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June

July

August

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June

June 3 Make a poster of summer safety tips with your child.
June 4 Share family history, photos with your child.
June 5 Watch an educational television show with your child and discuss it.
June 6 Pick up a library reading list appropriate for your child's age and help your child get a library card.
June 7 Count the number of steps it takes to walk to the corner with your child.
June 10 Read a newspaper article about the environment with your child.
June 11 Have your child look for bugs. How many different kinds of bugs can he or she find? Size? Color?
June 12 Have your child list all uses of math around the house.
June 13 Cut pieces of paper into shapes and paste them in a quilt pattern with your child.
June 14 Cook dinner with your child and show him or her the do's and don'ts of preparing food.
June 17 Make up a board game with your child.
June 18 Have your child tell you a favorite story.
June 19 Have your child put an ice cube outside. How long until it melts? Until it evaporates?
June 20 Look up events on the day your child was born.
June 21 Take your child on a field trip.
June 24 Make finger puppets with your child. Cut the ends off the fingers of old gloves. Draw faces on the fingers with felt tip markers, and glue on yarn for hair.
June 25 Help your child find your town on a map.
June 26 Teach your child a new skill like setting the table.
June 27 Ask your child to watch for numbers in TV programs and commercials.
June 28 On trips, make a game of measuring distances and times.


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July

July 1 Encourage your child to check out 2 books this month from the library.
July 2 Write a list of your child's favorite animals. Talk about what makes each animal special.
July 3 Include your child in preparing a healthy meal.
July 4 Explain origin of holidays, such as Independence Day.
July 5 Ask your child to write a thank you note or write a note to a relative or friend.
July 8 Ask your child to watch the moon & record changes in size and color.
July 9 Have your child decorate a shoe box to store treasures.
July 10 Talk to your child about fire safety. Discuss a fire escape route and have a mock fire drill.
July 11 Make a grocery list that fits within a budget with your child.
July 12 Learn a tongue twister with your child.
July 15 Talk to your child about avoiding strangers.
July 16 Hide a treasure with your child and draw a map to find it.
July 17 Practice printing or handwriting with your child. Make a certificate for job well done.
July 18 Take a walk or bike ride with your child.
July 19 Discover when things were invented with your child. Make a timeline.
July 22 Have your child swap favorite books with a friend.
July 23 Tell a story. Ask your child to tell it back to you.
July 24 Ask your child to make a collage from things found around the house -- ribbons, string, buttons, pebbles.
July 25 Show your child how and when to dial 911.
July 26 Take your child to the grocery store. Talk about prices and weights of food.
July 29 Make a wish list of places you would like to visit with your child. Look them up on a map.
July 30 Make a personalized bookmark with your child.
July 31 Read a poem aloud with your child.


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August

August 1 Ask your child to study town history from old newspapers.
August 2 Make fingerpaints with soap flakes, water and food coloring with your child.
August 5 Tell your child a story about looking both ways before crossing the street.
August 6 Ask your child to organize the coins in a coin jar.
August 7 Find and use a computer with your child.
August 8 Look for community service activities that can include your child.
August 9 Have your child read a story with a friend or sibling.
August 12 Have your child talk with a person from another state or country.
August 13 Cut a snack, such as an apple or orange, into equal parts and talk about fractions with your child.
August 14 Turn off the TV for family reading time.
August 15 Compare history as presented on TV and in reference books with your child.
August 16 Have your child read your recipe to you.
August 19 Take your child to the park or playground.
August 20 Have your child find 3 jobs in the classifieds that interest him or her and discuss them.
August 21 Ask your child what being responsible means to him or her.
August 22 Measure objects in a room with your child. Make a floor plan.
August 23 Read about your state bird and state flower with your child.
August 26 Visit the library for a special children's program.
August 27 Help your child organize his or her own library.
August 28 Have your child be a pet detective and observe an animal.
August 29 String a macaroni necklace with your child. Have him or her count the pieces of macaroni.
August 30 Make a time capsule with your child and save it for a year or two.


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Every Day

  • Give your child a hug & say "I love you."
  • Praise your child.
  • Talk with your child.
  • Read & write with your child for at least 30 minutes.
  • With your child, make a dictionary of new words & add to it.
  • Count with your child.
  • Share news with your child.
  • Listen to music with your child.

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