11 Encourage a healthy lifestyle It’s important that your child eat a balanced diet and develop healthy eating habits. Have nutritious foods at home and send healthy lunches to school. Also, insist on a reasonable bedtime hour so that your child will be alert and well rested for school. Elementary children need daily exercise. If your child is reluctant to en- gage in active play, look for alternate activities that require movement, such as dance or water sports. The important thing is that your child is off the couch and moving around. Promote active learning Active learning involves problem solving, exploring personal interests, and asking and answering questions. Participating in team sports, visit- ing museums, and playing a musical instrument are all activities that support active learning. Here are a few ways that you can promote active learning at home. u Spend time listening to and talking with your child. Involve your child in family discussions and ask for your child’s input. u Play games, involve your child in family projects, and turn daily activities such as meal preparation into learning experiences. u Discuss current events, movies, music, and TV shows. Active learning pursuits will help your child grow and develop intellectu- ally.These activities will also help your child be more successful in school. Teach internet safety In the primary grades, children often use the internet at school to do simple assignments, either as guided lessons or as supplementary research. Many children also use the internet at home to connect with friends and family members. All children must be taught how to use the internet safely, responsibly, and effectively. The following tips will give you ideas on how you can help your child enjoy the benefits of technology, while minimizing the risks.