Tag: Language Development

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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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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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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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…

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Can you teach more than one language at the same time?

Well, parents of monolingual and bilingual children alike are eager for their little ones to utter the first words. It’s an exciting time to learn more about what the baby is thinking. However, a common concern, especially for bilingual parents, is that their child is not learning fast enough. Vocabulary sizes of bilingual children, when…

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