1. Notice the types of activities in which your children become engaged. Think of related and challenging activities that you could do with your child. Can you think of any experiments or exploration you could engage in together?
2. The next time your child gets into a fight or argument with another child, try to help both children express their negative emotions and say what they feel like doing to the other child, instead of doing it. Give the children the opportunity to find a way to resolve the dispute instead of deciding yourself how they can make amends.
3. Work on "active listening" with your child by sitting down and looking at her when she is talking. Pay attention to your reaction. If you find yourself judging what your child says, try to stop yourself and rephrase your comments.
4. Set up a pretend school environment at your kitchen table and encourage your child to be one of his teachers or one of his classmates. Ask questions that help your child consider different scenarios or activities that could occur at school and how teachers and children would react. If you have more than one child, encourage them to change roles with each other.