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Summer Learning: A Lesson On Telling Time

The kids are out of school but that doesn’t mean that summer learning has to stop. Becky, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, has some great tips for continuing that learning for your kids over the summer. Take a look…

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Summer Learning: A Lesson On Telling Time

It’s summer time and the living is easy—unless you’re in my house and there are lessons to be learned! Chop, chop! Last week, it was all about introducing our 6-year-old to the concept of time. It was time well spent (sorry, had to). Here’s how I did it:

Get A Clock

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Get a clock, or better yet, make one together with a paper plate, some paper, markers and a brad. We already had this puzzle clock that worked great as a teaching tool. Or, take one right off the wall and take the battery out to use how you please. Hot tip: The Dollar Store also sells signs with moving clock hands like this:

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Use this clock to demonstrate time, quiz your child on time, and keep it throughout the day for the child to update the time.

Worksheets… I mean FUNsheets!

Every morning, practice with these FREE clock-themed worksheets here. For an incentive (it is summer) give him/her a bonus 5 minutes of TV/tablet/book time for every final worksheet answer they get correct.

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Schedule It!

Give your child a schedule to fill out and try and stick with it. They will quickly learn how you really can’t do everything in one day.

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Stopwatch

Finally, a real answer to “Are we there yet?” Let your child use your stopwatch app on your phone in the car to get a better understanding of how long it will take to get somewhere.

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Books & Dvds

Get a week’s worth of books and DVDs that are time-related from the library. From educational to silly, there are all kinds of kid books around the theme of time.

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Reward

Bonus! As an award learning how to tell time, at the end of the week take a field-trip to shop for a watch together. (Feel free to set a time limit on his/her decision.)

From iFamily to Yours,

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Becky Ervin is a creative director, mother of three, and blogs at PartyBoxKC.com/blog


Celebration of Motherhood: Cherish the Little Moments

What a great week this has been. We’ve spent it by celebrating the moms in our lives, giving advice, and supporting those mom’s getting ready to embark on the journey of parenthood. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Stephanie, wraps up this series with a great post about one key idea: Cherish the little moments. Enjoy!

 

Celebration of Motherhood: Cherish the Little Moments

 

Celebration of Motherhood: Cherish the Little Moments

 

If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know the overwhelming emotions of seeing those two little lines on the pregnancy test. For me, I think I went through every emotion possible within seconds of finding out.

 

I was 20 years old, living with my fiancé (now husband) in a little apartment in Independence. We both had decent enough jobs but knew we were going to have to make some serious changes before we brought a baby into this world.

 

When I first took the pregnancy test at home I didn’t believe it. My now husband knew instantly – at least that was his way of explaining my moodiness (haha!) I remember calling the doctor and setting up appointments for blood work and repeat tests to make sure the at home test was right.

 

After confirming, I remember the whirlwind of telling our family and friends and seeing their excitement. I wish I could tell you I remember all the doctor appointments and when I felt him move for the first time and all those fun things… but I don’t.

 

My oldest, Zack, will be 7 next month and I can hardly believe it. It seems like he should still be my baby and I should still be on maternity leave with him. Instead of crawling around on the floor with him, we are practicing sight words and doing math problems. No more showing up to work in spit up covered clothes… instead we’re rushing out the door to get to Tae Kwon Do, soccer or school.

 

These last few years have gone by so fast and it blows my mind how quickly they keep going. While it is easier said than done… we need to slow down and cherish the little moments in life.

 

From iFamily to Yours,
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