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New Year family resolutions for 2014

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New Year’s Resolution ideas for families. Find more family fun ideas for 2014 in the pages of Learning at home by Rhonda Cratty.

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Take time to read something with your child each day.

(E-book, Newspapers, articles, recipes, directions, street signs, maps and books)

Write each day with your child, sitting side by side.

(Wish lists, Cards, letters, shopping lists, thank you notes, and journals)

Organization is an important lifelong skill to teach your child.

(Bedrooms, toys, even have them set out their things they need for school the night before)

Teach your child the vocabulary of time by using time words often.

(Analogue clocks, Minute hand, hour hand, quarter to, quarter after, half past)

Handwriting is a skill that takes time and needs practice.

(Letters should sit on line, be evenly spaced and shaped)

Ordinal numbers in daily conversation help your child think mathematical.

(Today is July 4th, who is third, which errand do you want to do second?)

Use a flashlight to spell words on a dark wall and practice writing.

(Spell words in shaving cream, or draw words in giant chalk on pavement)

Sort and classify-groups of objects and collections by common attributes is fundamental.

(Allow your child to sort his collections, coins, junk mail, socks and talk about his system.)

Ask your child to help you retell a story from another point of view, use the computer to record his story.

(Together rewrite Cinderella from the stepmother’s point of view.)

Number games can be played in the car, at the table, on a hike- anytime.

(Example: I’m thinking of a number between…Skip count by 2’s, 3’s, 4’s…)

Drawing is a great way for your child to communicate, decorate and plan.

(Drawings can build ideas, organize thoughts and stories.)

Find time each day to discover a new fantastic word to become part of your family vocabulary.

(Fill a family note book, one word at a time.)

One hour of reading time, each evening, at home can change child’s reading ability.

(Challenge your child to read new books.)

Under a parents watchful eye children can bloom.**

(Parent involvement in their child’s education is a leading contributor to academic success.)

Reading is the key, Library trips could a family time to find new books to share.

(Make a special trip to the library with your child.)

Time for a family vacation is family fun.

(Buy books, maps from your travels for your family library.)

Evening is a perfect time for a board game.

(Get out the dice, cards, games, and have a family game night.)

Explore with your child.

(Fields, parks, mountains, beaches neighborhoods, zoos, museums)

Never underestimate the power of a good family read aloud each evening.

(See Learning at home by Rhonda Cratty.)


**For more ideas check out a new Kindle book:

Learning at home by Rhonda Cratty is a new parent resource, filled with family fun ideas to help children become the best they can be. This Kindle e-book can be purchased through for daily fun activities that make subjects become more than pencil and paper, moving into the authentic way of everyday life. 48, four per month, educational learning ideas that can happen anytime. Around the Thanksgiving table, in the backyard, on vacation, everyday within the comfort of family. Each idea can work with multiple ages and needs within a family. Tucked in are lists of family friendly books throughout for all subjects, recipes, and games to extend learning.




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