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Learning & Development

Child Development

Knowing when and how to control impulses is important for school readiness.

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Big Jobs are jobs you can do with children that will help the whole family. They include setting the table, planting flowers, and tidying up. Learn how Big Jobs can lead to big rewards!

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You have a concern about your child’s care and education, how do you handle it? 

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Children need plenty of opportunities to play with a variety of good toys and materials. Learn about the value of good toys and what to think about before selecting a toy for your child.

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Big body play is the very physical, sometimes bone-jarring play style many children love. It's important for children's learning but many adults don't understand it.

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Want to be an active participant in your child's parent-teacher conferences? Here are some useful ideas to help you stay focused on what's best for your child.

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Many of your child’s daily activities can increase muscle strength and coordination and help prepare her for more advanced skills.

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As Halloween approaches adults can watch for children's reactions to potentially scary images and situations

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

 

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Reading & Writing

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

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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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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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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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Sharing a joke is a great way to strengthen family ties. These books and activities will have you and your child laughing together in no time.

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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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How can you encourage your child to love reading, writing, and language so much that he begs for a bedtime story or a trip to the library?

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We all know that it’s good to read to our babies.  But what exactly are they learning? Here are just some of the things your baby can learn as you read together.

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Cooking offers a wonderful way to bring what we learn from books into our daily life.  While cooking we build relationships, engage the senses and develop literacy skills. 

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Music, Math & More

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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Family friendly live performances are a wonderful introduction to the world of performing arts. Here are tips to help children prepare.

 

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Here are 10 tips to make cooking with toddlers easier for everyone.

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, José-Luis talks about his newest album !Come Bien! Eat Right! and the messages he wants to share with families and teachers.

 
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New brain research helps us understand that readiness is not just knowing the academic basics.  It's also confidence in the process of learning. 

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Art projects offer children and families many benefits.  Here are a few tips to help busy families engage in meaningful art projects.

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