As they explore the world around them, ask children what they see, what they think about it, and what it makes them wonder. For more on this Visible Thinking routine that encourages careful observation and thoughtful interpretation, see the Learning Lab from Smithsonian.
Activities of the Week
Enjoy the first day of fall.
Visit the U.S. Forest Service website for coloring pages, instructions on how to make leaf rubbings, and other fun seasonal ideas.
Be more engaged in your child's education this year.
Be more engaged in your child's education this year. Joining the PTA, reading to your child, and asking questions about what they do at school each day are all great ways to get started. For more, see this list from the National Center for Fathering.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Find educational resources and fun activities to do with your kids on the Smithsonian website, including this series of easy-to-do storybook projects.
Be prepared for anything this National Disaster Preparedness Month.
Check out The Department of Homeland Security for information on preparing your family for all types of possible emergencies.
Get ready to go back to school!
After a long summer off, prepare your kids for a happy, healthy return to school with these tips from Johns Hopkins, including how to create a better sleep schedule, prevent sports injuries, watch out for bullying, ease back-to-school anxieties, and more.
Make dinner together.
Try a One Pot Wonder recipe from the Family Dinner Project! These meals are delicious, easy, and minimize clean up time afterwards.
Make a healthy summer snack.
Beat the August heat with this easy and fun frozen fruit cups recipe from Kids.gov. They show you how, step by step, in this how-to video.