Although initially begun as a holiday in the U.S. only, Earth Day is now celebrated in 192 countries each year. As part of those celebrations, many choose to take the day and spend time outdoors or plant trees in their communities. Without a doubt, it’s a wonderful opportunity to both spread awareness about the issues threatening our planet and to begin working to solve them.
In addition to being a great day to help our environment, Earth Day is also an excellent time to begin to teach your children about nature, while doing so in a manner that is enjoyable for them as well. Of course, not every child will find spending all day planting saplings inherently enjoyable. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to design fun outdoor activities that children of all ages will enjoy.
Here are some great outdoor activities that will keep your child engaged, while helping them learn at the same time:
As recent high school graduates prepare for college or full-time work, they may be ready to break from the reins of family life and discover who they are away from the family nest. This can be extremely challenging for parents who are used to helping their children deal with every drama and emergency, real or imagined.
College-age children still need parental guidance and support. The question is how to support them and how much support to give.
As soon as your child learns to speak, you’ll want to help him learn to pronounce and spell his or her name. Start with his or her first name and then, once he or she has got that down, you can move on to his middle and last name. Following are some fun activities and tips you can use to teach him his name:
If you’ve started thinking about preschool for your child, you’ve probably found yourself wondering: When did this process get so complicated? With preschool waiting lists and 13-page applications not entirely out of the ordinary, finding the right preschool is no longer a straightforward decision. Believe it or not, there are even preschool admissions coaches now!
However, before you hire a consultant for your two-year-old, you probably have another question when it comes to this early step in your child’s education. It’s a question that a lot of parents are likely to consider but might be embarrassed to ask. While it is often phrased in several ways, it usually boils down to something like this: Is preschool necessary?
As it turns out, that question is more complicated than it first appears. Here are some things you’ll likely want to consider when it comes time to answer that question:
Tried-and-true ways for teaching kids about money range from paying your children an allowance, to buying them a piggy bank, to opening a savings account with them. If you have used any or all of those methods or are currently using them, by all means continue doing so — they’re excellent strategies.
However, not all children are automatically drawn to the subject of money, so you might find that your child is not as interested as you had hoped. For such children, a parent often needs to be a bit more creative and to come up with fun ideas for helping them to understand money.
If that is the case for your child, consider these fun ideas for teaching kids about money: