50 Ways to Increase your Child's Learning

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Keep Reference Books.
Every home should have a student and adult dictionary, an atlas and a thesaurus so children naturally learn to search for information they need. An encyclopedia is a real bonus. Show your child how to use each source. Prompt her to search these references for answers to questions that pop up.

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Visit The Library Often.
Every child can and should have a library card. Make applying for one a special accomplishment. Explain the rules for checking out books and then go to the library regularly. Also, encourage your child to keep the library books in a special place so that they are easily returned on time!
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Provide The 'Write' Stuff!
Long before a child has the motor skills to accurately form letters, he is able to hold a crayon and make a mark. Keep a ready supply of jumbo crayons, and pencils along with a variety of writing materials. Provide
   Provide the Write Stuff
support supplies for pretend situations like restaurants, offices and school. Encourage your child to dictate thank you notes, captions for pictures and stories that you transcribe.

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Know Their School Work.
Become involved with your child's assignments with your interest and assistance if needed. Make it a habit to ask your child what he did at school. Entice the reluctant talker by asking what was the worst thing and the best thing about his day. When children learn you are really interested, they will share.

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