Explore American Sign Language. Libraries have books and websites like Lifeprint.com are great resources. It’s a good skill, helps build vocabulary and verbal skills. Seems that preschoolers are naturals -they just think it’s fun.


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Build a backyard adventure camp


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It’s very difficult to pull off sarcasm in written form. It does not translate.


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To calculate military time starting at 1300, subtract 12.


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Apollo 13 and The Martian Great movies about space, science, engineering, etc. Watch together.


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Enroll in cooking lessons. We'll need to find you someone who knows how to cook. (Don't tell mom I said that.)


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Look into Rustic Pathways to see the world and do some good.


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Check out news-for-kids websites like Dogo News and NBC Learn.


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Keep screen time to a minimum.


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Look into Rustic Pathways to see the world and do some good.


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Teach him what to do and how to act if he gets pulled over.


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Always keep a clean rag within arm’s reach in the car. You never know when you might need to clean-up a spill or smash a spider while driving 50mph.


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The app "Bark" detects messaging containing cyber-bullying, sexting, signs of depression or suicidal thoughts, etc.


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Plan a few screen-free weekends every year. (Reticket until 16.)


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Encourage creativity, science and engineering: Make a craft station / work bench for projects. Fill it with all kinds of art supplies, engineering kits, tools, pegboard, etc. Stock safety equipment like goggles and make sure the area has good lighting. Lots of ideas on Pinterest, etc.


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Practice sitting and standing "like a statue" to teach them how to be still. Start with a goal of 5 or 10 seconds, gradually move to 2 minutes. Same thing for "silent game" to teach them how to stay quiet when they need to. Bribery helps teaching this concept!


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Look into Kano (make your own computer)


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“A lot” is two words. (You wouldn’t write abunch as one word.) “Its” is a pronoun like his or hers (you wouldn’t write her’s) The contraction “it’s” ONLY means “it is.” They’re / there / their


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It’s okay to take a beat, a pause before you answer: “Hold on, let me think about how this is going to work...” I’ve seen a lot of mistakes or loss of confidence in an employee because they just blurted out a guess or starting off in the wrong direction only to have to go back- just because the plan hadn’t been thought through. It only takes a minute.


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Practice your signature


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Set up a dog agility course in the backyard. Use household items or toys, etc and lots of dog treats for training.


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"Make yourself proud." Teach them to take pride in themselves - in their work, their behavior. Everything from a 3 year-old making her bed to a 10 year-old's homework. If they learn to keep going until they're satisfied it's done well, they won't need us to keep after them.


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Google earth app means there's always a globe at hand. Point out states, countries or oceans when we hear about them.


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make your own latch board / "busy board" for plenty of hours of learning and entertainment. Find lots of great ideas on Pinterest.


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Highly recommend book about math and multiplication techniques:“The Best of Times” by Greg Tang.


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Being well-read is better (and cheaper) than an advanced degree, especially for broader education. Stay curious and read!! Fiction, non-fiction, biographies ...


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People learn all sorts of different ways. I found I learn best by repetition (drills) especially true for skills. And by listening for studying. Recording my lectures in college made a huge difference in my ability to learn and retain material. Let’s find what works for you.


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Look into Space Camp for next year


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