Here are some ways to spark your child’s interest in learning all summer long:
Give your child a journal. Suggest that she write down things she wonders about. For example, “What does it mean when there is a full moon?” or “Why can’t I stay up later?” She can find answers on her own or with your help, then write them in the journal.
Make time to talk. One study showed that when families talk often about many subjects, kids have higher IQs. Look for opportunities to talk with your child, such as during meals or in the car.
Support your child’s interests. For example, if your child loves playing the guitar, read books about the instrument, go to a concert, or encourage her to write to a famous guitarist.
Try a new activity you can do with your child, such as a sport. Choose something she’s excited about. Show how interested you are in learning, improving, and not giving up.
Set an example by learning about things you love. If you enjoy cooking, for instance, take a cooking class, check out a cookbook at the library, or try new recipes. Invite your child to help.
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