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December, 2010

Wrap your mind around New Year’s resolutions . . .

New Year’s resolutions center around changing habits. Regardless of whether you are hoping to ditch an unhealthy habit or adopt a healthy new one, you will need to get your mind involved in your plan. You not only have to be aware of the changes you want to make, you have to practice those changes …Continue reading

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More on reading . . .

Almost any reading is beneficial for your child, though certain kinds of books will be attuned to your child’s level of cognitive development and will therefore grab his or her attention for longer periods of time. The early stages of reading development include: Stage 1: Your child looks at the pictures and graphics in a …Continue reading

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Literacy and the brain . . .

Literacy dramatically changes the brain. When we learn the alphabet, we are learning how to carve speech into foundational components. We are also developing phonemic awareness, which creates a distinction in meaning and facilitates the storage and meaning of speech sounds in memory. Researchers have discovered that even when literate people are only listening to …Continue reading

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Be proactive when managing holiday stress . . .

Heightened feelings of stress are familiar during the holidays because this time of year often includes the extra to-dos of the season, worries about finances, and additional time commitments. The holidays also set the stage for renewing family connections, which can increase tensions associated with the relationships involved. By choosing to be proactive rather than …Continue reading

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Toys, TV, and movies . . .

Great toys are the playthings that invite children to create with a full range of expression. Most toys from the store, often marketed through and based on movies and TV programs, have a “script” that suggests children do one thing over and over again. Children do need and love repetition, but every child also needs …Continue reading

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