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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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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 the 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…

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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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Secrets for teaching the toddler to share

“Sharing is caring,” it’s a phrase that we parents have grown up listening to and often pass it on to our children. Children follow from those around and pick up cues from the adults they witness in their immediate environment. As parents, we must respect their need and desires and acknowledge the same. 5 tips…

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10 cognitive toys for cognitive development

1. Primo toys cubetto coding toy There’s currently a strong educational focus on teaching children coding, and as a result, lots of new toys, apps, and games are available to encourage and assist with this. The Cubetto is a premium product, but it’s teaching children the basics of coding in a simple, age-appropriate, playful way. Montessori-approved…

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Increasing the vocabulary of a toddler

1. Reading: Pick the right books wherein there are a lot of pictures and words that build knowledge. You will be astonished at your toddler recognizing a bird and its various types such as toucans, eagles, budgies and more. Parents must focus on reading the right way. Read through every page and allow the child…

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How do I teach my child to spell?

Here are some fun ways to teach a child how to spell: 1. Memory Game: Create a double set of word cards and play a game of ‘Spelling Word Memory’ This is done by spreading out the cards facing down and then taking turns flipping two cards at a time to find a pair. 2….

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What are sight words and why are they important? How do I teach my child sight words?

What are sight words? Sight words are high-frequency words which appear frequently in our reading and writing. Ideally, your child should be able recognize, read, and understand them almost immediately upon seeing them.  When it is applied to early reading instruction, it typically refers to the set of about 100 words that keeps reappearing on…

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