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Inexpensive Fieldtrips for You and Your Child
Created by: Dr. Felecia Nace, Office of Family and Community Relations
New Jersey Department of Education

School Bus

There is no need to wait for a school field trip for your child to enjoy educational experiences outside the classroom.  You can provide your child with quality field trips for free.  Start by thinking about neighborhood places of interest that you can visit.  For example, if you live near a canal, that’s a good opportunity to teach children about different bodies of water like the difference between a canal, a lake, a river, and an ocean.  You can also research facts about the canal to share with your child – like the fact the body of water they pass by each day was once used as a way to transport goods from city to city and from state to state, much like highways are used today.

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Ways to Support School Readiness
Written by: Dr. Felecia Nace, Family and community Relations Office
New Jersey Department of Education

Math blackboardSince it is estimated that many future jobs will be in the medical, engineering, and other related fields, then making sure children show strength in mathematics skills is important.  However, this does not mean that we should pay less attention to reading and writing skills. Reading and writing skills, along with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), all need to be developed in order to create competitive students for future college and career choices.  One of the best ways families can help build skills in children is through meaningful learning, which is an opportunity to show children how they will use the knowledge and skills they learn in school in everyday life.

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Children Getting the Most out of Computers
Created by: Dr. Felecia Nace, Family and Community Relations Office
New Jersey Department of Education

Computer

Technology skills are important in developing children for college and career. A computer holds a wealth of knowledge that can help children learn, but it also contains incorrect and inappropriate information.   If you want your child to get the most out of the time he or she spends on the computer, one thing you can do is set aside some ‘family computer time.’  This could be a good time for families to get together and research topics that children in the household want to know more about.

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Why Children Benefit From Reading a Variety of Books
Written by: Dr. Felecia Nace, Family and Community Relations Office,
New Jersey Department of Education

Books

Reading is an important part of a child’s learning process.  Reading is a way for children to make connections between what they already know and what they read about in books.  These connections help children understand the world around them.  In addition, through books, children are exposed to characters and cultures that they may not otherwise interact with in real life.

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