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Whether it is the first or the tenth time, leaving your child overnight often evokes excitement for you, we all need the occasional break, after all, but also guilt and worry (“Will she be OK without me?”). Your 7 or 8 year-old may have the same kinds of feelings.

Children this age are becoming more independent in all aspects of their lives. They are better able to keep track of their belongings and follow through on expectations. Their circle of friends has widened and they require less supervision. Most children love this new found freedom.

But many feel ambivalent. The world is a big place and not all adventures work out the way they had hoped. As a result, 7 and 8-year-olds commonly engage in a “push and pull” with parental attention, needing it immensely at some points and shunning it at others.

This ambivalence can make it tricky to plan an adults only outing. But doing so allows your child a safe tryout into the world of being without you. It allows him to take on additional responsibility on a short term basis, to experiment with coping skills and to deepen bonds with another caregiver.

You can deal with the guilt you may feel by remembering that you are creating learning opportunities for your child. You may also want to choose a close relative as a caregiver, like an aunt, to ease your mind. Provide suggestions for activities to the caregiver, but leave the door open for her to come up with her own spur of the moment plans. Share details about bedtime or other routines in writing. Finally, try to project confidence in your child’s ability to manage without you and in your own ability to manage without her.

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Practice skills related to addition and subtraction as well as chance and probability with these games.

Array Bingo
Players roll the dice and find an Array Bingo card with the same number of dots. Players then turn that card over. The first player to have a row, column or diagonal of face down cards calls out “Bingo!” and wins the game.

Soccer Spin
Players choose a spinner to use during the game. They choose a team to cheer for, checks or stripes. They then predict which team will win based on their spinner. They spin the spinner to check their prediction.

Basketball Addition
The basketball game is played by two teams, each consisting of 3-5 players. The number of points scored by each player in each half is determined by rolling a twenty sided polyhedral die or 3 regular dice and using their sum. The team that scores the greater number of points wins the game.

Hit The Target
Players choose a 2 digit multiple of ten (10, 20, 30…) as a target number. One player enters a starting number on a calculator and tries to change the starting number to the target number by adding a number to it on the calculator. Children practice finding differences between 2 digit numbers and higher multiples of ten.

Television, video games, online games and cell phones are all very appealing to third through fifth grade students. Although, some educational games can help build math or language and reading skills, many kids are getting too much screen time. Elementary kids should have no more than 2 hours of screen time per day. What can you do to limit screen time? Make other fun activities available. If it is nice out go to the park or throw a ball around. Inside, kids can read books, create a project, play a board game or help out with dinner. Elementary kids love to teach younger siblings or friends to recognize letters and colors or tie their shoes. Just make sure that the older student knows that you appreciate the help. Leave your comments below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.