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Child Development

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

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As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, we may find ourselves reflecting more often on how to raise a thankful child. At first glance, parents might think about the social scripts of thank you. 

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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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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 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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Reading & Writing

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

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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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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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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 that last into adulthood. Physical activity also helps children develop large and small muscle skills that form the basis of their ability to be active later. 

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Many children play with writing long before they learn to read. Here are some ways to help your child develop the skills needed for writing. 

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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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Music, Math & More

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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The more parents talk with their child about math at home, the more a child’s mind is stimulated to think about math. Here are five ways to use math talk with your child.

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Young children love to sing, make music, and move to the beat. Here are some tips on how your family can play with music and connect it to learning at home.

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Five common assumptions about children and screens that the research does not necessarily support.

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Young children don't need highly specialized equipment to explore the natural world scientifically. 

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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 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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Even the youngest of children can respond to music and the mathematical principles behind it. Here are three musical elements that relate to math and some suggested activity ideas to try at home. 

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