The Homework Machine Activities

Or feel free to look at our calendar for library-wide events. There will be special space-themed crafts in the Story Time Room from am-pm the second Saturday of each month. Saturday, September 14: am-pm Lego Free Play For Families All ages: Everything is awesome!

Story Time at the Park All ages: Sugar Grove Library is visiting Keck Park for an outdoor story time! Build Lego creations and do Lego activities together as a family! Children under age 5 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Instead, of parents asking their overtired kids to do homework they're too young to do independently, families should spent much time talking together about their day.

In fact, conversation is the best way for all of us, especially young children, to learn about our world and cultivate empathy.

Most of us know that developing good habits (and hopefully a love of reading) is critical to doing well at school.

However, homework can actually interfere with the time that kids can spend on reading.

An important part of how young kids' minds develop is through free, self-directed play. D., author of The Power of Play: How Spontaneous, Imaginative Activities Lead to Happier, Healthier Children, free play is critical now more than ever, as recesses are shortened or eliminated, and kids' calendars are busier than ever.

“Through play," Elkind writes, “children create new learning experiences, and those self-created experiences enable them to acquire social, emotional, and intellectual skills they could not acquire any other way."I've heard from countless friends about their daily battles with their elementary-aged kids struggling to do homework, and the way it's negatively affected their relationships.

But even small amounts of additional sleep can have big impacts.

One study found that only 20 additional minutes of sleep can improve kids' grades.

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