Fun activities for you and your ninth grade student
  1. Ask your child about his day at school every day.
  2. Be involved in the school in as many ways as possible.  Ask about volunteering.
  3. Communicate with your child's teachers via email on a regular basis.
  4. Be involved in your child's school work and assist as needed.
  5. Set ground rules for homework/study times.  Help your child form good study habits.
  6. Discuss current events with your child and ask their opinions. 
  7. Make tonight a 'No TV' night with your family. Ask your child to help select games or stories, and spend some quality time with him/her.
  8. Help boost your child's self-esteem. Take pride in his/her achievements and accomplishments today and every day.
  9. Put on a history play with your child. Help him/her learn about important events in world history or even your own family history.
  10. Ask your child to help make dinner. He can pick a spot in the park so that you can share dinner together.
  11. Go to the park and take a nature hike with your child today. Ask him/her to point out different animals and what they need to survive (i.e. food, shelter etc.)
  12. School's on the way! Help your child make a 'countdown to school' calendar. Ask him/her to cross off each day at bedtime.
  13. Encourage your child to make a 'to do' list today. Help make a list of things that he/she would like to accomplish tomorrow, then check the items once completed.
  14. Visit a community pool with your child today. Go for a dip to cool off on a hot day.
  15. Take your child shopping for school supplies. Ask her to brainstorm a list of things that she will need for school.
  16. Teach your child about recycling. Show her how to recycle items such as paper, glass and aluminium.
  17. Visit the library with your child today. Encourage him/her to borrow books about a different country, and learn about the people, cultures, and customs of the that country.
  18. Teach your child about the importance of preserving nature. Help him plant a tree in the yard and explain how littering harms the environment.
  19. Make car trips fun for your child. Play a game and ask him to point out license plates billboards and interesting road signs.
  20. Tell your child that you love him/her today and every day.
  21. Help your child create and design his own phone book . Make a list of his friends names and phone numbers.
  22. How much does your child know about her family history? On a map trace where your family is from and help her create a family tree.
  23. Help your child write a letter to a grandparent or friend today. Explain the importance of keeping in touch with loved ones.
  24. Get your child back in 'school mode'. Ask him to research a famous painter on the Internet. Get out the paint and let him express himself through art.
  25. Encourage your child to make journal entries and keep track of her experiences in a new grade this coming school season.
  26. Help your child prepare for school. Talk to him about setting personal goals this year.