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Improving Your Child’s Memory Skills

Tweet There are many ways you can help build your child’s memory at home. Ask him or her what part they liked the best about the story you just read , or what items you bought at the grocery store together. A child’s memory is important in building recognition for people and events, and for problem solving in school and at home.  Without proper memory skills, your child can suffer in school, in play...

ART BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

Tweet One fun way to encourage your child to love to read is to find books that speak to their interests. Non-fiction books offer your child variety and entry into a whole new world.  Books about insects, astronomy, robots, gardening, etc. are all ways in involve your child in a new way while engaging them in reading. In my blog today I want to suggest several art books which I think are great ways to explore the world...

Shoe Box Summer

Tweet  Shoe Box Summer Make a shoe box for each week in the summer. Fill each box with different interesting ideas for projects.   1.    A Writing Box - fill with postcards, stationary, stickers, pens, etc.   2.    A Nature Box - magnifying glass, small zip lock bags for collecting things, rocks, shells, etc. Crayons and paper for rubbings on bark, leaves, etc.   3.    Bubble Box - all kinds of...

Summer Stamping Fun

Tweet Summer Stamping Fun   Materials Needed: Lots of different kinds and sizes of paper in white and/or different colors Washable paints such as Crayola Sponges of different sizes and textures Paint brushes Old buttons, shells, string, leaves, etc. Q-tips Rubber stamps of various designs and/or alphabet stamps Stickers all kinds, sizes or shapes   Directions: Give your child a large work area such as your kitchen...

Encouraging Writing and Young Children

Tweet     One of the best ways to reinforce reading skills is through writing. Graves (1983) wrote children want to write. They want to write from the beginning of school. Before school, he continues, young children write on walls and pavement. Children may seem like they are scribbling, but there is meaning behind it; the children need only be asked what the scribbles mean (Graves, 1983). There are many ways...

Poetry and Young Children

Tweet   April is national Poetry Month and there are many great ways to share poetry with your child. Through poetry you can: Increase your child’s vocabulary Allow for your child’s creative abilities Encourage your child’s self-expression Stretch your child’s imagination Some ways to share poetry with your child are: A.  Read poetry aloud together B.   Have your child dictate a poem to you...