Start with a Book!

Did you know that students lose approximately three months of learning during the summer?  Help your child stay school-ready with tips from Start with a Book!  There you’ll find book suggestions for ages 3-9, corresponding activities, and reading tips in English and Spanish.  Check it out and cultivate a lifelong love of reading with your child.

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Story Time with Mama Berenstain at Family Fun Day 2012, provided by Sprout TV.

Fighting Monsters under the Bed

Is your child plagued by a scary monster under the bed?  Take a tip from our Family School staff and make a bottle of No More Monsters Spray!  It’s guaranteed to vanquish even the most stubborn, scary guest.

Materials Needed:
Squirt Bottle
Buttons, plastic beads, pebbles, etc.
Craft Paint (only if your squirt bottle is clear)
Foam paint brush
Stickers, wiggly eyes, sparkly gems, etc.
Glue dots for items without adhesive
Scented oil, non-toxic


  • If your squirt bottle isn’t a solid color, paint the outside of your bottle with a darker craft paint. Let it dry completely. Add some wiggly eyes.
  • Now that your bottle is dry. Time to fill it with the magic! Fill with water, scented oil (not too much, just enough to give it a light scent) and your plastic beads or buttons. The beads give it sound which makes it more magical!


Spray areas you think Monsters like to hide


Parenting Tip: Teaching Social Skills


We all want our kids to “act right” or be on their best behavior. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen by itself — children are not born with manners. We have to teach them to:

  • Follow directions
  • Ask permission
  • Accept “No” for an answer
  • Get someone’s attention (politely)
  • Wait your turn
  • Ask for help
  • Listen to others
  • Say you’re sorry

In every case, the first step is teaching the child to look at the person.

From earliest infancy when we talk, rock and sing to our children, we look into their faces. Our eyes connect and we engage.

We have to keep doing that — looking at our children when we speak to them — so they know we are engaged with them. Try not to get distracted. Focus on your child when you communicate. Be clear and attentive.

Children learn how to engage their parents, and others, by watching us engage with them. All of the skills listed above begin with the lesson of teaching the child to look at the person who is talking, or to look at the person the child wants to talk to. Once the child is fully engaged, the rest comes more easily.

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