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When the Technology Is Books, and the Age Is 3 to 7

Friday, August 17, 2018

From The New York Times: “Four new picture books make inventive use of that sturdy old technology as they tell stories for kids living modern, computer-saturated childhoods.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

The Benefits of Cultivating Curiosity in Kids

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

From Mind/Shift: “A study of 6,200 children found that elevated curiosity was linked to higher math and literacy skills among kindergarteners.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

What To Know, Avoid When Transitioning Babies To Solid Foods

Monday, August 13, 2018

From The Washington Post: “What you feed your baby in the first few years of life can affect his brain and body, so parents naturally want to make sure they get it right.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Your Child’s Social Skills in Kindergarten Are More Important Than Academics

Thursday, August 9, 2018

From Motherly: “While early education creates an important foundation for academic skills, many parents would be surprised to know that social skills are actually far more predictive of outcomes into adulthood than early academics.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Kids Need Play and Recess. Their Mental Health May Depend on It.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

From Education Week: “Children’s freedom to play and explore on their own, independent of direct adult guidance and direction, has declined greatly in recent decades. Free play and exploration are, historically, the means by which children learn to solve their own problems, control their own lives, develop their own interests, and become competent in pursuit… Continue Reading Kids Need Play and Recess. Their Mental Health May Depend on It.

Why Reading the Same Book Repeatedly Is Good for Kids

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

From Brightly: “The more a child reads, the larger their vocabulary becomes. When a child reads or hears the same book multiple times, they become familiar and comfortable with a greater number of words.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Language and Communication Skills That Make all the Difference

Monday, August 6, 2018

From Mind/Shift: “Promoting good oral language and communication skills is perhaps the most important thing parents, caregivers and educators can do to prepare children to enter kindergarten.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Support Helping Children? Step Up and Volunteer Now

Friday, August 3, 2018

From The Tallahassee Democrat: “Do you love to read? Join the Reading Pals program and give that one-on-one attention that is so important for children struggling to read. ” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Instead Of Trying To ‘Fix’ It For My Kids, I’m Going To Listen Instead

Thursday, August 2, 2018

From The Huffington Post: “When people feel heard and understood, they feel validated. When they feel validated, they are empowered. And when people are empowered, they gain the strength to better handle things on their own, face their own pain, and carry on in the face of that pain. Imagine what we could all do… Continue Reading Instead Of Trying To ‘Fix’ It For My Kids, I’m Going To Listen Instead

Is it Your Child’s First Day of School? Do You Have Questions?

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

From The Miami Herald: “Whether your child is entering preschool or kindergarten, they are transitioning into a very transformative and important time in their educational lives.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Think Summer Child Care Is Tough? Low-Income Families Deal With That All Year

Monday, July 30, 2018

From The New York Times: “Over 40 percent of American children live with a parent who mostly works during hours when schools aren’t open and traditional child care isn’t available — during the early mornings, evenings, weekends or overnight — and these work schedules are often changing at the last minute.” Read the full article here.… Continue Reading Think Summer Child Care Is Tough? Low-Income Families Deal With That All Year

Longer Recess, Stronger Child Development

Thursday, July 26, 2018

From Edutopia: “Recess sessions that last at least an hour have the potential to foster creative play.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Chemicals in Food May Harm Children, Pediatricians’ Group Says

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

From The New York Times: “Eat more fruits and vegetables, don’t put plastic containers in the microwave or dishwasher and check recycling codes to reduce exposure to chemicals.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Writing Prescriptions to Play Outdoors

Monday, July 23, 2018

From The New York Times: “Advantages for children include being physically active, spending time in nature and getting away from screens. And fun.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Dolls That Nurture Boys’ Empathy

Thursday, July 19, 2018

From The New York Times: “Playing with dolls in particular, Ms. Parlakian said, can help boys develop social and emotional skills, and the “theory of mind” that enables a child to imagine how another person is feeling and thinking.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Exposing Your Baby To A Second Language

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

From Big Think: “A new study shows that babies raised in bilingual environments develop core cognitive skills like decision-making and problem-solving — before they even speak.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Want To Raise Empathetic Kids? Try Spending Time in Nature.

Monday, July 16, 2018

From The Washington Post: “Kids need help from parents to put what they know into action and make the connection between something they do and the benefits to someone else. For example, brainstorm with your young child about ways she could help bees, such as creating a simple watering station for pollinators.” Read the full article… Continue Reading Want To Raise Empathetic Kids? Try Spending Time in Nature.

Planting the Seeds for Early Childhood Learning

Thursday, July 12, 2018

From The Suburban Times: “Early childhood education can be extremely rewarding for the child, educator and parents because it is setting up a foundation that is meant to last a lifetime. This foundation must be nurtured and built carefully to allow it to set well.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

9 Toys That Keep Kids Learning

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

From The New York Times: “When you dump those blocks on the floor and the kids have to figure out how to rotate and balance, they’re physicists,” she said. “They’re having fun and they’re learning the foundation to early skills that we know are related to math skills.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

The Families That Can’t Afford Summer

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

From The New York Times: “Summer is the moment that really epitomizes the child care crisis,” says Julie Kashen, policy director for the advocacy group Make It Work. “Our system doesn’t take into account that most parents are working. Summer is when it really hits home.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Recognizing the Effect of Traumatic Stress on Children

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

From Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “One in four school-aged children have had some kind of trauma or at least one adverse child experience,” Graham said. Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Many Florida Youngsters Not Ready for Kindergarten

Monday, July 9, 2018

From Orlando Sentinel: “The percentage of Florida youngsters deemed ready for kindergarten plummeted last year, thanks to a new test that tripped up many 5-year-olds.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

5 Ways To Boost Your Child’s Confidence

Monday, June 25, 2018

From The Mother List: “Self-esteem is the result of experiences that help a child feel capable, effective, and accepted. They feel capable when they can learn to do things for themselves and take pride in what they have accomplished.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

The Benefits of ‘Tummy Time’

Friday, June 22, 2018

“The most important thing you can do to help your baby enjoy tummy time is, not so surprisingly, to get down there on the floor yourself. Bring a toy, make some noise, read aloud, do something to make it interesting and interactive. ” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

How to Minimize Repetitive Stress Injuries From Carrying a Baby

Thursday, August 16, 2018

From The New York Times: “The early months as a baby grows can be hard on a parent’s muscles, because none of that “weight lifting” is guided by the strengthening — or the safety — of the parent.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.