information, upcoming events and policy? Or is it something in which you want to include child participation? First grade to high school students have great ideas. When they are part of the newsletter creation process, they are more willing to use it as a communication tool and share it with their parents. Favorite websites and special program moments are just a couple of student generated ideas.

2. CHOOSE A TEMPLATE for the newsletter.
Microsoft Word has simple newsletter templates that can be modified
for the special needs of your program. Each newsletter template allows the addition of clip art or photos with minimal computer knowledge. Click here for templates and tools from Education World.

3. PERSONALIZE THE TEMPLATE.
Include a catchy name, the issue, volume number and date. The volume
number will change with each school year, but the issue number will change with each new issue of the newsletter (for example, the newsletter's first issue in its second school year will be Volume 2, Issue 1).

4. DECIDE HOW OFTEN TO PRINT the newsletter.
With the amount of activities going on in a good child care or
school-age program, one should go out every month. (A classroom  newsletter may need to be written every week and  PTA news will depend on budget allotment; it could be monthly or quarterly.)
    • Keep your newsletter up-to-date and send it out on time. If parents
feel that the newsletter only contains old news, with out-of-date information, they will not read it.

 

 5. Any school newsletter --whether it's an after-school program, classroom or PTA-- should be informative, upbeat/fun to read, and aesthetically pleasing. 
    • Make it about the kids and parents alike to keep people interested in
the Newsletter. The more interactive the newsletter, the more likely parents will read it. Who knows? You just may get volunteers to join in and bring some of their talents with them!

 

 6. WHAT ARE SOME CATEGORIES THAT CAN BE INCLUDED?

Current Activities

• Up-coming Events--both during the Program Day and Family Social Events

Thank You's

• Tips for Parents on Timely Topics (Discipline, Nutrition, etc.; actual ideas are in below categories)

• Family Involvement: Share favorite program recipes for snacks, play dough or crafts for families to make together at home

• Monthly Birthdays

• Favorite Websites

• Family Feature: Invite a family to tell about themselves (especially good when families are new to the program and/or school

• Collecting Beautiful Junk: Do you have a 'Wish List' going? Include  requests for recycled materials and gently used items to that "Wish List" (Check out our Wish List ideas)
 
 • Include cute children's quotes or stories

• Photographs: Including photographs of students adds a little depth to the newsletter. Children (and parents) will be excited to see their faces; children are also then more willing to share with their parents. If you do this, it is important to display a picture of each student in the program at least once, and be careful not to feature one student continuously each month.

• ONE AT A TIME, SPOTLIGHT the director, program manager, and staff members in the Newsletter.  Something that parents and people in general love to read are biographies on other people. Ask those involved in your program if if they would be willing to be interviewed for the newsletter. Ask in advance...The interview can be in person, or written.
.....Just write down a few questions and give it to the spotlighted person. Ask such things as how long they've been working with children, 
and what their personal hobbies are.
.....Stay away from overly personal questions such as religious and political views. Take a picture to post next to their interview.

How about creating a "KINDNESS COLUMN" (Kindness ideas here) in your school or program newsletter! Report the news of acts of kindness being given, shared or generated by your students. What about Community Services? (Community Service Ideas here)

A column (The Kid's Corner) by the children is also a consideration!

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TIP:  Consider uploading the newsletter to your school website. If you choose to upload the newsletter to your school website, remember that the information may be searchable by the public. Many parents do not want student information available online.

IMPORTANT: If using children's photographs, make sure you have a photo permission with the explanation on how it is to be used.

TIP: Be sure to share your newletter with the school community. Place copies in the teacher's lounge-- and if affordable--give one to each teacher and school staff member--a great way to spread the news of all the wonderful things your program is doing!

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 GOOD IDEA! WILL THIS BE YOUR FIRST NEWLETTER? Hold a contest to name the newsletter. Students can have two weeks to hand in suggestions. The student/program body can then vote on the names. The winner receives special recognition and a small prize and gets his or her picture in the newsletter.

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 The sections of 'Newsletter Category' are:

Click for the  Entire Newsletter Category

Part 1. What to Put in Newsletters 

Part 2. Prose, Poems and Cute items for Newsletters

Part 3. Timely Newsletter Topics to Connect Kids and Parents

Part 4. Newsletter Topics of Health and Food

  

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Newsletter: Prose, Poems and Other things...

September 22, 2009 02:51 by Barbara Shelby

 

 


Part Two of Four: PROSE,  POEMS, and other things~ Every once in awhile--put something the below ideas in your newsletter or post at your 'Family Information Center'!

  

 

GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED
Author Unknown

• No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
• When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair.
• If your sister hits you, don't hit her back; they always catch the second person.
• Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
• You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
• Reading what people write on desks can teach you a lot.
• Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
• Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a tic tac.
• Never hold a dust buster and a cat at the same time.
• School lunches stick to the wall.
• You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
• Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
• The best place to be when you are sad is in Grandma's lap.

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Things to do BEFORE You're TEN!!!
.......this is a wonderful page to give to parents. Put it in a newsletter, at your parents center or best yet---as a gift. Print it nicely with some clip-art--roll it up-- and tie with ribbon or raffia as a gift from your program! :-

1. Roll on your side down a grassy bank
2. Make a mud pie
3. Make your own play dough mixture
4. Read under the bed-covers with a flashlight
5. Make home-made potpourri
6. Grow flowers or herbs on a windowsill
7. Make some bird feeders
8. Build a sandcastle
9. Climb a tree
10. Make a tent in the living room
11. Make a painting using your hands and feet
12. Organize your own teddy bears' picnic
13. Have your face painted
14. Play with a friend in the sand
15. Make some bread
16. Make snow angels
17. Create a clay sculpture
18. Take part in a scavenger hunt
19. Camp out in the yard
20. Bake a cake
21. Feed a farm animal
22. Pick some strawberries and apples
23. Recognize five different bird species
24. Find some worms
25. Ride a bike through a muddy puddle
26. Make and fly a kite
27. Plant a tree
28. Build a nest out of grass and twigs
29. Find ten different leaves in the park
30. Grow vegetables
31. Make breakfast in bed for your parents

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 IF I HAD MY CHILD TO RAISE OVER AGAIN

If I had to raise my child all over again,
• I'd finger paint more, and point the finger less.
• I'd do less correcting, and more connecting,
• I'd take my eyes of my watch, and watch with my eyes.
• I would care to know less, and know to care more.
• I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
• I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
• I'd run through more fields, and gaze more at stars.
• I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
• I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
• I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
• I'd teach less about the love of power,
• And more about the power of love.
   By Diane Loomans

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TO EVERY PARENT
There are little eyes upon you,
And they are watching night and day;
There are little ears that quickly take
In every word you say;
There are little hands all eager to do
Everything you do,
And a little child who's dreaming of
The day he'll be like you.

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NEWSLETTER BLURBS FOR SPECIAL TIMES OF THE YEAR

FYI FOR NOVEMBER PARENT NEWSLETTER OR POSTINGS!

NOVEMBER 8TH IS DEAR SANTA DAY... Here are two FREE websites that do E-mail 'Dear Santa' letters.  First one has some other "Santa things"...the second is the most simple--but very sweet.

http://www.emailsanta.com/ really fun site!!!
http://www.santa-at-home.com/writesanta.shtml

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 TURKEY DAY WISH...This would be really cute for your November Newsletter (October if you live in Canada) or posted at your 'Info Center'. It could also be said at your Turkey-Day  table!!!  

MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY,
MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
MAY YOUR POTATOES AND GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP.
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS,
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS. 

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The month of NOVEMBER hosts 'World Kindness Day and Week'FEBRUARY celebrates 'Random Acts of Kindness Week'. Consider the following in a newletter or handout...children are always learning from the adults around them!

WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN'T LOOKING

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you feed a stray cat and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don't.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking I looked at you and wanted to say, 'Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.

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Include seasonal recipes such as this in your Newsletter...Be sure to check out the loads of fun recipes in the 'Snacks Category' on every left side page and every season and Holiday page! 

 WITCHES GORP

• 3 cups eyes of Newts (peanuts)
• 2 cups tails of dogs (pretzel sticks)
• 1 cup squishy, slithery parts of frogs (raisins)
• 2 cups warts of toads (Cheerios)
• 1/2 cup lizard lips (walnuts)
• 1 cup dinosaur toenail chips (banana chips)
• 1 cup teeth of bats (sunflower seeds)
• 1/2 cup of dandruff from the biggest rats (coconut)
• 1 cup chocolate cover iguana hearts (chocolate chips)
• Measure and combine all of the ingredients in the order listed above. Mix well with mixing spoon. Source: Cooks.com

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Cute for DECEMBER NEWSLETTER! Funny!  

'CHRISMAS CAROLS' AS INTERPRETED BY KIDS! 

A teacher in Atlanta asked her students to write the words to their favorite Holiday/Christmas Carols; here are some of the humorous lines she received:

  • Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly
  • De three kings of porridge and tar
  • On the first day of Christmas my tulip gave to me
  • Later on we'll perspire, as we dream by the fire.
  • He's makin a list, chicken and rice.
  • Noel, Noel, Barney's the king of Israel.
  • With the jelly toast proclaim
  • Olive, the other reindeer. (all of the other reindeer)
  • Frosty the Snowman is a ferret elf, I say
  • Sleep in heavenly peas
  • In the meadow we can build a snowman, Then pretend that he is sparse and brown
  • You'll go down in listerine
  • Oh, what fun it is to ride with one horse, soap and hay 
  • O come, froggy faithful

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Something for your WINTER Newsletter--- or to post all done up with clip-art - for your Info/Family Center...

 WHAT I LEARNED  ABOUT LIFE FROM A SNOWMAN...
• It's okay if you're a little bottom heavy.
• Hold your ground, even when the heat is on.
• Wearing white is always appropriate.
• Winter is the best of the four seasons.
• It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection.
• There's nothing better than a foul weather friend.
• The key to life is to be a jolly, happy soul.
• We're all made up of mostly water.
• You know you've made it when they write a song about you.
• Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!
• Don't get too much sun.
• It's embarrassing when you can't look down and see your feet.
• It's fun to hang out in your front yard.
• Always put your best foot forward.
• There's no stopping you once you're on a roll.

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DR. SEUSS DAY MARCH 2~ PUT OUT IN FEBRUARY...
Doing a 'Dr. Seuss theme' ...and reading a lot of books you don't have?

Consider adding to your February newsletter or ...SENDING HOME THE FOLLOWING 'WISH LIST' POEM. Cute and fun for parents to read with their child!

What's that you say?
We're reading Dr. Seuss books.
And we're starting today!

Do you have some Dr. Seuss books?
Send them in-don't delay!
Yes, we're reading his books.
Send them in right away!

May we borrow your books?
Can we look at them please?
Any Seuss book you have
Would fill us with glee!

Please print your name in
Every book that you send.
We'll send the books back
When we've come to the end!

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NICE FOR YOUR MARCH NEWSLETTER!

AN IRISH BLESSING
 
Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter...
Lullabies, dreams and love ever after.
Poems and songs with pipes and drums...
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes...
That's the Irish for you!

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FUN FOR MOTHER'S DAY

WHEN I'M A LITTLE OLD LADY...
I'll live with my children and bring them great joy
To repay all I have had from each girl and boy.
I shall draw on the walls and scuff up the floor
Run in and out without closing the door.

I'll hide frogs in the pantry, socks under my bed
Whenever they scold me, I'll just hang my head.
I'll run and I'll romp, always fritter away
The time to be spent doing chores every day.

I'll pester my children when they're on the phone
As long as they're busy, I won't leave them alone.
I'll hide candy in closets, rocks in a drawer
And never pick up my clothes from the floor.

I'll dash off to the movies and not wash a dish
I'll plead for allowance whenever I wish.
I'll stuff up the plumbing and deluge the floor
As soon as they've mopped it, I'll flood it some more.

When they correct me, I'll lie down and cry
Kicking and screaming, not a tear in my eye.
I'll take all their pencils and flashlights, and then
When they buy new ones, I'll take them again.

I'll spill glasses of milk to complete every meal
Eat my banana and just drop the peel.
Put toys on the table, spill jam on the floor
I'll break lots of dishes as though I were four.

What fun I shall have!! What joy it will be!!
To live with my children --- Like they lived with me!!!
Author unknown

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Nice for JUNE Newsletter...(FATHER'S DAY)

Footprints

"Walk a little slower, Daddy,"
said a child so small.
"I'm following in your footsteps
and I don't want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they're hard to see;
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For you are leading me.

Someday when I'm all grown up,
You're what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who'll want to follow me.

And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true;
So, walk a little slower, Daddy,
For I must follow you."
~ Author Unknown

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SUMMER AND ANYTIME OF THE YEAR VACATION TIME...

Here's something your parents will thank you for! Copy and Paste a few ideas for your newsletter or Info center... or send families the link to HAVE FUN WHEN TRAVELING WITH KIDS! Lots of good tips, games, ideas.

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SECTIONS FOR NEWSLETTER CATEGORIES ARE:

Click for the Entire Newsletter Category

Part 1. What to Put in Newsletters (Be sure to read this page!) Good tips and Ideas!

Part 2. Prose, Poems and Cute items for Newsletters

Part 3. Timely Newsletter Topics to Connect Kids and Parents

Part 4. Newsletter Topics of Health and Food

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Newsletter: Parents and Kids Connecting

September 22, 2009 02:33 by Barbara Shelby

 

Part Three: Consider these ideas for a Newsletter! ...Or for yourself

HAVE A "TIP OF THE MONTH" COLUMN!

The following is rather long to be put in a newsletter at one time. Consider including one "TIP" each month  It would give you 7 Tips for 7 newsletters--- 
 

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CONNECTING WITH OUR CHILDREN...
We must communicate to our children every day that they are loved, says Sandra Magsamen, an expert on living your life with heart. But, sometimes words alone are not enough to express what we most want to say. Here are some ways Sandra says you can make lasting bonds with your children that will last a lifetime.

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1. THE BASICS
Hug! Never stop hugging your child. A hug connects physically and emotionally like nothing else. You should also read lots of books to your children. Put time aside each day to look at, read and share stories. You can read the same ones over and over again.
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2. DANCE, sway and move as you hold your child and provide the comfort and connection that gentle rocking and movement brings. Get down on the floor and play, make puzzles, finger paint, roll around and laugh together. And tell them you love them, that they are special, that they are unique and that they are a gift

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3. SING OUT LOUD
Find your song and sing it. Don't worry if you don't have the pipes of Aretha, just sing and I promise your child will love it. Find "your song," the song you love to sing to your child. It will soothe them "and you"on those days where everything seems to be going wrong.

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4. WRITE YOUR CHILD A LETTER
soon after they are born. (Or start it now!) Fill it with your thoughts, hopes, dreams and the experience of bringing a new life into the world. Place your note in an envelope and inscribe, "On the day you were born" on it, and tuck it in a journaling-type book.

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5. EACH YEAR on your child's birthday

write another letter to him/her--fill it with the memories, milestones, dreams, events, ideas and the life that you and your family have created throughout the year. When your child grows up and has a place of his or her own, present the book and continue to send the letters on your child's birthday. You will have written a book and told the story of two very special people: you and your child.

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6. IN SOAP OR LIPSTICK, write, "You're the best!" or "Have a great day!" on the bathroom mirror where your child will see it when brushing his or her teeth. And at breakfast, try spelling out, "I love you" with individual letters from alphabet cereal. Of course, you will have to pick through the box to find eight letters, but the message will then have your personal touch. Surprise your son with his favorite cookies in his lunch box-the sugary ones that he regularly begs for in the grocery aisle, but rarely receives. 

Or reach for a banana, like my friend did to keep connected to her boys. "During elementary school, I'd pack their lunches every day and I'd always put a banana in each bag. One day I started writing little notes-jokes and riddles on the banana peel with a permanent pen. The boys loved it and looked forward to their lunchtime surprise. I loved it, too, knowing that as I was thinking about them at lunchtime, they would be thinking of me. Of course, by middle school, they asked me to stop sending notes on their bananas. They were 'too old.' The boys really did get a kick out of it!"

If bananas aren't your thing, simply write a note, a riddle or cut a comic that your child loves from the newspaper. Your child will enjoy getting that extra-special something from you and all his or her classmates will be waiting each day to see what's next.

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 7. OTHER ARTFUL WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED
Make Friday nights game night-relax together with pizza, some healthy snacks and competition. Invite your children's best friends to join you.
 
   • Make a family history book using favorite words, photos and souvenirs.
 
   • I love a good game of black out: Turn off every light in the house (including night-lights and VCR lights) and play hide-and-seek. Prepare to have a blast tripping all over each other and even getting spooked a time or two.
 
   • Plant a garden with butterfly bushes and enjoy the visits of hundreds of butterflies.

    • Create a revolving art gallery of your kid's work in your home. Show them you think their art is a masterpiece. String wire between two hooks and hang the art with clothespins

   • Turn off the TV and put on your own plays and musicals, and share stories.
 
   • Turn on the soothing sounds of jazz and watch your family relax. Make a CD of your family's favorite tunes to be played on long car rides or rainy Sunday afternoons.
 
   • Create new everyday rituals: warm vanilla milk, a story or a kiss on the forehead before bedtime-special touches that will help your child drift off to a peaceful sleep.
 
   • Plant a garden together, and then watch as the seeds grow.
 
   • Make a video of your grandparents. Interview them about their lives and ask the funny questions that will brighten their faces and make them laugh. This project will become a cherished family heirloom.
To read the other ideas visit Oprah.com

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TIPS FOR PARENTS: MEANINGFUL MOMENTS

 

Ways to Stay Connected with Older Kids...

   • Visit a make-your-own-pottery place and create a plate for each person in your family, or several pieces to celebrate a special event.

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   • Bake together. Make ice cream. Create an Italian feast of fresh pasta, bread and tiramisu, with a famous aria playing in the background.

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   • Bring armloads of comforters, pillows and blankets in front of the largest TV in the house and have movie night, all cozy together.

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   • Pick your own strawberries and make jam. Enjoy life. It's delicious.

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   • Build a campfire in the backyard (in a grill or fire pit), and roast hot dogs on sticks and make s'mores with chocolate bars, marshmallows and graham crackers. Sit around, tell stories and enjoy the night air and the flames as they warm your fingers and toes.

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   • Go miniature golfing together. Set up teams and prepare to laugh as children and adults alike compete for the lowest score. Give prizes to the winners, both old and young.

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   • Get tickets for your local professional, minor league or college baseball game. Spend an afternoon in the sun eating chocolate malts, peanuts and singing during the seventh-inning stretch. (If you get there early, you may be able to catch fly balls from batting practice.) Consider tailgating, and create and serve a feast from the trunk of your car.

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   • Go ice skating or to a roller rink and dance to the music booming over the loudspeakers.

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   • Check out the local public gardens in your area, perhaps one that serves Chinese tea or has acres of roses.

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   • Journey down to your local theater and support your neighborhood thespians as they perform in A Midsummer Night's Dream or Annie Get Your Gun.

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   • Has the fair come to town? Carnivals and fairgrounds are a good way to change your routine and celebrate your country roots.

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 • Bust out all of the board games you can find. Enjoy some healthy competition as you play. Fill bowls with popcorn, chips, nuts and chocolates for the competitors.

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   • Sing at home in Karaoke style. Crank up the tunes and laugh as everyone takes a turn singing their favorite song.

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A Nice Piece to Have Available as a Hand-out...
STAMP OUT SIBLING RIVALRY (Yes, it's possible!)
By Lisa Lombardi

You find your kids practically coming to blows over who got more cream cheese on their bagel, and you can't help but think: There is just no way to avoid sibling rivalry. Well, if the goal is to avoid it entirely, then you might be right, says John Rosemond, author of The New! Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children (Andrews McMeel Publishing).

Want to (almost) keep the peace? Put these strategies to work in your house.
 
1. Resist the urge to rush in, because "when you intervene, you're likely to identify one child as the villain and one as the victim." The obvious problem: It takes two to squabble, and you may be unfairly maligning one kid. The not-so-obvious problem: You're creating a dynamic that will quickly become a self-fulfilling prophecy. "If that victim gets attention for being a victim, he's going to continue to elicit that villain behavior from his brother or sister," Rosemond says. Instead, let them work out squabbles themselves. The only caveat? If your younger child is 3 years old or under, or you sense either child is in physical danger, by all means play ref.

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2. Don't compare siblings to one another... You probably know not to say, "Why can't you be more like your sister?" But it's a common mistake to compare kids in even more subtle ways (e.g. "Julie, look at how nicely your brother is playing with those puzzles"). It's fine to praise one child's unique skills, says Rosemond. Just make sure you don't have a hidden agenda -- like getting Julie to stop hurling puzzle pieces across the room.

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3. Be a super model... You and your spouse provide a powerful example of how two family members should speak to each other. "If the kids see you arguing and calling each other names, it's hard to get across the message: We don't do that in this family," points out Rosemond. So play nice with your sweetie, and who knows? You just might hear less bickering from the playroom.

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4. Give each kid space... You know the famous line by Robert Frost about how fences make good neighbors? Well, imaginary lines (in the car, in a shared bedroom, and so on) make good siblings. To avoid turf wars, "the ideal situation is for each child to have his own clearly-defined space," stresses Rosemond. If you can't spare a bedroom, give each child his own desk or toy chest in their communal space. Rosemond says that doing this will give each child "a sense that this territory is mine."

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5. Don't insist on shared play dates... Sure, it would be easy if your 7-year-old could take your 4-year-old under her wing whenever she has a pal over. But asking older kids to always include younger ones on play dates and fun outings creates serious resentment on the part of the older child (and risks embarrassment in front of friends). Plus, there's another reason to steer clear of making the older child the de facto babysitter: Having private friend time means the older child is more likely to play nicely with the younger one when no peers are around. And to keep the left-out child content, plan a fun alternate activity, or give the greatest treat of all: one-on-one time with you.  Adapted from Real Families 

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TEACHING A CHILD TO READ

 

The successful parent employs a variety of strategies to encourage a child to read, and to keep reading.
Here are proven techniques you can use to teach your child that reading is valuable and enjoyable:

  • Set a good example as a reader - let kids see you reading every day.
 
  • Get a subscription in his or her name to an age-appropriate magazine for your child. When relatives and others ask for gift ideas, suggest magazine subscriptions, books, or a book store gift certificate.
 
  • Make reading fun - a time that you and your children look forward to spending together.
 
Check out The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (New York: Penguin Books, 1995). It's loaded with fun tips and reading recommendations.
 
  • Keep lots of books, magazines, and newspapers around the house. Visit the library often and shop for books at garage and yard sales, swap meets, and used bookstores.
 
  • Don't fret if "Captain Underpants" has captivated your child rather than Robinson Crusoe. The important thing: he's reading! Encourage it and he's likely to move on to more sophisticated titles as he gets older. Tips from:
www.nea.org

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TIPS FOR READING TO YOUNG SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN:
Your child has started school, but he still needs you to read to him at home. Your child will do better in school, and you'll enjoy the time spent together. Here are helpful tips for reading to and with young children in school, kindergarten through third grade:
 
• Keep reading to your child even when he can read. Read books that are too difficult or long for him to read alone.

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• Try reading books with chapters and talk about what is happening in the story. Encourage your child to make predictions about what will happen next, and connect characters or events to those in other books and stories.

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• Talk with your child about reading preferences that are beginning to develop. Ask whether she likes adventure stories, mysteries, science fiction, animal stories, or stories about other children. Encourage her to explain the reasons for preferences.

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• Talk with your child about favorite authors and help him find additional books by those authors.

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• Take turns reading a story with your child. Don't interrupt to correct mistakes that do not change the meaning.

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• Talk about the meaning of new words and ideas introduced in books. Help your child think of examples of new concepts.

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• Talk with your child about stories using the notions of the beginning, middle, and end of the story to organize thinking and discussion.

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• Ask your child to tell why a character might have taken a specific action. Ask for information from the story to support her answer.

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• Enjoy yourself and have fun. The most important thing you can do to help your child become a successful reader is communicate that reading is valuable and enjoyable.

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TIPS IN READING TO CHILDREN IN GRADES FOUR TO SIX
It is critical that your child keeps reading and being read to at this age. Young readers need to become practiced at reading, and the only way to get good at it -- is to practice!

Helpful tips for reading to and with children in grades four through six:
• Take turns reading a book with your child.
 
• Ask your child to compare a book to another familiar book. How are the characters alike or different? Do the stories take place in similar settings? How are the illustrations the same or different?
 
• ASK:
Ask what part of the story or book your child liked best and why.
Ask if your child liked the ending of the story. Why or why not?
Ask your child what type of mood the story or chapter in a book creates.
Ask how the author creates the mood. For example, does she use certain words, events, or settings that create a particular feeling? If your child has read more than one book by the same author, ask how the books are similar or different.
From:
www.nea.org

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BEING A GOOD SPORT WHEN CHEERING ON YOUR CHILD...

 

You are your children's biggestand most important cheerleader. Whether they're competing in a sport or performing in a theater production or music group, your presence is a key way to support your children. But the way you are present also makes a difference in the way your children feel about you, themselves, and the activities they are in. Consider these ideas:

  • Attend as many of your children's games and performances as you can. Kids notice when you're there and when you're not.

  • Focus on supporting your child and the other kids there. If you're overly competitive, ask yourself why winning is more important to you than supporting the kids who are involved. I

  • Point out what you liked about your child's performance. The more specific you can be, the better. For example, say, "I enjoyed hearing your trumpet parts in the band, or "I am so proud of you for blocking that kick."

  • Invite other significant adults in your child's life to games and performances. Consider occasionally inviting grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and other important adults.

  • When you take photos or record your child's game or performance, also remember to put down the camera and cheer! It's important to be fully present in the moment, and one way to do that is to set technology aside so that you can witness firsthand your child's achievements.

  • Ask your kids periodically what they like about their sport (or-activity). Ask what they have fun doing or learning-and if there is anything they'd like to change if they could.
Source: MVParents.com

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Parents can get positive, proactive, and down-to-earth guidance on how to respond to the changes and challenges of parenting in positive, healthy ways. Topics include underage drinking, family volunteering, curfews, school success, juggling work and family, and much more. A good website!!! http://www.mvparents.com/

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