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

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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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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

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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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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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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