Children are born storytellers and authors. Did you know that even the scribbles and drawings of a child count as writing? Yes! In fact, you’re seeing a writer grow before your very eyes because these are important pre-writing skills. A Scribble a Day Make scribbling and drawing part of every day. In an easily accessible [...]
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Summer Camp Should Be Both Fun And Educational. Over the summer, children can forget up to a third of what they’ve learned during the school year. That’s why we’ve designed Summer Camp to be educational as well as fun. School Readiness Program To keep their minds sharp and to make sure they don’t forget what [...]
Let’s look at different age groups to see how oral language, reading, and writing all add up to create a literate child: Infants: Oral Language: Have conversations with your baby! After you say something, pause and give your baby time to respond. Reading: Read to your infant. Even if babies do not sit and listen [...]
Let your creativity shine! Work with your child to make a name sign for his or her bedroom door or make one for the door to your house with your last name! Find 10 blue things in your house or outside and have your child count them aloud. Separate eight pairs of socks and mix [...]
I love babies. Babies do a lot of adorable things – cooing, smiling, laughing, and snuggling. But there’s something babies can’t do – read. But you’d never know it. We’re surrounded by messages that make us think babies are supposed to be doing “academic” work younger and younger. And that worries us. Are our babies [...]
To “Create A Great Plate,” try these tips from the USDA: Make half the plate fruits and vegetables. Serve plenty of brightly colored fruits and vegetables at meals and snacks. Choose whole fruits (fresh, frozen, canned or dried) more often than juice — whole fruits have more nutrients and less sugar. Offer water instead of [...]
Is Literacy More than Just Reading to My Child? YES! Let’s look at different age groups to see how oral language, reading, and writing all add up to create a “literate” home: Infants: Oral Language: Have conversations with your baby! After you say something, pause and give your baby time to respond. Reading: Read to [...]
Strategies for Successful Learning This is the third and final installment in a three-part series that looks at the learning process. Previous features included “Part One: Create a Safe and Nurturing Environment” and “Part Two: Enable Children to Lead Lessons.” Part Three: Monitoring Your Child’s Progress During each stage of your child’s development, our teachers [...]
The new language isn’t Spanish, or Chinese. Here’s a hint: 010111000011110001111. The new language is digital. Kids today are born into a digital world — my 1-year-old can’t speak English yet, but he’s absorbing every move I make as I interact with my smartphone. It’s no wonder children are fluent in the language of tech. [...]
It’s Important to Find the Time to Go Outside Dear friends and families: When you arrive home today, please do an experiment. Stand outside in front of your home and listen. What do you hear? Do you hear children playing? Unfortunately, the answer is probably no. The fact is that children are not playing outside [...]