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  • Why play-based learning?

    The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is built on the understanding that the principles of early childhood pedagogy (DEEWR, 2009, pp. 12-13) guide the practice of early childhood educators. Research tells us that an educator’s pedagogy is one of the most important aspects when assessing the quality of children’s learning. So early childhood educators need […]

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  • Pros and Cons of Video Games For Children

    There is no question that video games and other technologies are having both a positive and a negative impact on the lives of 21st century children. In our estimation, those who argue that all screen-based time is detrimental to children are simply wrong. There are, however, some negative impacts of screen-based technologies on children that […]

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  • Something Inspiring for Older Children with Learning Difficulties

    “Being You”: Explore Your Child’s Future as a Young Adult Have you thought about what your child will be doing five, 10 or 15 years from now as a young adult? Imagining your child’s future can create feelings of uncertainty. But it can also raise some amazing possibilities! Read More

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  • Literacy Ideas for Car and Truck Play

    19 Literacy Ideas for Car and Truck Play My kids spend the majority of their waking hours playing with cars and trucks. I’m an advocate of taking a child’s interests and building learning opportunities around those interests. Today I have some of the best literacy ideas to utilize during car and truck play. Let’s get […]

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  • What Music Making Does to Your Brain

    Music is the most complicated sound the brain can process. But why did our brains evolve such advanced tools to create and enjoy it? Neuroscientist and jazz musician Charles Limb (TED Talk: Your brain on improv) has asked himself this question time and again. He recently got together with songwriter and musician Meklit Hadero (TED […]

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  • Showing Empathy for Children with Learning or Attention Issues

    9 Ways to Show Empathy for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues It’s not always easy to respond to your child’s behavior with empathy. But when you show her you understand and respect her needs, you’re helping her stay motivated and gain self-esteem. Plus, you’re building her trust in you. Here are tips for responding […]

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  • Fun Activities for All the Family

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  • Teaching Your Perfectionist Child

    My child is a perfectionist. Here’s how we find balance. I turn away from the kitchen counter and see a little person, my son, handing me a piece of paper and a pencil. I quickly wipe my hands off on my apron and take the paper and pencil. But then I remember what happened the […]

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  • Let Children Learn Important Skills Through Free Play

    Share… Wait Your Turn… Don’t Touch… Playdate Rules That Limit Learning (And What To Try Instead) Magda Gerber’s example of children working through struggles to eventually play together is not an anomaly. I observe these kinds of messy, yet successful exchanges every week in my RIE Parent/ Infant and Toddler Guidance Classes. Two recent examples […]

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  • Teaching Teens Who Struggle to Read

    Teaching Teens Who Struggle With Reading: What Can Help Even when they’ve mastered the basics, kids who struggle with reading can feel new frustration as they move up in school. They might have trouble making sense of the more difficult texts they encounter in middle school and high school. But research tells us there are […]

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