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Many children are fascinated with space, and if your child is not yet interested, let them find out more about it. It's amazing to think of the world we live in as an extremely tiny part of a huge and infinite universe.
The world community works together on space missions nowadays. The current International Space Station has been travelling around the earth for 17 years, and has been visited by people from 17 different nations. There are lots of different space missions happening right now - find out about them here. Scientists from many different countries are discovering important new things that help us understand the future of our earth.
NASA - which stands for The National Aeronautics and Space Administration - is based in the United States of America but scientists from all over the world work there. They have a great website for kids called the NASA Space Place. Have a look to discover information, games and videos. They also have a NASA Kids' Club. These are good websites to start your child's voyage of discovery.
It’s important to encourage whatever reading your child is doing at this age. Children have their own interests and hobbies so they will be more inclined to read information about these subjects. Having comics, papers or magazines around the house will make it easier for your child to get into reading. Your child might find it appealing to read online and you might like that the book can be read by an automated voice. E books can be looked at when you are on the move, making sure that your child is careful with your computer or phone.
Your child might like to read a section of the newspaper or a magazine – the sports, fashion or cooking sections - depending on their interests. They might like to read a short piece from a newspaper and underline facts with a pen and opinion with a pencil. You can then talk about the difference between fact and opinion (there are good examples in sports writing). Encourage your child to read instructions for mending bikes, building models and playing new games.
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