Activities of the Week
Take Time to Be a Dad Today! Here are some suggestions for easy, no-cost or low-cost ways to spend meaningful time with your family. Everyone’s circumstances are different, so some of these activities might not be possible for you and your children.
February 24, 2013 to March 2, 2013
Do chores together
Dust. Sweep. Wipe off the table. Give dolls and trucks a bath. Not only will you stay active, you’ll make your child feel like a grown-up, responsible member of the family. Source: PBS Parents. http://www.pbs.org/parents/food-and-fitness/sport-and-fitness/keep-kids-active/
February 17, 2013 to February 23, 2013
Make a Collage
Let your child make his or her own shapes with paper, fabric or other material. Encourage your child to cut the shapes out independently, but be prepared to help when needed. Arrange them on a background. Source: PBS Parents: http://www.pbs.org/parents/creativity/tryhome.html
February 10, 2013 to February 16, 2013
Stop Bullying Together
Learn what bullying is and what it is not. Understanding what bullying is is the first step in forming a plan to prevent or respond to bullying with your child. Many behaviors that look like bullying may be just as serious, but may require different response strategies. Learn more at StopBullying.gov. Tips from StopBullying.gov
February 3, 2013 to February 9, 2013
February is Black History Month
February is Black History Month, learn about and celebrate the many contributions African American men and women have made throughout U.S. history. Looking for new ways to learn about African American culture as a family? Consider visiting the Smithsonian African American Cultural Heritage Tour online - http://heritagetours.si.edu/bhm.html. The virtual tour has timelines, quizzes, and activities to explore as a family.
January 27, 2013 to February 2, 2013
Big Dreams need Big Support
One of the first things that we ask children is, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” And the question is asked over and over again. When your kids answer with big dreams, support them. Network with people in those fields through community, school, and religious organizations, and help them to seek out ways to make those dreams possible. As they grow older, encourage them to take classes in school that will keep their options open. Assist them in pursuing those big dreams by believing in them.
January 20, 2013 to January 26, 2013
Have a play date
Preschoolers are also discovering what it means to play with a friend instead of just alongside another child, as toddlers do. By being around other kids, a preschooler gains important social skills, such as sharing and taking turns. Despite occasional disputes, preschoolers learn to cooperate and interact during play. Source: PBS Parents: http://www.pbs.org/parents/food-and-fitness/sport-and-fitness/raising-a-fit-preschooler
January 13, 2013 to January 19, 2013
Identify child’s interests and support them.
Ask what sparks your child’s interest, what gets them excited and makes them happy—you might be surprised at the answers. Share your interests, and talk about it together. Notice if there’s something new your child is interested in trying, and help find a way to pursue it. Tip from ParentFurther http://www.parentfurther.com/your-childs-spark
January 6, 2013 to January 12, 2013
Share a Book
Gather your already read books and donate them to a local library, school, or shelter. The books will be enjoyed again, you will reinforce to your children the value of reading, and they will gain a better understanding of the importance of giving to others.