Entries by Kas Winters

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The Fun and Art of Pumpkin Decorating

Pumpkin carving, painting, or decorating is one of those activities that can bring family members of all ages and description together for fun. Other groups of people such as teachers or leaders with students, scouts, teams, or specialty classes can have a good time decorating pumpkins too. It fun, a little messy, and can teach safety with using sharp tools, give the opportunity for creativity and pride of one’s work, and allow for memorable conversations between participants.

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Kas Winters Easy Ways to Teach a Child to Read

Reading is a key to learning both in school and in every day life. It is important for employment and essential for gathering information. The best part is that it really can be fun! Whether you have a beginning reader or an avid student, this is an activity that can bring parent or grandparent and child together in a special way while preparing a child to succeed in any arena. Click here for the full article.

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The Arizona Monsoon

Discover the rain! We haven’t seen much of it for a while, and as long as there is no lightning, it’s fun to walk and dance in the rain. Use a raincoat if you choose, carry an umbrella, or just get wet! It’s warm enough that “wet” can feel pretty good. If children are indoors or riding in a vehicle, they can have raindrop races by choosing raindrops at the top of a window and watching to see which one(s) get to the bottom of the window first. That’s the kind of simple fun that doesn’t take time or work from parents.

Some other things happen when it rains in the desert. Roads become streams and paper
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Kas Winters Celebrate Fathers

Children and adults can both celebrate dads. If dad is available, take him out to dinner, have a bar-b-q, watch a sports game together or spend time enjoying a favorite activity of his, with him. (This might be as simple as a game of catch, playing music on an instrument, puttering to fix something, or tending a garden together.) Time spent with one another, where conversations happen is the key to making it special. Share special memories you have about time spent with your father. Thank him for all he’s done for you over the years. Click here for the full article.

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School s Out

After the initial excitement of the end of the school year, many students find a less structured schedule leads to being bored or spending all of their time texting or being involved with electronic activities, games, or passive entertainment in one way or another. Here are some ways to entice them to spend some time more creatively and have an enjoyable summer that develops their imaginations. Click here for the full article.

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Teach Children to Benefit from Failure

The feeling we get when we fail at something is not usually a happy one. Often the first response of a parent is to try to “make it better” for a child. In society today, we’ve gone as far as making sure that “every” child wins and gets a prize. That does two things. First it diminishes the sense of accomplishment for those who have actually accomplished the goal. Second, those who really did
not “win” usually know it inside. Click here for the full article.