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Gardening With Your Child

How To Start A Garden With Your Child


Guest Post By Megan Neary

There are few things as rewarding as gardening with your child! The educational and nutritional opportunities are endless. Teaching your child where food comes from is a powerful lesson. Here are a few things to consider before planning your garden!

Think about the size of your garden. When you are just beginning a new garden it is best to start small. Have a plan in mind to expand your garden after you have completed a growing season. If the thought of removing sod for an in ground garden is overwhelming, consider starting a container or raised bed garden.

Be sure to include your child in this process! Have them help you measure out the plot of land you have in mind. If you are doing a raised bed garden they can help you measure where it will be placed in your yard. When buying containers talk to your child about the various sizes and why certain crops need larger containers to grow in.

The second thing to consider is sun exposure. It is important to choose an area for your garden that gets full sun exposure. Vegetables love sun and the more they have the better! This is a great opportunity to talk to your child about what plants need in order to survive. Have your child help you pick an area of your yard that would be a good spot to grow crops. Choose a day where you and your child can check on the amount of sun your yard gets. Are there spots that receive morning sun but afternoon shade? Work with your child to decide the best spot for your garden to thrive!

Next, think about the type of soil you have in your area. Rocky soil is hard to cultivate so a raised bed or container garden might be better if you have this type of soil. Find a spot in your yard and dig a hole with your child. Talk with them about the type of soil you have and the type of garden that would work best for your location.

Next, think about how you will maintain your garden. Consider how much time you are willing to put into your garden. Will you be able to water it each day in the summer? How often will you and your child be able to pick the crops you are growing? Be honest and realistic about the amount of time you can put into your garden. Many gardens start with a bang but then wither away under the intense August heat. Successful gardens are those in which irrigation and maintenance are carefully thought out. Can you tie your garden into an existing sprinkler system? Think about buying a hose that is set up with a timer to ensure your garden will receive the correct amount of water to keep it alive and well! Sit down with your child and develop a watering plan for the summer. Consider also adding it to your child’s chore list. A garden is a great way to instill responsibility in a child but be sure to include them in the process!

Finally, the fun part! Take your child with you to pick out the seeds you would like to plant. Be honest about what vegetables your family eats. In my own garden I grow the crops I know my children will consume. Think about your space constraints as well. Certain crops such as pumpkins need lots of space to grow. Involve your child in the process and ask them what types of vegetables they’d like to grow. Once you have decided on your crops, work together to plant the seeds. Be sure to follow the planting directions on the package!

Gardening with your child is a rewarding experience. Few things are as powerful as teaching our children where food comes from! Happy Gardening!

Megan has been teaching for 16 years. She has extended her love of gardening to her school where they have started their own garden.

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Volunteering at Your Children’s School

Volunteering at Your Children's School - Benefits for you and your children

A great way to help your children be successful in school is to get involved in their classrooms. It not only shows your children that you care about their education, but it also gives you a peek into their school world. You will be able to see first hand how they relate to peers and their teachers, contribute to discussions, and complete their assignments. It also gives you common ground with your children for when they talk about their day at school with you. When they mention a particular friend or procedure in the classroom, chances are you will know exactly what they are talking about. Just your presence will be appreciated by them.

If you are unable to go to your children’s classrooms to help due to work or other commitments, there are other ways you can get involved. See if there is a project such as correcting papers, cutting, gluing, etc that you can do at home. Your children could bring home the projects and then return them to school the next day. Chances are they will be full of pride as they hand the projects to their teachers knowing it was their parent who helped. Another way to get involved if you cannot make it during the school day is before or after school. Teachers need help with music programs, skate nights, movie nights, and other special times. You can also find out when your PTA, PTSA, or PTO meets. Some parent associations schedule meetings at lunch time or in the evening to give as many parents as possible a chance to get involved. Even if you cannot make it directly into your children’s classrooms during the school day to help, there are other ways you can can be involved.

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FREE Summer Reading Programs For Kids 2014

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Free Summer Reading Programs For Kids

Free 2014 Summer Reading Programs

School is out and summer fun has begun. It’s important to remember during these summer months to spend at least a little time in academics. Most students loose a bit of what was learned during the past year in the summer months. One way to help your child retain what was learned and be better prepared for the upcoming school year is to participate in a summer reading program. Some free summer reading programs are listed below.

City Libraries: Fizz! Boom! Read!  – Read books and complete activities to receive free books, coloring stickers, and more. Most libraries are participating in this event centered around science.  Check your local library for details.

American Girl Read-A-Palooza – American Girl stores are hosting this free reading event until August 26th.  The American Girl site has the schedule of store events as well as free printables.

Barnes and Noble – Your child can earn a free book when they read any eight books, record them on the provided reading journal, and bring it into Barnes and Noble.

Pottery Barn Summer Reading Challenge – Children who complete one of Pottery Barn’s reading lists will receive a free book. Visit your local Pottery Barn Kids to pick up the reading list or click on the link above for more details.  This program goes until July 31st.  Pottery Barn will also be hosting a weekly story time.

Chuck E. Cheese – Print off their reading calendar. Once your child reads for two weeks, they earn 10 free tokens. They also have other reward calendars such as homework, good behavior, and practicing a musical instrument. All of the calendars are for two weeks and are for 10 free tokens.

Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays – From July 9th to August 13th, children can bring in a book report to the Bookworm Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. movie and watch it for free. Download the Book Report

TD Bank – Children in kindergarten – 5th grade can read and record 10 books on the summer reading form, take the form to TD Bank, and receive a $10 deposit into a new or existing Young Saver Account.  This program is through August 31st.

Pizza Hut’s Book It 2014 Summer Reading Challenge – Once children read 5 books, they can enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a prize.  This program runs through August 15th.

Find FREE Digital Books For Your Children

Did you know many libraries now offer digital collections of electronic and audio books for your computer, MP3 player, iPod, Smartphone, or tablet?*

You can find hundreds of free online children’s books by visiting your library’s website and clicking on TumbleBooks (TM). If you have a preschooler or beginning reader, be sure to visit DayByDayID.org every day this summer to read books and do fun activities.*  Make sure you access TumbleBooks through your library’s site so you can read them for free.

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*Information from the public library summer reading pamphlet.

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PTA/PTO Fundraising Idea For A Reading Program

SNAP

Is your school’s PTA/PTO looking for ways to support your teachers this school year?  Here is a program that teachers will appreciate and will help students increase their reading skills.  It’s called SNAP! Learning.  SNAP! is an individualized reading program aligned to the Common Core standards that has over 133 engaging books and scripted lesson plans offering instruction and practice in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  It covers K-6 content in history, science, and language arts. The materials are appropriate for struggling readers, English language learners, advanced or gifted students, and kids reading at grade level.

Teachers have such a wide variety of learning needs and levels in their classrooms, that sometimes it can be tricky to meet every child’s need.  This program would make it easier for kids to learn at their own level through out the school day.  Teachers can track students’ performances with online assessments, tools, and charts.  They can see if the students comprehend what they read, how many words they read correctly, and more valuable information with online reports.

SNAP! is perfect for our technology-rich world that appeals to kids.  While its lessons and practice reading books library can be printed out for children to use, children can also view them on an iPad, Kindle Fire, Android, computer, or classroom Smartboard.

The yearly cost for an entire classroom of students is $89 a year.  This cost includes everything for all of the students: printed books, ebooks, lessons, assessments, etc.  I can see this program as a valuable PTA/PTO fundraising goal for the school.   It would be worth it to help meet all students’ needs.

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 App Measurement Kandy Fish
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Kandy Fish

SNAP! Learning has provided 3 lucky readers of Teacher Help For Parents a code for a FREE iPad app from Punflay.  You will either win Word Wal, Measurement, or Kandy Fish.  Punflay has great educational apps for kids.  You can enter below.  Contest ends on October 2nd at 12:00 a.m.

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FREE 2013 Summer Reading Programs For Kids

Click Here To See Free 2015 Summer Reading Programs

Free Summer Reading Programs


Free 2013 Summer Reading Programs

School is out and summer fun has begun. It’s important to remember during these summer months to spend at least a little time in academics. Most students loose a bit of what was learned during the past year in the summer months. One way to help your child retain what was learned and be better prepared for the upcoming school year is to participate in a summer reading program. Some free summer reading programs are listed below.

City Libraries: Dig Into Reading Summer 2013 Reading Program – Read books and complete activities to receive free books, coloring stickers, and more. Most libraries are participating in this event.

Barnes and Noble – Your child can earn a free book when they read any eight books, record them on the provided reading journal, and bring it into Barnes and Noble.

Pottery Barn Summer Reading Challenge – Children 10 and under who complete one of Pottery Barn’s reading lists will receive a free book. Visit your local Pottery Barn Kids to pick up the reading list.

Chuck E. Cheese – Print off their reading calendar. Once your child reads for two weeks, they earn 10 free tokens. They also have other reward calendars such as homework, good behavior, and practicing a musical instrument. All of the calendars are for two weeks and are for 10 free tokens.

Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays – From July 10th to August 7th, children can bring in a book report to the Bookworm Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. movie and watch it for free. Download the Book Report

TD Bank – Your child reads and records 10 books on the summer reading form, takes the form to TD Bank, and receives a $10 deposit into a new or existing Young Saver Account.

Pizza Hut’s Book It 2013 Summer Reading Challenge – This program is for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. They have not launched their summer site yet, but I will update this post as soon as they do.

Find FREE Digital Books For Your Children

Did you know many libraries now offer digital collections of electronic and audio books for your computer, MP3 player, iPod, Smartphone, or tablet?*

You can find hundreds of free online children’s books by visiting your library’s website and clicking on TumbleBooks (TM). If you have a preschooler or beginning reader, be sure to visit DayByDayID.org every day this summer to read books and do fun activities.* Make sure you access TumbleBooks through your library’s site so you can read them for free.

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*From Dig Into Reading At Your Public Library This Summer Pamphlet

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Olympic Activities For Kids

Olympics Kids Activities


The summer Olympics are here, and we’ve found some fun activities for your child to help celebrate.

Olympic Handprint Rings
Olympic Handprint Rings

 Your child uses his or her thumb and index finger to create this masterpiece (from Activity Village).

teddy bear olympicsTeddy Bear Olympics 

Why not have your children gather up their teddy bears and have their own Olympics?
Here are some ideas to get you started (from Sun Hats & Wellie Boots).

USA star matching game

USA Star Matching Game

This matching game is perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners (from Little Family Fun).

The Ancient Greek Olympics

This site is perfect for elementary and middle school students.
It explains the origin and history of the Olympics (from Mr. Donn’s Site for Kids & Teachers).

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Free Summer Reading Programs For Kids

Click Here To See Free 2015 Summer Reading Programs

Free Summer Reading Programs


Free 2013 Summer Reading Programs

School is out and summer fun has begun.  It’s important to remember during these summer months to spend at least a little time in academics.  Most students loose a bit of what was learned during the past year in the summer months.  One way to help your child retain what was learned and be better prepared for the upcoming school year is to participate in a summer reading program.  Some free summer reading programs are listed below.

City Libraries: Dig Into Reading Summer 2013 Reading Program – Read books and complete activities to receive free books, coloring stickers, and more.  Most libraries are participating in this event.

Barnes and Noble – Your child can earn a free book when they read any eight books, record them on the provided reading journal, and bring it into Barnes and Noble.

Pottery Barn Summer Reading Challenge – Children 10 and under who complete one of Pottery Barn’s reading lists will receive a free book.  Visit your local Pottery Barn Kids to pick up the reading list.

Chuck E. Cheese – Print off their reading calendar.  Once your child reads for two weeks, they earn 10 free tokens.  They also have other reward calendars such as homework, good behavior, and practicing a musical instrument.  All of the calendars are for two weeks and are for 10 free tokens.

Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays – From July 10th to August 7th, children can bring in a book report to the Bookworm Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. movie and watch it for free. Download the Book Report

TD Bank – Your child reads and records 10 books on the summer reading form, takes the form to TD Bank, and receives a $10 deposit into a new or existing Young Saver Account.

Pizza Hut’s Book It 2013 Summer Reading Challenge – This program is for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Find FREE Digital Books For Your Children

Did you know many libraries now offer digital collections of electronic and audio books for your computer, MP3 player, iPod, Smartphone, or tablet?*

You can find hundreds of free online children’s books by visiting your library’s website and clicking on TumbleBooks (TM).  If you have a preschooler or beginning reader, be sure to visit DayByDayID.org every day this summer to read books and do fun activities.*  Make sure you access TumbleBooks through your library’s site so you can read them for free.

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How Do I Help My Child Become A Better Reader?

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*From Dig Into Reading At Your Public Library This Summer Pamphlet

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Phonetic Sight Words – Short E

FREE PRINTABLE Short E Word List - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

Below is a list of short e words.  Begin by writing the words on index cards.  Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately.  Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice. 

Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words.  Start by reading the list to him or her.  Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently.  The goal is for your child to be able to read each list in under one minute.

Short E Practice

Bet Beg Bent Cent
Desk Fed Felt Get
Help Kept Let Nest
Peg Rent Sell Tent
Vest Well Trend Mess
Egg Elf Elk Ten
Led Best Pen Vet
Bell Leg Pet Web
Best Red West Men
End Met Sent Wet
Jet Nest Shed Sled

Printable Short E Word List

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