Month: August 2012

Science Learning Activities for Pre-K-Green House Balloon

Children are naturally curious, and science experiments are a great way to learn about the world around them. In this science activity, you can help your child make a greenhouse balloon. Children will learn how greenhouses protect plants from harsh weather and hungry animals. For this activity, you will need the following materials: Book: Out and About at the Greenhouse by Bitsy Kemper Clear balloon Funnel ½  cup of dirt (for each child) ¼ cup of water (for each child) Radish seeds Sturdy string or twine Plastic cup or bowl (optional) Steps to Build a Greenhouse Balloon: 1.      Place the neck of the balloon over the short end of the funnel. This will allow your child to pour the dirt in with minimal spilling. 2.      Have your child the half-cup of dirt into the balloon, slowly and carefully. 3.      Have your child pour the water into the balloon to make the soil wet. 4.      While the balloon is still on the funnel, have your child drop a few radish seeds down into the balloon. 5.      Take the balloon off of the funnel, and blow gently into the balloon to inflate it slightly. 6.      Make a knot in the balloon and tie a piece of string or twine to the balloon knot. 7.      Hang the balloon somewhere near a window, if possible. If you can’t find a place to hang the balloon, place...

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Life Skills Your Child Needs to Know

  In addition to academic skills, there is a plethora of life skills that your child needs to know, that can’t be taught from books. Life skills must be taught by example, through conversation, and by allowing your child to take an active part in performing some of the skills. Let them make mistakes because sometimes that is the only way we learn. Just be there to talk them through it so that they won’t make the same mistake again. There are several areas of life skills that are essential for your child to learn: social, happiness, practical, financial, success, and thinking skills. Below are some ideas for how to teach these valuable life skills to your children.   Financial Skills  Teach your child easy budgeting skills, along with what is involved with budgeting. Have your child pay a bill – give them the money and show them how to write a check or pay it online. Talk to your child about investing. This one’s a little harder to show them hands-on, but talking with them will give them a basic concept of investing. Teach your child frugality by having them clip and sort coupons with you. Take them along with you to the grocery store and have them match the products to the coupons. If they’re old enough, you can have them calculate how much was saved with...

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