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U.F.O. Day

June 24th

 

Research U.F.O's

Whether you go to the library or search on-line, there is a plethora of information on this topic, and it's one that fascinates both children and adults. Look at the night sky with binoculars or a telescope. Try to find a spot for view that is far enough from the lights of a town to get a good view. (Do a little star gazing too and identify some constellations. Scorpio is easy to find in the summer.) Make a folder to collect your information, a list of websites to check and photos of possible unidentified flying objects. Have "what if?" discussions with children. What if there are aliens? What might they look like? Would they be friendly or frightening? How might they travel? Would you like to meet one? Let the questions evolve.


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Timmie Puppet Pattern

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Tillie Puppet Pattern


Pan for Gold

There are places here in Arizona where you can pan for real gold, and often find garnet and other interesting things in the process. You rarely find more than a few flecks, but it's even fun for grown-ups. For young children, you can spray some rocks with gold paint and mix them with sand after the paint is dry. Put water in a container with the sand and rocks and give the kids pie pans. Put some sand mixture and water in a pan and swish it from side to side so that the lighter sand goes back into the container with the water and the heavier "gold" stays in the pie pan. Collect the "gold" and put it in a bag. You can also use iron pyrite (fool's gold). We've kept kids busy with the activity for extended periods of time! Follow-up by looking for rocks the next time you are out and about. Always watch children around water.

 

For a good time for younger children, spray paint some small rocks or pebbles with gold paint and mix them in with sand and water. Let the child take a pie pan and dip it into the sand and search for the "gold" nuggets.


 

Make Shadow Pictures

Set up a lamp or other bright light and place your hands between the light source and a plain wall. Make hand shadows by placing your hands in various positions. Try making your shadow animals move. Make vocal sound effects to go with them. Let children stand in front of the light and watch their own shadow as they move. Have a discussion about the idea that shadows aren't scary when you know what is making them.


Life Skills for Students, Parents and Teachers, in a very PRACTICAL book

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Super Student/ Happy Kid

A Practical Student Success Guide for Everyone!


Over 5000 Ideas for

Tots through Teens 

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Mother Lode

The Ultimate Collection of Ideas for Keeping Kids Busy


Help children develop

Self-Confidence!

Tryin' Ryan

by Elissa Thompson

Illustrated by Kas Winters


History Comes Alive

Written by a 13 year-old

Of Hopes and Dreams


The Wall

An Enchanting  Story for Children of All Ages with Reading-Thinking-Writing Activities

 


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Good Study Habits Help Students Get the School Year Off to a Good Start

Excerpt from Super Student/Happy Kid

by Sally D. Ketchum

 

A Word to Parents: By providing your children with a place to study, by carving time from family activities for them to study, and by giving encouragement in the form of proper study tools (including snacks), you support your children's habit of studying. There is one parental habit that is an exceptionally good influence: It is reading. Let your children see you read. Have magazines and books of several types in the household. Each child should be allowed a subscription to his or her favorite magazine. Excellent children's magazines are published now. Don't worry too much about what kids are reading. Take pride in the fact that they are readers.

A Word to Teens: Habits are behaviors we sometimes repeat unconsciously. If we repeat a behavior often enough, we will do it unconsciously, automatically. Bad study habits include TV (above all) shooting the breeze with friends too long (long telephone conversations), sleeping too much, and mixing other activities with study time. Establish good patterns of study by first disciplining yourself to do things right; then follow through by repeatedly doing them, and  finally, stick to the good habits you've acquired. Good study habits will not only improve your work (and your grades), but they will make life easier and give you more time for sports, leisure, and a full social life.

A Word to Middle Schoolers:  Set aside two or three periods of time each day for certain activities. For instance, you may want to get up earlier to practice your instrument or go through dance or exercise routines. You might want to declare the first half hour home from school utter "goof-off and relax time." You will find you look forward to these times! You might want to finish your homework right after dinner. Your routine might depend on whether you like to do things in the morning or evening. This is something you should think about.

A Word to Young Students:  Try to do your homework at the same time every day, Have a reward when you finish,. This might be a snack. It might be changing into your grub clothes. It might be playing with the cat or walking the dog! Make a favorite mark or put a sticker on your calendar each day you finish your homework.

Preschool Thought:  Routines are reassuring. Happily they also enable parents to surprise children by breaking routines.

Red Hot Tip!

Personalize your study place and your study routine will become pleasurable.


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