Middle Years Newsletter: May 2020
Learning Activities for Tweens and Teens:
Keep your children learning and safely occupied while they’re not in school and can’t hang out with friends. This guide features tween- and teen-friendly activities and challenges, including a bingo card on the back. Editor’s note: Guidelines are changing rapidly. Make sure to follow all local, state, and federal laws and recommendations on social distancing and other practices when using these ideas.
Motivate your child to enjoy writing with these suggestions.
Free write. Encourage her to set a timer for five minutes and write anything she wants (even if she begins with, “I’m not sure what to write...”). Your tween will probably get on a roll, and she just might want to keep writing when time’s up!
Share responses. Have family members take turns posting a random topic of the week on the refrigerator. Examples: “Predict a 22nd-century technology trend” or “Do you think people should eat only ‘breakfast foods’ for breakfast? Why or why not?” Everyone writes a response to the topic, and you can share them at the end of the week.
Showing your teen how math relates to her own life—or to things she cares about—is one of the best ways to motivate her to practice. Here are ideas:
Figure out financing. Maybe your teenager wants to buy a used car. Have her compare financing plans. Then, she could create a spreadsheet showing the final cost based on different interest rates and the term (number of months) for repaying a loan.
Explore careers. Perhaps she’s dreaming of being an architect or a fashion designer. There’s a lot of math in those fields, along with many others. Encourage her to sketch her dream house and use art materials and math tools to build a model to scale. Or she might design a skirt and then figure out how much it would cost to buy the materials to make it.
For the rest of the article, and a BINGO game to play at home, be sure to click on the link: Middle Years Newsletter May 2020 COVID-19 Edition