Phonological Awareness Is phonological awareness a new term for you? I’ve heard of phonetics, but I must say, this was certainly a new term for me. So, I did like I normally do when I see a new term; I researched it. With the constant improvements made in Early Childhood Education, phonological awareness is definitely something we all need to know. The literacy goals now are to have a child read well by third grade. Phonological awareness is one tool to help educators reach that goal. Let’s learn more about it. Phonological awareness is a child’s awareness of the sound
National Random Acts of Kindness Day Today, February 17th, is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Are you looking for things to do with your children? How about a little help?? Children absolutely love doing kind things for people. Nothing puts a smile on their face quicker than doing something for someone. Children naturally want to make people smile. It’s good for the soul! Here is a list of 100 random acts of kindness you can do with your child. Have fun with it. Make it a game… how many random acts of kindness can you do in one day??
Talk With Me Baby Did you know that 85% of brain growth occurs during the first three years of life? That’s an interesting fact, don’t you think? I recently learned the term “language nutrition”. What does that mean? It means healthy, loving words that feed a growing child’s brain and encourages neurons to grow and connect. We all talk to our babies but Talk With Me Baby (TWMB) is a relatively new concept that is inspiring children to read by third grade. How exciting is that? So, how do we get started? What do we need to do? Let’s take
Social Studies with Preschoolers The smell of apple pie baking, walks in the woods, a song on the radio, a Christmas ornament, holiday traditions… these are all things that trigger family memories. But, did you ever consider that social studies with preschoolers is a great lesson? Passing on those memories helps your child learn their history. Where they came from, what their heritage is, what life was like for their ancestors; children have many questions and social studies is a great place to answer them. Family A preschooler quickly learns who is in their home. They know its Mommy, Daddy,
Math for Infants to Age Five “If you trust play, you will not have to control your child’s development as much. Play will raise the child in ways you can never imagine.” ~ Vince Gowmon By the time we reach adulthood we have forgotten what it was like to learn with the excitement and enthusiasm of a child. We take for granted the colors and shapes around us. We have known them for so long. They are just there, just everywhere, a part of our daily lives for as long as we can remember. But, to a child being introduced
Stone Soup – A Lesson through the Ages “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou Today, I was reminded of a lesson from years ago. It was a story told in my oldest son’s kindergarten class. Even now, after having heard the story many times, it always takes my mind on a gentle journey pausing momentarily to remember with great fondness the times in my life when large groups of family, friends, co-workers, came together to do something grand… help someone in need. Once, I’ve returned from the trip down memory lane, I think about
Painting with Infants and Toddlers Have you ever been painting with your older children and look up to see your infant sitting in the bouncer or high chair just staring in amazement and wanting to join in? Well, don’t leave baby out of the fun! But wait a minute, you think it’s not safe… baby will get the paint in their mouths as they try to eat it. No worries!! There are many ways to make safe paint with the food we eat for painting with infants and toddlers! Now, baby can join in and make it even more fun… for
Halloween Safety Tips The internet is filled with Halloween Safety Tips, but have you ever Googled Halloween statistics? The results definitely make you pause for the cause! Every parent is concerned about the safety of their child on Halloween. And, there is every reason to be concerned! Take a look at some of these statistics. Statistics Children are twice as likely to be injured in a traffic accident on Halloween. Logic tells you that makes 100% sense as it is this night that more children are near the roads/streets. It, however, doesn’t make the fact any less scary! Do you