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3 Crayons Build Fine Motor Skills

Children develop in a systematic pattern as well as in a sequential pattern. You can think of it as rungs on a ladder. Your child must be firmly set on one step before challenging himself to the next. Fortunately, children’s “learning systems” are already built-in and they will move on when they  are ready. YOUR […]

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Grocery Shopping: School?

Taking your preschooler to the grocery store is a wonderful teaching opportunity! Did you know that grocery shopping with your child provides more learning opportunities than attending a preschool class? Why? #1 – The experience is AUTHENTIC. Grocery shopping is a real life skill. Everyone goes to the grocery store. #2 – They are WITH YOU. […]

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YOU Are A Teacher

To TEACH Definition: teach, verb–to impart knowledge or skill; give instruction. By this definition, YOU are a teacher! You are the FIRST teacher in your child’s life. You immediately started teaching your child as soon as you held your baby in your arms. What were you teaching when you gazed upon your newborn? You were: teaching communication through your […]

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Big to Little; Top to Bottom; Inside Out

Children’s bodies develop in a predictable sequential manner.   Three areas that children’s bodies develop in a predictable sequential order are: From large muscles to smaller muscles From head to toe From inside out From Large Muscles to Smaller Muscles Babies begin to develop their large muscles first. This is professionally termed as Gross Motor Development. That […]

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How Children Learn

One of the best gifts that you can give your child is to provide yourself with the knowledge of how children learn. Without understanding the HOW’s, you won’t get the WHY’s…and the WHY’s are important for understanding your child’s emotions.   So here is the first point to remember when thinking about your child’s development: Children develop sequentially […]

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