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by Dr. Heather Wittenberg | August 29, 2011 | Child Development | Kindergarten Readiness

School has started already here in Hawaii, but there’s no aloha in Aiden’s heart. Aiden is a new Kindergartener who started the year with enthusiasm, all ready for his “Big Boy Classroom.”  His first couple of weeks at school were a breeze – he loved his teachers, his classmates and activities.  But all of a […]

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by Learning Care Group | August 25, 2011 | Child Development

Battling back-to-school worries?  This time of year, parents have many questions – from how to transition from a laid back summer schedule to a busy school time routine, to concerns about discipline, behavior, and potty training.  Take a deep breath and take out your calendar.  Join a back-to-school live chat presented by Learning Care Group […]

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by Laura St. John | August 16, 2011 | Child Development

Top Reasons You Should Encourage Your Child to Learn to Use Technology Positive uses of today’s technology can play a meaningful role in shaping your child’s future learning potential. Because a young child’s brain makes new connections each day, the experts at Discovery Kids Puterbugs share interesting information on why there is no better time […]

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by Joan Lessen-Firestone, Ph.D. | August 16, 2011 | Early Education & Literacy

What do children need to know as preschoolers to set them on the path toward high academic achievement? Do the children who know the most letters and letter sounds when they start kindergarten excel in reading later on, or are other kinds of early knowledge more important? Newly published findings from the first nationally representative […]

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by Dr. Heather Wittenberg | August 16, 2011 | Child Development

My son’s preschool teacher prevented a major meltdown the other day; it was a beautiful thing to watch. Two three-year-olds wanted the same toy truck. When she saw them angrily grab for it, she dropped to their level and gently touched their arms to get their attention. “Guys,” she calmly said, “looks like you both […]

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by Learning Care Group | August 16, 2011 | Early Education & Literacy

How to Define — and Support — Literacy The foundational understanding of literacy is that the words we say can be broken down into sounds, which are represented by letters that we write. When other people read these letters, they come together to form words, which build sentences, which create wonderful worlds of stories and […]

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by Sprout | August 16, 2011 | Our Friends

This Fall, La Petite Academy has begun a partnership with Sprout, the first 24-hour preschool channel featuring trusted favorites like “Sesame Street,” plus innovative originals such as “The Good Night Show.” At Sprout, we believe in inspiring parent-preschooler interaction and encourage families to “do it together!” We meet children in their worlds — so from […]

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by Dr. Heather Wittenberg | August 9, 2011 | Child Development

Separation is hard for little kids, since we’re their lifeline. But if you show them that you and their teacher are partners, you’ll go a long way toward building trust and confidence in your child’s new classroom. Teachers and parents together make a powerful team that will boost your child’s success — both academically and emotionally.

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by Pam Schiller, Ph.D. | August 1, 2011 | Kindergarten Readiness

Transitioning into kindergarten can be challenging for children. Children benefit greatly from home support as they enter this new phase of their education. The time and energy you spend helping your child’s first impression to be a positive one is time and energy well spent. Here are a few suggestions that will help make a […]

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