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Child Development

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

 

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Here are ten tips used in the classroom to help infants and toddlers become pro-social that families can also try at home.

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Many parents have questions about whether their child is ready for kindergarten. Don’t forget that it’s important for the school to be ready for your child as well. 

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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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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 need to move their bodies and eat healthy foods. At home, use these quick suggestions to eat well and exercise and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle.

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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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Families can help children develop problem-solving skills by taking advantage of opportunities to talk about solving problems.  Here are some conversation starters.

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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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Reading & Writing

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

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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!

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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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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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Music, Math & More

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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Check out these ideas to learn and explore with mud, and share your mud moments and memories.

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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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Bring the spirit of learning centers into your home with prop boxes filled with materials related to one topic like math or writing.

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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 activity ideas to try at home. 

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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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Children love playdough. Learn how it also supports children socially, creatively, and physically while building literacy, science, and math skills—all at the same time!

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

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

 

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