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Weekend Links | Gearing up for Screen-Free Week (April 30-May 6)

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Screen-Free Week is coming up April 30th – May 6th, 2018 and I’ve discovered a bunch of goodies that will help families discover something fun to do together.

Technology, whether TV, computer, iPad, or cell phone, is a tool and a tool is only as good as the hand that guides it. That hand is only as good as the heart and mind that picks it up as well.

Here are some wonderful articles, blog posts, crafts and links to help your family embrace and enjoy Screen-Free Week

Have the kids do a no-electronic week. (You won’t believe how well they get along by the end of the week!) Read more here.

Try some of these 60 Screen-Free Summer Activities for Kids.

If your child is having trouble transitioning from electronic time to family time, try this trick. My friend Samantha told me something years ago, and it has stuck with me ever since. I now tell parents this tip to help them have their kids turn off electronics without an argument. It works in so many other areas, too. Here’s How to turn off their electronics without an argument.

Educators Spin has some great info and ideas for Screen-Free Week here.

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Parenting is tough in this technology world. Here are some Screen Free Time Ideas from Heartbeats and Soul Stains and how you can benefit by giving your Family A Technology-Free Week.

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Go on a field trip! 25 Mini Adventures in the Library from Mama Scout is really fun and your kids will learn a lot about where things are in your local library.

Are your kids not a big fan of reading? You are not alone. Reluctant Readers may take a little extra finessing, but it is possible to get them to embrace books! The best way to motivate your reader is to know what inspires them! Making reading an adventure and not a “task, chore, requirement” during the summer months is a great way to help the desire to read and getting them loving the written word.

Think Outside the Box!

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This delightful book offers over 400 ideas to help parent encourage a “disconnect” from tech devices and a “reconnect” with their families in a healthier way. Parents and kids can pick from DIY activities to games to weekend outings. Since many of the activities work well for kids at various ages, families will be able to grow along with the different projects and make plans for both younger and older siblings alike.
Screen-Free Fun is well-organized into 4 sections: Embrace Your Creativity, Enjoy The Great Outdoors, Support Your Community, and Put A Fun Twist On Local Travel. The last section is filled with fun activities to do while out and about. Oh how I remember some of these like: Don’t step on the Crack, Road Trip ABC Game, Road Trip Bingo was a family favorite.
Other fun things to do are crafting veggie dolls, having a water balloon toss, Race paper airplanes, Go on a sound walk, craft soap sculptures, Have dessert in the bathtub, and so many more.

Reluctant Reader Tips

Early and emerging readers are discovering their world in a whole new way. They are learning how to communicate and absorb information via their language skills. By the time a child is 8 years old, they have evolved for the most part into independent learners. Each one of my children went through phases of passion between the ages of 5 and 8. Bringing them books about their interests sparked long moments of delving into books to capture the desired information they were looking for.

Books About: Dinosaurs, horses, American Girl books, memoirs such as the Little House on the Praire series, magic, nature, gardening, space, how things work etc. ranked high on their “discovery lists”.

By bringing books about topics they love shifted the focus from “you have to read” to “let’s discover”.

Planned Activity: Sit down with your children, both readers and non-readers, and ask them what their favorite topics are. Things they would like to really know about. Have them make a well-decorated list with all of their favorites on it and then head to the library. My children always displayed their topic lists on the fridge, that’s why they made them beautiful in the first place.

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One series I’m very fond of is the Treehouse Club by Mary Osborne. Inside the pages of these books lie incredible adventures for both boys and girls. They are designed in such a way that it tells a story while including the reader inside the process of discovering facts. Ranging in a vast variety of topics lends itself well to emerging readers.

What are your children passionate about? What types of books are they reading to squench the their curiosity thirst?