Working the mind in youngsters

Puzzles and shape sorters are great for toddlers 18+ months old.

Learning numbers and letters

Purchase alphabet letters and numbers for your fridge. Expose your child to letters as often as possible.

Choose engaging books

Picture books with flaps or different textures to touch keep hands busy.

Advocating for your child

Always be child’s advocate, but never become the teacher’s adversary. If you feel child has been wronged, defend her. Call the teacher, have a conference to work things out

Staying involved with schooling

Take time to meet each teacher and be sure they have your contact information and you have theirs if there are any concerns regarding your child.

What did you learn today?

Ask child to teach you something she learned in school today. People remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see.

Developing a good sense of hearing

Music created especially for babies helps develop their sense of hearing, concentration and even speech

Reading is important

Help your child see that reading is important. Set a good example for your child by reading books, newspapers and magazines.

Getting the most out of reading to a child

Read with expression, pitching your voice higher or lower where it’s appropriate or using different voices for different characters.

Experience Autumn with your Child

Talk about the trees & the different colors they are turning. Collect leaves and tell your child in simple terms why they are falling off

Evaluating ADHD

Until the last few years, many school systems were reluctant to evaluate a child with ADHD. But recent laws have made clear the school’s obligation to the child suspected of having ADHD that is affecting adversely his or her performance in school.

Establish a homework routine

Establish a homework routine. Decide with your child on a time each night to do homework and stick to it. Kids like knowing when things will happen, rather than being caught off guard.

Acquiring new skills

Toddlers have a greater ability to acquire new skills and information than children who are 5, 6, or 7 years old.

Research indicates that introducing reading, language, and math skills in the toddler years may make school success come more easily to your child for years to come.

Have a special place for reading

Create a quiet, special place in your home for your child to read, write and draw. Keep books and other reading materials where your child can easily reach them.

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