Encouraging Your Child To Write

Written by ShowKidsTheFun

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Letter-writing: Have your child write a letter to Santa,repparttar Easter bunny, orrepparttar 146196 Tooth Fairy. Or, your child could write to their favorite athlete, fictional character, or movie star.

Alphabet Game: Take a piece of paper and writerepparttar 146197 letters A-Z inrepparttar 146198 left column. Then, choose a category fromrepparttar 146199 following or make up one of your own. Vegetables, Fruits, Animals, Musical Instruments. For older children,repparttar 146200 categories can be narrower and more difficult, like Countries, Characters in Literature, Presidents, etc. Set a timer and you and your child both list as many ofrepparttar 146201 items inrepparttar 146202 category as you can for each letter. The trick atrepparttar 146203 end is that you have to cross off anything on your list that your child has listed. (for instance, if you both have "apple" for an "a" fruit, thenrepparttar 146204 parent crosses theirs off.) Whoever hasrepparttar 146205 most words wins.

Character Game: Tell your child to pick a character from a book or movie that he's familiar with, and you dorepparttar 146206 same. Then, ask several questions and you each writerepparttar 146207 answers torepparttar 146208 questions on a piece of paper. When you've finished askingrepparttar 146209 questions, then have your child readrepparttar 146210 answers and try to guess who he was pretending to be. You dorepparttar 146211 same and see if your child can guess who you were. Whether you are pretending to be Peter Pan or Shrek, you and your child will have fun and your child won't even realize he's practicing his writing!

Visit www.ShowKidsTheFun.com (link to http://www.showkidsthefun.com) and Free Online Preschool Themes (link to http://www.showmomthemoney.com/homeschooling.asp ) for more fun ideas to spend time with your children.

Birthday Video - Turn Your Child's Party Video Into A Music Video

Written by Mike Dougherty "Grandpa Mike"

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Now start your music video with a simple but creative title like “Mary’s 6th Birthday Party” with a sub title related to your birthday theme like “A Royal Celebration.”

Fromrepparttar title you can use a wipe to your first shot. Try to keep your shots about 5 seconds long. That will keeprepparttar 146133 music video moving nicely without being too fast and visually annoying. Also try to edit your footage together to tellrepparttar 146134 story of your party rather than just randomly mixing everything together.

Titles within your music video can also be fun. A title leading into some party game footage might read “Extreame Musical Chairs” or “Time To Pop The Balloons.”

As you edit your footage together, take a minute and previewrepparttar 146135 entire video fromrepparttar 146136 beginning. This will help you to get a better feel forrepparttar 146137 overall pace. You might need to slow things down or speed then up. Check your video fromrepparttar 146138 top at least every 30 seconds just to make surerepparttar 146139 video is coming togetherrepparttar 146140 way you want it to.

Give yourself a little song time atrepparttar 146141 end to add your closing titles. Give yourself a screen credit, your “party producer”, and of course this video stars your birthday child.

Atrepparttar 146142 very end of your credits you can have a little fun by cutting to one last silly shot.

If you don’t have access to a video editor, take a quick look at


Your Birthday Video - Music Video "World Premiere"

After you've edited your music video together it's time for your world premiere. Why not invite all your party guests and parents over for a private screening? Make some popcorn and have some fun.

Years From Now

Imagine some years from now when you and your child sit down to watch their birthday video together. You'll both be very happy you made this fun video out of all that precious footage.

And as even more years pass, you might just get to watch your treasured family keepsake DVD with your grandchildren.

Mike Dougherty is a video editor and regional Emmy award winning videographer. Mike is now the webmaster for http://fun-kid-birthday-parties.com and the movie themes site http://best-dvd-movie-club.com

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