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September, 2014

Movement and learning . . .

As scientists learn more about how the brain works, they find extensive links between movement and learning. No wonder kids move so much! For example, some research has revealed that gesturing and pantomiming speed up the process of learning to talk. They also stimulate intellectual development, enhance self-esteem, and strengthen the bond between parent and …Continue reading

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To discipline effectively, know your child . . .

Knowing your child while he or she is growing is important as you practice parenting. Each child is his or her own little being, and each child will go through developmental stages differently. Effectively providing discipline will be easier if you keep this in mind. For example, toddlers throw tantrums and refuse to share toys, …Continue reading

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Why questions . . .

Why questions are tough questions for young children to answer because they require examination of less-than-obvious origins to wishes, desires, or feelings. Three- or four-year-olds will usually answer why questions in a concrete manner. “Why did you throw your pizza on the floor?” will often be met with “Because I wanted to!” Such a concrete …Continue reading

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Good social skills and reading . . .

Learning, practicing, and acquiring good social skills is an important process. Good social skills include having the ability to grasp another person’s perspective, to create mental models of others, and to understand that the beliefs and intentions of different people may be unlike our own. These skills are referred to as “theory of mind,” and …Continue reading

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