Day 30 - Family Literacy Month

Day 30 - Imagination Vacation Imagine that you were going on vacation today, instead of school or work. Where would you go? How long would you stay? What is the weather like and what will you do? More importantly, what should you pack? This is a great way to practice giving descriptions and thinking about important information, like weather and things to do. http://bit.ly/ImaginationVacation http://bit.ly/wandertheworld

Day 29 - Family Literacy Month

Day 29 - Mary Had a Little Rhyme Recite nursery rhymes you know by heart, or learn a popular lullaby from another culture. Encourage your toddler to sing them with you. You can even change around the words to make the songs about your family! Nursery rhymes are important to the process of learning early language skills. http://bit.ly/MotherGooseRhymes

Day 28 - Family Literacy Month

Day 28 - Over the Moon Take the time to observe the night sky together. Notice the moon and how it changes size (and even color) from day to day, or map out a constellation or cluster of stars on aluminum foil by poking holes with a tooth pick. Inside, put a light behind the aluminum sheet to make your own night sky. http://bit.ly/MoonTrivia

Day 27 - Family Literacy Month

Day 27 - Dreamland What’s the craziest dream you’ve ever had? Sit down with your family members and talk about dreams. Which dreams can you remember? What’s the funniest dream you’ve ever had? The scariest? As a family, have everyone keep a dream journal and compare notes. And, if you have a pet, you can even imagine what he or she dreams about! http://bit.ly/DreamDiary http://bit.ly/doanimalsdream

Day 26 - Family Literacy Month

Day 26 - What a Gem When is your birthday? What is your birthstone? Look up where the gemstone comes from and learn about its special powers! Do you like your birth gem’s special powers? Which stone is your favorite? http://bit.ly/BirthdayPowers

Day 25 - Family Literacy Month

Day 25 - School Days Share stories about what your schooldays were like, and compare your experience with everyone in your family. We think you’ll find the learning process and in-school gadgets have changed quite a bit over the years. Together make a list of the top five things you love about school and why learning will always be important. http://bit.ly/SchoolDayStory

Day 24 - Family Literacy Month

Day 24 - Get Cooking Bring math into the kitchen and include the whole family when preparing a recipe. Practice measuring out ingredients using different sizes of measuring cups. How many ⅓ scoops does it take to make 1 cup? How many ¼ cups? How would you prepare the recipe for 24 guests? You don’t need to be a professional chef to share the joys of cooking and learning with your friends and family members. http://bit.ly/KitchenMath

Day 23 - Family Literacy Month

Day 23 - Flashlight Stories Pretend you’re camping and there’s no electricity for a reading light, and read by flashlight! Take turns reading to experience how different it is to read in the dark. Talk about what it would be like to go back in time and read without electricity. You could even go to the library and pick out a story about the discovery of electricity! http://bit.ly/FlashlightStory

Day 22 - Family Literacy Month

Day 22 - Mystery Dinner Guests Before dinner, have everyone choose a famous person from history and research the person’s life. While eating, take turns asking each other questions to learn more about the other “famous people” at the table. Try to guess each other’s identity! http://bit.ly/MysteryDinnerGuest

Day 21 - Family Literacy Month

Day 21 - Head in the Clouds Take the time to stare at the clouds and see if there are any interesting shapes in the sky. Wonder what it would be like to fly. Where would you go? What would you do? Imagine the possibilities with your child http://bit.ly/HeadintheClouds

Day 20 - Family Literacy Month

Day 20 - Tasty Togetherness Take your taste buds on an adventure and try different foods from all over the world. Keep a journal of what you’re trying. Note how the food tastes (salty, sweet, sour, etc.). What did you like about it? Did it remind you of another food? How would you describe it to your friends? Learning to eat different foods is not only healthy, but can be fun for the whole family. http://bit.ly/FoodPassport

Day 19 - Family Literacy Month

Day 19 - Who’s Important To You? Tell or write a story about an adult who is or was important in your life. Ask your child to do the same. Share your stories out loud, and see if you can think of all the important people who make up your life. http://bit.ly/FamilyHero

Day 18 - Family Literacy Month

Day 18 - Shape Up with Dinner Geometry Shapes are everywhere, even on your dinner plate. Look at your dinner table and name all the shapes you see as a way to practice recognizing shapes. See who can find the most! http://bit.ly/DinnerGeometry

Day 17 - Family Literacy Month

Day 17 - Family Stretches Unwind together as a family before bedtime, and try out a few beginner yoga poses or deep stretching. Spending time relaxing together can be just as important as staying active. http://bit.ly/FamilyStretching

Day 16 - Family Literacy Month

Day 16 - Gratitude Posters Our days get busy, and sometimes we forget to say “thank you” to the people who make our lives so very special. Make a list in words and/or pictures of three great things you like about each person in your family. Hang your lists up for everyone to see (this also works great in classrooms). http://bit.ly/FamilyGratitude

Day 15 - Family Literacy Month

Day 15 - Wake up, Word Up: Letter of the Day Over breakfast, work together to choose a letter of the day. Everyone looks for objects that begin with that letter during the day. You may see this letter everywhere! Or, you may only notice it in a few places. Talk about all the things your family observed that day, and marvel at the world around you. http://bit.ly/WakeUpWordUp

Day 14 - Family Literacy Month

Day 14 - Listen to Your Children’s Stories Ask your child to tell you a favorite story. It can be a new story or an old one with new twists and characters. Write down what your child says. Read it back to your child. Save the story to read it again. Let your child’s imagination inspire you to come up with your own adult stories to write down and later share. http://bit.ly/LearningFromChildren

Day 13 - Family Literacy Month

Day 13 - Fun with Family History Did Grandpa fight in a World War? Was your grandma born in a different country? Write a story together about an important event in your family’s history. Illustrate the story and fasten it together into a book for the family library. Knowing where you came from is important to gaining a strong sense of identity. http://bit.ly/MyLastName

Day 12 - Family Literacy Month

Day 12 - Around the World Find a newspaper article or book about someone who lives in a different part of the U.S. or world. Research and discuss as a family how that person’s everyday reality may differ because of where they were born. What do they wear? What do they eat? What games do they play? Learning to understand and respect cultural differences is important in our global and ever-growing diverse world. http://bit.ly/DifferentCountries

Day 11 - Family Literacy Month

Day 11 - Family Fairytale Fun Start a story together as a family. One person starts the story and tells one to three lines. Then the next person takes over and adds the next one to three lines. See how everyone weaves their own interests and imagination into the plot. http://bit.ly/FamilyFairytale

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