20 Cures for your kids’ Spring Fever

20 Cures for your kids’ Spring Fever After a long winter; is Spring Fever running rampant in your house? Try some of the activities listed below to settle the fever. Play “Follow the Leader” Make your own obstacle courses Run up—and down—hills Jump in puddles Play hopscotch Build a fort Build a snowman (weather permitting) Have a scavenger hunt, looking only for items found in nature Birdwatching Look for spring flowers (this keeps them busy for a long time, at least in our part of Ontario) Climb trees Jump rope Go for a bike ride Blow bubbles Have races using

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25 Fun Family activities for Spring

1. Blow bubbles Go buy some bubbles at your favourite dollar store, or make your own at home. 2. Fly a kite Go fly a kite—literally! Choose an open field and run around with the kids to try and get their kite up in the air.  3. Play hide-and-seek Who doesn’t love this classic game? Springtime means you can head outside for an epic, neighbourhood round of hide-and-seek!  4. Ride a bike Spend an afternoon riding the bike trails in your local area. Is your little biker still in training? Use it as an opportunity to teach him how to

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Help Your Child Get Organized; Part 2

This is a 2-part blog about getting your child organized giving tips and advice. Part 1 focused on how to organize and part 2 focuses on how to get started! If you missed part 1 – click here to catch up! (click here) How to Start Here are some tips on how to begin teaching the 1-2-3 process: Introduce the Idea Start the conversation by using the examples above and show your child the kids’ article Organize, Focus, Get It Done. Read it together and ask for reactions. Will it be easy or hard? Is he or she already doing

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Top 10 Homework Tips

Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important. Of course, helping with homework shouldn’t mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two! Here are some tips to guide the way: Know the teachers — and what they’re looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child’s teachers.

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Help Your Child Get Organized; Part 1

This is a 2-part blog about getting your child organized giving tips and advice. Part 1 focuses on how to organize and part 2 focuses on how to get started! Most kids generate a little chaos and disorganization. Yours might flit from one thing to the next — forgetting books at school, leaving towels on the floor, and failing to finish projects once started. You’d like them to be more organized and to stay focused on tasks, such as homework. Is it possible? Yes! A few kids seem naturally organized, but for the rest, organization is a skill learned over

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Creating a Reader-Friendly Home

A home filled with reading material is a good way to help kids become excited readers. What kind of books should you have? Ask your kids about their interests. If they’re too young to tell you, ask your local librarian for suggestions about age-appropriate books. Keep a Variety of Reading Materials Collect board books or books with mirrors and different textures for babies. Preschoolers enjoy alphabet books, rhyming books, and picture books. Elementary-age kids enjoy fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, plus dictionaries and other reference books. Kids can understand stories they might not be able to read on their own. If

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Top 10 Homework Tips

Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important.

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