|Be aware of and discuss
alcoholism in the
family,or other factors
that put children at risk.
Build on the assets in your
|The Homework Mastery Center
May - August 2013
Tips to avoid alcohol,
tobacco and other drug
problems in children.
Talk to your children.
Listen to your children.
Have family rules.
Start early by preventing
Provide good role modeling.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- Plan Children
- Tips to avoid
and other drug
- Cultivate Your
Plan Children Summer Activities
Check out your area community center for summer fun.
Many communities have taken advantage of recreation centers and parks that offer
reasonable child care during the summer, and when children are out of school. Some a
cities promotes summer fun child-care camps as a service for its residents and charges
only enough to cover expenses and salary. Parents don't delay,in signing up, because
spaces are limited, slots often fill up.
Consider utilizing college students.
College students are home from college and are often hungry for a job.They have
optimum resources for summer fun for your kids. Sometimes, parents already know of
individuals from previous years, that perhaps has babysat for you previously. For
parents seeking specific times or selected times and dates, this arrangement works much
like babysitting, although parents typically set a daily fee. With some planning and
structure, this set-up can serve as a mini-summer fun camp for your kids.
Explore your child's school.
Confused? Don't be. Some school districts are now starting to take advantage of their
facilities that have not been used traditionally in summer months. They are offering
summer fun camps of their own. The advantages are that the tuition fees often provide
for the school district and the staff is typically comprised of teachers and assistants who
are employed by the school. In fact, the summer camp leader could very well be your
child's own teacher.
Plan ahead with exciting books on vacation.
Vacation is a prime time for reading enjoyment, when families are together, having fun is
the plan. Grab a book and head out to the pool or just enjoy it while relaxing in your
Build reading activity into life's planning.
Children of all ages should learn the connection between reading and knowledge. If your
family is adding a flower bed, have children read about how to prepare a flower bed and
what flowers and shrubs are optimal for the area, and whether they should be in sun or
shade. Getting a new family pet? Read up on varieties of dog care requirements, and even
stories about children and their first pets. Traveling somewhere? You guessed it, read all
about your destination first and you and your children will have the added benefit of
knowing more about the area when you arrive.
Involve the entire family. Studies show that moms have the tendency to read more to
their children then dads, robbing both children and fathers of positive reading
experiences. Make reading time with dad or grandpa a priority. Dads read books aloud
with children differently then moms do, and children will flourish with the perspective
and experience of both worlds.
Ask for your child's feedback. Evaluate and discuss what is important part of a positive
book-reading experience. Ask your child simple questions, such as: Did you like the
book? Why or why not? Who was your favorite character? What was your favorite
scene? Did you like how it ended? Would you like to read it again someday? Don't be
surprised if your child wants to re-read the same book again! That means you did your
job well and helped foster a love of reading.
Great Homework Internet Sites
Fact Monster - http://www.factmonster.com
Fact Monster offers a handful of tools, like a search able dictionary, word games, an
encyclopedia with more than 7,000 articles, and scores of world maps Homework Center
includes help in geography, history, math,science, language arts and social studies.
Funbrain - http://www.funbrain.com
Funbrain features a handful of educational but entertaining math games and exercises for
students in kindergarten to grade 12.
Math Central - http://www.mathcentral.uregina.ca
Web site offers mathematical help for students in kindergarten to grade 12.
HyperHistory Online - http://www.hyperhistory.com
HyperHistory Online navigates through 3,000 years of world history with interactive
lifelines, time lines, and maps. The people section reaches from 1000 BC to the present,
while the Maps section displays seven periods of World History with many links to
dozens of regional maps.
History Channel http://www.history.com
Based on the American television channel of the same name, the attractive History
Channel web site offers a rich multimedia experience, including a large collection of video
footage, such as the original moon landing and World War II events. Audio highlights
includes hundreds of famous speeches from the likes of Winston Churchill and Albert
Einstein, to James Dean and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Funology - http://www.funology.com
This hand Web site vows to make science fun Funology features plenty of science
information, games, trivia and other "boredom buster" ideas(including science-related
magic tricks), all presented in a colorful and easy-to-navigate layout. Don't succumb to
that predictable "tornado' or 'volcano" science fair project? Funology suggest far more
interesting experiments, including ones related to biology,physics, chemistry, and
Cultivate Your Child’s Intelligence
Be sure your home is a place that stimulates the senses – touch, sight,
smell, hearing, and taste. Find toys or play materials with bright colors,
unique textures, interesting sounds and smells. Teach your child colors,
numbers, and letters. Make sure play materials and toys are age
appropriate. Encourage exploration while monitoring safety. Talk to your
child often and in complete sentences.