Fun facts for children

ANIMAL FACTS: 1.Snakes smell with their tongues. 2. Butterflies don’t have teeth. They eat only liquids, sucking their food up with something like a straw. 3. Horses and cows sleep while standing up. 4. Honeybees have hair all over their bodies, like dogs and cats. Do you think it tickles? 5. Locusts have leg muscles…

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5 ways to get your child active

We all know that children need to be active every day. They are supposed to get 60 minutes of physical activity a day. It sounds an easy goal while reading it, but not so once you get down to implementing it! The key is finding healthy ways to keep them active. 1. Outdoor Sports: A sports class…

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How much exercise does my child need?

How much is enough? Physical activity guidelines for toddlers recommend that each day they: 1. Get at least 30 minutes of structured (adult-led) physical activity. 2. Get at least 60 minutes of unstructured (free play) physical activity. 3. Not be inactive for more than 1 hour at a time except when sleeping. What Kids Can…

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Prime time fun: Alternatives to TV (ages 5 to 8) -10 activities to keep them engaged!

It requires a lot of patience, attention and energy to entertain children between 5-8 years of age. As parents, we want to give our children unconditional love and strengthen the parent-child bond. One of the ways this can be done is by spending more time with them; here are the best 10 activities to do…

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Learning milestones reading and writing: First grade

The number of words your first grader can read and spell increases dramatically during this year. Children can achieve this through lots of practice, at school and at home. Through talking with adults, listening to books read aloud, and discussing everyday experiences, they continue to develop the language skills that help them learn to read…

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Learning milestones: Cognitive Skills- Kindergarten

Kindergarten children are very active explorers of their environment. They are interested in everything and their desire to learn is limitless. Described by Piaget as “little scientists” and by many researchers as “sponges,” they are ready, willing and able to learn. Here are the  20 cognitive milestones for kindergarteners: 1. They know a lot of…

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Learning milestones: Social skills (second grade)

Social skills are important skills for second grade that your child is gaining awareness and a sense of independence. You will notice how your child is gaining more self control over his/her behaviour. 1. Begins to become more self-aware; recognizes strengths and weakness in his abilities. 2. Is gaining more self-control in her behavior and…

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Learning milestones: Language skills (kindergarten)

It’s usual for kindergartners to have tantrums or get upset when things don’t go their way. But what is important is the language skills they must acquire by the end of kindergarten. Language allows them to relive their experiences and to think about them. Here are 20 language skills that every parent could aim at instilling…

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Learning milestones: Social skills (first grade)

The social skills that are important for first grade build heavily on the social-emotional milestones that your child began to develop in kindergarten. The main focus in first grade with relation to social needs is the ability to communicate and interact. Here are 20 social skills thats are vital for first graders: 1. Shows confidence…

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Learning milestones: Second grade: Reading and writing

The road to success for reading and writing can be mapped through the milestones expected for the children for second grade. Keep in mind that kids develop at different paces and spend varying amounts of time at each stage. 1. Making connections: Second graders make connections between what they’ve read and their own experience. The character’s actions…

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