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 productive. Hence, 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 conversation

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 puzzle. Teaching the letter first has it’s advantages: 1. Foundation of English Language: The basis of English literacy instruction is knowledge of the alphabet. While it…

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What are phonics, why are they important, and how do I teach them to my child?

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 uses the…

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Rhymes: how do rhymes aid language development?

There’s a sense of nostalgia as memories come rushing back when as parents we hear our children recite rhymes like, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle little star’ or ‘Johny Johny yes papa’. Let’s see how rhymes aid in language development: 1. Awareness of speech sounds: The cadence, rhyme, and repetition of words in nursery rhymes and children’s songs…

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Engaging toddlers in conversation

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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