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Child Development

Resources from a number of educational organizations about how to talk to children after a tragedy, the psychological impact, and tips for dealing with what children learn from the media.

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 With a little observation and a few notes, you can start to better understand your child's behavior.  Here's how. 

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Enjoy discussing the questions your child asks. Encourage her to share her perspective and observations.  

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When families and teachers work together, kids win! Here are four things that kindergarten teachers want you know. 

 

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Sleep is critical to children’s everyday functioning, and as a parent you play a critical role in helping your child establish healthy sleep habits. 

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With these elements, play provides children with rich experiences, even long after children are grown.

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Curiosity, problem solving, and persistence are just a few approaches to learning that children develop through play.

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Rather than expecting an immediate change in your child's behavior, think about behavior as a developmental process that takes time to master. Let’s consider how positive guidance might look as children grow and learn over time.

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Why do young children bite?  Ideas and strategies for responding appropriately to this behavior.

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There are lots of ways to use the rain to your advantage and create authentic water play experiences for your children. Here are a few!

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Reading & Writing

Physical activity is important for the health and well-being of children.  Not only does staying active help children keep fit, but it helps children form active habits!

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When is the last time you talked to a children’s librarian? If it’s been a while, this is a great time to strike up a conversation. You’ll be surprised at the innovative activities, programs, and services children’s librarians offer young children, and families.

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Young children learn to think in new ways when they imagine, guess, describe, and wonder. Engage your child's curiosity with these books. 

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A powerful way to interest young children in reading books is to make books about their routines, life events and vacations. 

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As children listen to poetry, they hear rhythms, sounds, and language patterns important for literacy development. 

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When you talk to your child, you support her language development. Think of what you are saying from your infant or toddler’s point of view.

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When you read with your child, you cozy up with him and a good book because it’s fun. The time spent together is irreplaceable.

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Observation is an important science skill that includes far more than simply looking at an object.  Here are nine picture books that you can read with children to help sharpen these skills.

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Each young child is unique, with a wide range of interests and abilities. The characters in these stories are a little bit different, but all find ways to stay true to themselves.

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There are many ways to enjoy reading with your child. Here are a few ways to make reading a fun part of your everyday life.

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Music, Math & More

June 29th is International Mud Day but you can play and learn with mud all year long!  Check out these ideas to learn and explore with mud, and share your mud moments and memories.

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 Those of us who have small toddler helpers may not have the loveliest veggies to show for it, but we have learned some important lessons along the way. Here are some tips.

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Go for a nature scaventure hunt. Follow an ant trail.  Observe a tree throughout the seasons.

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Preschoolers aren’t yet ready to memorize multiplication tables, but that doesn’t mean they cannot learn and explore math concepts. Try these ideas at home to help your preschooler explore math.

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Tips for how to keep things fun as you encourage your child to explore math.

 

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When you sing to your baby she learns listening skills, new words, and so much more. Here are 10 ways babies learn when we sing to them.

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Developmentally appropriate? Scaffolding? Your child’s teacher might use language other educators understand but may be new to you.

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Six fun and simple activities to support your child's math readiness.

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Looking for ways to support your child’s learning during the holiday season?  Here are 10 ideas that you can try during your regular activities – cooking, eating, playing, and exploring!  

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Parents make creative decisions daily using their best instincts. Here are some  tips that might help when making technology decisions for your child. 

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