Learing A-B-Cs

When kids are learning to speak play word games and say the ABC’s — in fact, singing things like the ABCs is a great way to get them to put the ideas together – kids can often sing songs like their ABCs long before they can use them in any practical sense.

Be involved with education

Being involved in child’s education is extremely important for all kids, especially for kids with speech, language or learning difficulties

Explaining Earth Day

It is important to explain to your kids what Earth Day represents, and what you do as a family; not just one day, but every day to help the environment.

Some examples include… Plant a tree in your yard. Recycle as much as you can. When not at home, keep lights off. Conserve water by not leaving water on when brushing teeth and limiting time in the shower.

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reading activity

If you think your child may be ready for a real reading activity, try this: choose a word which appears several times (such as a name) show it to your child and tell him what it says: can your child find the same word again?

From: childliteracy.com.

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Independence and toddler development

Showing independence is part of normal toddler development and this often includes refusing to eat foods to see what will happen.
From: Better Health Channel

Book Friday: Summer Bridge Activities

The Original Summer Bridge Activities: 2nd to 3rd Grade New activities, new reading lists, updated bonus sections, and a whole lot more to give kids a summer learning experience.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Recite nursery rhymes and sing songs

Recite nursery rhymes and sing songs. Rhymes help develop a young child’s ear for language.

From: RIF.org

Children and technology

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has recognized the importance of “children’s active use of technology in making decisions, technology resources in writing and drawing, and logical thinking programs to solve problems and illustrate ideas.

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Protecting your computer

Guard what’s yours. Children can accidentally delete files, send e-mails, change settings, and more.

With Windows XP or Mac OS X, parents can create separate user accounts for themselves and for their children. That way, a child, once logged in by a parent, would only be able to access specific files and programs.

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Reading problems and school

74% of the children who are diagnosed with reading problems in the 3rd grade, continue with problems into the 9th grade.

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When preschoolers understand the past and future

Preschoolers learn the difference between reality and fantasy. By the end of the preschool years, your child will have a better understanding of past, present and future.

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Vocabulary milestone

By 16 months, your toddler will probably start making many common consonant sounds, such as t, d, n, w, and h. Learning to make these sounds is a watershed event, one that leads to the rapid vocabulary spurt that most children go through starting around 18 months.

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Vocabulary tip

Build your child’s vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects. For example, "Look at that airplane! Those are the wings of the plane. Why do you think they are called wings?"

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Being bilingual

If your toddler is being raised in a bilingual environment, the number of words he can speak will be split between the two languages he’s learning.

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Nurturing young kids

Preschool programs that properly stimulate and nurture a young child’s mind will result in better-prepared children by the time they start school

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Baby toys

Baby Toys are not just your baby’s playing tool, they help a lot in building their overall development. So before buying toys for your child, you should think of its utility and different ways of playing it.

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Nurturing young minds

Preschool programs that properly stimulate and nurture a young child’s mind will result in better-prepared children by the time they start school.

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Handling Eggs for Easter

Everyone should wash their hands in hot, soapy water before and after handling eggs (even if they’ve already been cooked or decorated)!

This protects everyone from any bacteria on the egg, and protects the eggshell from any oils on hands that may make the dye not adhere.

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Transitioning to childcare

The transition to the new childcare setting may go more smoothly if you can take it in small steps. If possible, consider bringing your child in for an hour or two the first time.

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The Food Guide Pyramid

The Food Guide Pyramid for young children (view pyramid) was designed by the US Dept. of Agriculture to promote healthy nutrition in children from the age of 2 – 6 years. It is meant to be a general guide to daily food choices.

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