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Learning & Development

Child Development

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

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

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Your child comes home every day with stories to tell and questions to ask.  Here are some tips for sharing meaningful conversations to support his learning.

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Children come to kindergarten from a wide variety of experiences, so expecting them all to know and be able to do the same things is unrealistic.

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Here are some tips to guide your child through the move from preschool to kindergarten.

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

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

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

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

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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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Reading & Writing

Flash cards emphasize memorization but complex langauge is what's important.

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Writing a story with your child can help illustrate where they are going, who they will meet, and how children are expected to behave at school. 

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Many families are familiar with classic books like Goodnight Moon and read them over and over with their very youngest children. Here are some more recent titles and reissues you and your baby will both love.

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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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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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Books, activities, and ideas as you and your child explore and observe nature together.

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

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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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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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Ideas to find inexpensive books and surround children with a variety of books to encourage a love of reading. 

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Music, Math & More

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

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Read about ways to offer children art experiences that support creativity, enjoyment of art, development, & more.

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Almost anything your child does indoors can be an outdoor activity too, and family time outdoors is beneficial for everyone! 

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June 29th is International Mud Day, but you can celebrate mud year round! Check out these ideas to learn and explore - plus share your mud moments and memories.

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Sharing your passions with your child can be a wonderful way to explore a special interest together. When you care about cooking, tennis, hiking, creating videos, or any other subject, your child picks up on that interest.

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Family walks provide wonderful opportunities to explore the mysteries of light and shadows. Your child can learn how to make shadows bigger and smaller and observe how shadows move. 

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

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

 

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These days many people are learning how to protect the environment and save energy. Try these ideas to set a positive example and help your child learn how to take care of the world!

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