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Language skills for kindergartners

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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Social skills for first graders

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 that have been vital for first graders: 1. Shows…

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Reading and writing: Second grade

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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How to tell if your child is happy at school?

“I don’t want to go to school today!”, could be what your toddler might tell you on a Monday morning followed by crying, protesting and clinging. Often these symptoms coupled with ‘faking sickness’ could be one of the reasons to believe that your child may not be happy at school. Let’s find out ways to…

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Guide to great playdates for big kids

Gone are the days when your child would be occupied with a single box of toys! As the children get older, it becomes increasingly difficult to make their free time productively. Hence, a playdate is a suitable option which allows you some ‘me’ time as well. Older kids have an increasing need to form social connections…

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Engaging toddlers in conversations

Your toddler’s language will start to ‘explode’ soon, although your child has been learning about words, sounds and back-and-forth conversations since birth. To develop language and conversation skills, toddlers need many opportunities to talk with each other, an adult, one on one and in groups. It’s a cumbersome task to engage toddlers in conversation throughout…

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What grammar topics should my child know by grade 2?

Grammar is a vital aspect of language, especially for younger children. At any stage, it is of utmost importance as communication can be misunderstood without the proper use of grammar. Hence, whether is basic nouns or verbs or even using punctuation accurately. The concepts and skills attained are beneficial at every age. Curriculum for Grammar…

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Bullying: How can I as a parent help my child?

        Signs to watch for if you think your child may be being bullied You may be unsure if your child is involved in a bullying incident. He or she could be acting as a bully, being bullied or upset because they have seen others behaving badly. If you suspect that your…

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Shy at school? How do I get my child to participate?

A shy child is one who is nervous in the company of others. It’s vital to stress on the fact that shyness is a personality trait and not a fault. As parents, we must avoid labeling the child shy. Understanding this is half the battle won! There’s nothing wrong with shyness. A shy child often…

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Alphabets or phonics first?

As parents, we often find ourselves at the roadblock of teaching alphabet letter names or sounds first. Learning the alphabet is an essential piece of learning how to read a puzzle. Teaching the letter first has its advantages: 1. Foundation of English Language: The basis of English literacy instruction is knowledge of the alphabet. While…

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