learn with your daughters

Explore and learn together with some of these ideas. 

Preschoolers (ages 2-5) Take a trip to your local zoo or museum and get your daughter learning about the world around her. In the Children's Museum of Manhattan, for example, kids can investigate life's everyday mysteries, unraveling how a waterwheel works and why boats float. The Children's Museum also has kids explore the world of Dora the Explorer. Washington, D.C.-based mother Meredith Sumner and her three-year-old daughter visit the Children's Science Museum where they learn about the habitats of animals and go for guided walks outside to learn how to identify those different habitats.

Grade-schoolers (ages 6-10) Sign up for a class with your daughter for some extracurricular fun and learning. Learn a new language, maybe one that is part of your family background. Or pick an instrument that you have always wanted to play, and take lessons together. Then get dressed up and go to the symphony or a concert.

If art is your passion, make regular trips to art galleries and research your favorite artists. You can spend hours looking at art and talking about it with each other. Take a pottery or drawing class together and pick up some art books to learn about art appreciation. Find out what classes are available in your area by visiting your local community centre or library, or talk to your public school about extracurricular activities.

Tween/teen (ages 11 +) An ideal learning activity that strengthens the bond between parent and daughter is a book club. When Shireen Dodson's daughter entered adolescence, the Washington, D.C.-based mother searched for a common interest that would bring them together during the turbulent teenage years. The pair loved to read, so Dodson decided to start a mother-daughter book club. This is also a great idea for father-daughter bonding. Dodson suggests using books as a jumping off point to discuss the issues on the minds of young readers. For more ideas, pick up Dodson's book, The Mother-Daughter Book Club: How Ten Busy Mothers Came Together to Talk, Laugh and Learn Through Their Love of Reading .

Plus, if your daughter is interested in the arts, look for local concerts at churches, community centers or parks for some inexpensive entertainment.

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