Creating Routines for Love and Learning

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For most of us, our lives involve a series of patterns—routines we perform almost every day, like stopping at the same place each day for coffee on the way to work. This is also very true for babies and toddlers. While we play a part in creating routines in our children’s lives, we may not fully realize the role they play in young children’s development. Routines and Self-Control Routines help babies and toddlers learn self-control. Consistent routines, activities that happen at about the same time and in about the same way each day, provide comfort and a sense of safety ... More

Listening Games for Kids

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How many times have you said something, and it clearly didn’t register with your child because YOU hear... “Oh, I didn’t hear you” “I wasn’t listening, what did you say?” “I didn’t hear you say that!!” And you get frustrated, and think to yourself “Why aren’t they listening?!!?” Sometimes, kids need practice to improve their listening skills. As always, the best way to practice is by playing games. Here are several fun ways to work on listening with kids - these can work for home or for school. Telephone A classic game for working on listening. Start with one sentence, and ... More

Why You Should Encourage Listening Skills

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You might think listening is an automatic response, and it’s true it can be hard to shut out the noise of the world around you, but effective listening is about processing the sounds and responding appropriately to the cues. Effective listening is an essential skill for learning and it’s something you can help your child develop. The Advantages If your daughter learns to listen well, she’ll be better at gathering, analyzing, storing and retrieving information. She’ll be more able to use that information to make the intuitive leaps needed to understand what’s being taught at school. Her language and communication ... More

Kindergarten Readiness: The 10 Traits Successful Kids Have In Common, From A Kindergarten Teacher

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As a kindergarten teacher, I’d like to share a few observations of children who successfully transition to school. Beginning kindergarten is a huge rite of passage that looms large for most children and their parents. Children are excited to join the world of older students who attend elementary school. Parents are often understandably emotional about their child’s transition to formal schooling, and perhaps a bit nervous about their child’s readiness for what will be required of them in the classroom. With kindergarten registration season approaching, parents may wonder how to best prepare their young children for entering kindergarten in a ... More

10 Ways to Prepare Your Child for School

Banish first-day jitters for your child and for yourself! Starting school can be a difficult time for children. Every child is hesitant to go somewhere new and see people she's never met before. Here are some helpful ways to prepare your child for her first day of school: 1. Let your child know what his schedule will be like. Tell him what time school begins and ends each day. 2. Ask your child about her feelings -- both the excitement and the concerns -- about starting school. 3. Visit the school with your child to see his new classroom and meet his new teacher before ... More
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