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Parents who do not speak English: how can I raise a bilingual child?

As a parent one of challenges one can face is raising a bilingual child. Learning a language is a skill. And, as with any other skill such as learning to play an instrument or a sport, practice is vital. Raising bilingual children is a lifelong journey. Providing our children ways to boost their language skills…

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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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Brain development activities for toddlers

At birth, your child already has almost all of the neurons they’ll need for the rest of their lives, even though their brains are only 25% the size of an adult brain. At just three years old, your child’s brain will be about 80% the size of an adult brain. Toddlers learn things more quickly…

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Shy child? How to help your child participate and talk more?

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…

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Improving spoken English: 10 tips that work!

1. Reading a habit: Parents can begin with making reading a habit for their toddlers. At a specific time such as ‘bed time’ the child and parent read together. While a child snuggles to their parent, the warmth and coziness makes them enjoy the book and concentrate better. This expands vocabulary which surely improves language….

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Raising a toddler who doesn’t share

5 Creative activities that promote sharing: 1. Co-operative art: Your toddler and his friend get paper plates to decorate. They can make a face with the materials provided. Place decorative craft materials such as feathers, pom poms, and yarn on several small plates for the children to share. To encourage children to pass items to each other,…

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9 Tips to raise a reader

If they are able to foster this in their children then they are more likely to learn the mechanics of reading—like letter sounds and how to blend them. With screen time slowly taking centre stage, more effort and creativity is required to develop your child’s love for books.     Make it a habit: Parents…

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How to teach your child the alphabet?

Teaching the alphabet lays the foundation for reading and writing. While his/her little hands get strengthened with other activities, there will come a day when you will have to teach your little one the letters. By the age of 2 or 3, children begin to show interest in learning the alphabet. While some kids learn…

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What are phonics and why are they important?

Phonics very simply put is using letter sounds to help you read words. Most schools use phonics to teach reading. Research shows that teaching reading through phonics enables a child to read at a faster pace. Children at school begin developing their listening skills through the sound of words. Building words from sounds use the sounds…

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Why is art important in early childhood?

Play is the way children discover themselves- starting with their fingers, toes and gradually their whole body, mind and emotions. Play is an important part of childhood and art is one such form of play. Art is a language that allows us to express and develop our ideas and emotions; artistic activities are full of…

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