Less screen time

Excessive screen time leaves less time for active, creative play. source

time tested homework

Establish a generous deadline for completing homework by age. When the timer goes off, homework time is over. source

Empowering tots

Empower child to make healthy choices about what to eat & how much. Offer option of healthy choice 1 or healthy choice 2 source

Spark creativity

Don’t just label objects, describe them. Talking about how something looks/ tastes introduces new terms and sparks creativity source

Language & development concerns

See your pediatrician as soon as possible if you have concerns about his or her language development, hearing, or sight Source

Free Play

Encourage free play as much as possible. It helps your toddler stay active and strong and helps him develop motor skills. more info

Writing his name

Introduce your toddler to her written first name. As toddlers realize they are individuals, their names take on special meaning more info

Languages and Music

Learning a musical instrument is like learning a new language. Preschoolers are able to learn 2nd language easier than older kids more info

Finger pointing

When your baby points a chubby finger to show you something, she’s reached a language milestone without uttering a word. more info

What to expect

Kids who know what is expected & what they can expect from their world are more likely to develop a strong sense of self.

Simple directions

Children respond better to simple, consistent directions versus lots of words.

Object Labeling

object labeling is the most effective when the parent describes an object that the baby is already focused on

Hand preference

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

Let her do for herself

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

Self Esteem

Involving toddlers in dressing is 1st step towards independence. Also helping self-esteem & promote problem solving. – http://bit.ly/N9kYnd

Exploring writing

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

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.

From: childcareaware.com

reluctant reader tip

Try smart comics for reluctant readers. Some kids get a terrific jump start from comics, which are less intimidating to them than chapter books.

From: YourParentingsSolutions.com

Doing things on your own

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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Learning shapes

A great way to learn shapes is to make cardboard shapes with holes punched on the edges and provide a yarn tipped with tape. Sew alphabets for a good fine motor activity.