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Learning & Development

Child Development

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

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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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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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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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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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Reading & Writing

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

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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

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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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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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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Preschoolers have an insatiable need to explore and understand things that adults might overlook. As marine biologist Rachel Carson said, children need an adult who can share this joy of discovery with them.

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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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