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Child Development

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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Young children need support as they say goodbye to parents and family and start their day at child care. Use these tips to help your child transition into the classroom. 

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Starting school can be scary and exciting. Here are some ideas to help prepare both you and your child for kindergarten.

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When they pretend, children use props and clothing--and their imagination. Halloween costumes are often very specific in their design, so there may be less room for creativity. 

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Most families with young children welcome outdoor fun and sunny days! But before your family takes off for the parks and playgrounds, here are some sun safety tips.

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By: Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olson Edwards

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Many of your child’s daily activities can increase muscle strength and coordination and help prepare for more advanced skills.

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Big body play is the very physical, sometimes bone-jarring play style many children love. It's important for children's learning but many adults don't understand it.

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Here are three tips to help families navigate the Individualized Education Program process.

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Los niños practican y refuerzan su aprendizaje en diversas áreas durante el juego. Jugar les proporciona el lugar y el tiempo para aprender, lo cual no se puede lograr rellenando una hoja de trabajo. 

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Music, Math & More

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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Every walk is an opportunity for children to learn about the natural world because there is always something new to explore.  

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Children develop math concepts and skills very early in life. How we talk with infants and toddlers about math ideas like more, empty, and full—matters.

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By Laura Grandau

“Did you see that?” four -year-old Ilyana asks as she points to a squirrel high on a branch. “That squirrel ran so fast and climbed so high!”

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Math knowledge is useful for all of us—from children to adults—in all aspects of our lives. When parents and teachers get excited about math, then children get excited about math

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Bath time is perfect for exploring math with your young child! Not only do you have each other’s full attention, but the learning can be hands on, playful, and messy.

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Children are natural scientists. They are curious, love to explore, and ask a lot of questions. But you don’t have to have all the answers! Help your child develop the skills needed to think like a scientist, which will allow him or her to understand increasingly complex science concepts.

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Looking for engaging ways to weave math into the day? You might find just what you’re looking for in your home or local library. Many children’s books are perfect for introducing and reinforcing math concepts.

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