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Laura St. John

Laura St. John is a busy mom of three and an expert in managing technology's use with young children. She is the co-creator of the Discovery Kids Puterbugs technology program. You can follow Miss Laura's interactive tips and advice for parents on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/discoverykidsputerbugs. To learn more of our partnership with Discovery Kids Puterbugs, we encourage you to talk to your school's Director or visit http://www.imaginetomorrow.com/.

by Laura St. John | July 22, 2013 | Child Development

Have a real one-on-one conversation with any preschooler, and you’re in for a treat — kids are soaring with ideas. As a mom, an educator, and an entrepreneur, I wondered: When do kids lose their imagination? And what can we do to foster creative thinking skills at home? 1.  Ask Your Child to Describe His […]

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by Laura St. John | April 19, 2013 | Early Education & Literacy

Save the planet with the help of your kids. Setting a routine is the best way to form healthy, green habits – and it’s never too late to learn a new routine, especially when it comes to teaching your family to become more environmentally responsible. Here are some simple ways we’ve become greener as a […]

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by Laura St. John | March 21, 2013 | Kindergarten Readiness

Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Here’s a quick list of 10 Kindergarten readiness skills and fun tips on how you can boost your child’s learning with the technology you use every day. 1. Hone Fine Motor Skills by Using a Computer Mouse – Using the mouse helps build little muscles in your child’s fingers […]

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by Laura St. John | January 14, 2013 | Child Development

When I was growing up, moms always seemed to have the answers to life’s questions. Now our next generation of kids is turning to the all-knowing Internet. What can we do to keep up? A few weeks ago, my son couldn’t find his favorite jeans. Instead of asking me if I knew where they were, […]

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by Laura St. John | September 10, 2012 | Early Education & Literacy

Learning is best when it’s fun, meaningful – and incognito! With a little help from technology, you can cleverly disguise important school readiness skills to help prepare your child this year. Here are some helpful tech tips to give your young child a jump start on five important early literacy skills they’ll need for school. […]

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by Laura St. John | July 12, 2012 | Child Development

ABC 2.0 – Your Toddler Can Type As parents, we’re proud when our kids learn to sing “A B C D E F G…” But in today’s digital world, we need the Alphabet Song version 2.0. It goes something like this: A S D F G H J K L ; …” What? Semicolon? Yes! […]

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by Laura St. John | March 2, 2012 | Child Development

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. […]

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by Laura St. John | January 10, 2012 | Kindergarten Readiness

Studies show that when technology is used properly, it helps make our kids smarter. So how can it make our kids more prepared for Kindergarten? The answer is right inside our pockets! If your child likes to tap, swipe, and press buttons, then check out these important K-readiness skills your child can easily learn from […]

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by Laura St. John | December 13, 2011 | Early Education & Literacy

Absolutely! Look around. Children are using computers, tablets, smart phones — all the latest technology. You may think your child is only playing game, but look again: you will be surprised to see how much learning is taking place. The Learning Process in the Earliest Years The learning process starts at a young age when […]

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by Laura St. John | November 21, 2011 | Child Development

From Laura St. John @ Discovery Kids Puterbugs Sometimes technology can be frustrating! With all the technology you may be purchasing this holiday season, here are three top tips to avoid “tech tantrums” — you know, those frustrating tech meltdowns we all experience every now and then! 1. Buy Age-Appropriate Games If you were book […]

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