Excessive screen time leaves less time for active, creative play. source
Establish a generous deadline for completing homework by age. When the timer goes off, homework time is over. source
Empower child to make healthy choices about what to eat & how much. Offer option of healthy choice 1 or healthy choice 2 source
Don’t just label objects, describe them. Talking about how something looks/ tastes introduces new terms and sparks creativity source
See your pediatrician as soon as possible if you have concerns about his or her language development, hearing, or sight Source
Encourage free play as much as possible. It helps your toddler stay active and strong and helps him develop motor skills. more info
Introduce your toddler to her written first name. As toddlers realize they are individuals, their names take on special meaning more info
Learning a musical instrument is like learning a new language. Preschoolers are able to learn 2nd language easier than older kids more info
When your baby points a chubby finger to show you something, she’s reached a language milestone without uttering a word. more info
Kids who know what is expected & what they can expect from their world are more likely to develop a strong sense of self.
Children respond better to simple, consistent directions versus lots of words.
object labeling is the most effective when the parent describes an object that the baby is already focused on
Kids start to show hand preference by 2. By 3, most are consistent in which hand they use to draw & wave. http://bit.ly/OG4Yi4
Resist doing for her what she can do herself. While quicker/easier it won’t help make child more self-sufficient. http://bit.ly/NNHNNM
Involving toddlers in dressing is 1st step towards independence. Also helping self-esteem & promote problem solving. – http://bit.ly/N9kYnd
Allow older toddlers to begin exploring writing instruments (pens, markers and crayons).
Provide them with other toys and activities (e.g., pouring water) that develop the hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill necessary for writing.
From: Zero to three.org
Being outside helps children grow and develop – physically, socially, and emotionally.
It may also help them avoid childhood obesity, and give them the chance to burn some of that extra energy from being indoors and inactive.
Try smart comics for reluctant readers. Some kids get a terrific jump start from comics, which are less intimidating to them than chapter books.
Some of your child’s most meaningful learning experiences will come when she tries things out on her own. Let her experiment some. Be close, but don’t hover.
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