Literacy Development– The Journey to Reading and Writing

As a pre-school teacher I have had many eager parents ask me if they should teach their child to read and write before school. They are fearful that if their child doesn’t start  reading and writing in their pre-school year, they won’t have a head start at school.  They feel anxious that in their endeavour to teach their child, they may employ incorrect teaching methods.

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Visiting the Art Gallery – Easy and Fun for the Whole Family

Ever considered taking your children to the art gallery only to reconsider because you thought it was a job for the “too hard basket”? Well think again. Visiting an art gallery can be fun for children and easier than you think. All it takes is a little preparation and before you know it your children will be art gallery regulars.

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Language Development- Birth to Five Years

When your baby comes into the world they are surrounded by a myriad of sounds and introduced to a world of speech. Through listening and watching, your baby learns language and communication skills even before they start to speak. Hearing your baby’s first word is an exciting event. Then experiencing that first word turn into a sentence and eventually a conversation, will be both exciting and rewarding.

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Teacher’s Top 10- Activities to Develop Skilled Hands

As a pre-school teacher I provide activities everyday to strengthen and encourage my student’s fine motor skills. Their little hands develop so much over the course of a year– strength, coordination, control, dexterity, bi-lateral integration (both hands working together) and finger isolation.

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Activities to Promote Intellectual Development in Toddlers

From day one, our brains are ready to acquire the ability to think, learn, problem solve, process information, make decisions, reason, remember, understand, analyse, evaluate and think in abstract ways. The ability to do all of this relies on cognition and how we develop intellectually. The sheer magnitude of brain development occurring before the age of six is astounding.  This development is imperative for an individual to construct an understanding of the world and how...

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Social Development – Birth to Eight Years

Social skills are the most important set of skills that we can have. They are what we need to develop and maintain reciprocal relationships with others. Without them the world would be in utter chaos. We wouldn’t have the ability to effectively communicate, sympathise with or relate to those around us.

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Baby Obstacle Course

As your baby becomes more active, they will delight in crawling around your home. Setting up an obstacle course is an enjoyable challenge for them. Their upper body strength, coordination and navigation skills will get a great work out.

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Activities to Promote Literacy Skills in Early Childhood

Contrary to popular belief, literacy learning doesn’t start at school when a child learns to read and write. Literacy development starts much earlier than you may think. Literacy and language development are closely associated and develop alongside each other. This means that literacy foundations are laid as early as language skills are essentially from infancy.

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Help Your Child Construct Self Confidence

Having confidence in oneself is extremely important. It is the way we judge and assure ourselves that we have ability, skill and power over our lives. Being self confident influences all aspects of our life, from how we interact and express ourselves to seizing opportunities and achieving life’s dreams and goals.

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Funny Dress Up Beard

Does your child like to dress up?  Make this funny dress up beard to add to your dress up collection. What You’ll Need 6 inch paper plate Wool Glue Scissors Sticky Tape Learning and Development Physical Skills: Fine motor skill development- using scissors, glue, manipulation and placement of wool. Play and Social Skills: Inspire creative role play ideas and story lines when used. Age Suitability 3+ Assist your child with these steps where required… Step...

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