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

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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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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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Reading & Writing

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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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Want to foster your child’s love of reading? There’s something special about reading the latest issue of a favorite magazine.

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Try these stories and warm weather activities! They focus on playing outdoors, cooling off in the water, and visiting relatives. 

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An interview with the picture book author about children's books and why reading aloud to children is so important.  

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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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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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Music, Math & More

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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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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A continuación incluimos algunas sugerencias que les ayudarán a guiar a sus hijos durante la transición de preescolares a kindergarten.

 
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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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