1. Connecting to Nature & Questioning Skills Go for a walk and explore the environment. Talk about the things you see. Ask your children deep questions. Go beyond a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. Ask “What if…?” or “Why?”.
  2. Vocabulary Building Start a “Word-of-the-Day” club. See who can find ways to use the new word that day.
  3. Supporting Evidence Model for them how to give an opinion and support it with evidence. Discuss your likes and dislikes, favourite book or movie, or favourite food.
  4. Language Building Have fun with riddles, jokes, tongue twisters, rhyming and word association.
  5. Reading and Memorizing Have a poetry night. Everyone challenges themselves to remember a poem and recite it to the family. Or decide to turn your favourite story into a play. You can create costumes, props and scenery. Organize a performance for extended family and friends.
  6. Scientific Method Have a paper airplane flying contest. Research designs and then experiment to see which one is the best flyer, the fastest, the best loop-de-looper. Science World has a great list of suggestions for a Family Science Night.
  7. Astronomy Learn to read the night sky together. The Vancouver Planetarium has a Sky Watch page to help you sort out the stars.
  8. Math and Life Skills Plan a picnic. Give your child a budget and teach them how to plan an event. Where will you spend the most money? Food? Decorations? Games? Transportation? How will we get there?
  9. Attention to Detail Create a scavenger hunt for your child. Perhaps an outdoor scavenger hunt, a plant hunt, an animal hunt… They can use a digital camera to capture their items.
  10. Writing Create a journal as a family or set aside a time when the whole family sits down and writes in their own personal journal.

Don’t forget to have FUN! 

Play games. Emphasize taking turns and help them be a gracious winner or loser. Game suggestions include: Scrabble, Bananagrams, Boggle, Pictionary, Battleship, Mastermind, Monopoly, Dominoes, or Cribbage.

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