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August, 2010

Preschool . . .

Preschool is one way to gently introduce children to a school setting. When school is viewed as inviting and tempting, a love of learning is more likely to develop. Preschool is appropriately a time for children to explore, feed their curiosity, take initiative, and build a sense of competence and self-esteem. It is not the …Continue reading

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The development of inhibition . . .

Inhibition is that little voice that reminds us we might need to forego what we want right now in the interest of our long-range or larger goals. The brains of babies and young children have yet to develop this little voice of inhibition, which means they can and do act impulsively. Their lack of inhibition …Continue reading

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The importance of symbolic expression . . .

Your child’s transition to pretend play (“Let’s pretend . . .”) and spoken language is a significant developmental milestone. As your toddler relaxes his reliance on the physical, tangible world and begins to imagine things in his mind, he can connect and replay experiences that have occurred in the past or under different circumstances. Mentally …Continue reading

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Child care . . .

Child care comes in many forms. Sometimes a relative provides care for a child, and sometimes it is a person outside of the family. A child might receive individual care or be part of a group, and the setting might be in a home—the child’s, a relative’s, or a day-care provider’s—or a center. One or …Continue reading

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