Puppets– One of the Best Toys Your Child Can Play With

Puppets are captivating! Children of all ages, world wide, love to play with them. They are one of the world’s most popular toys and for good reason. Not only are they heaps of fun, they can be used to enhance almost every area of your child’s development and can even be used to support your little one’s well being.

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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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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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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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Getting To Know Your Child – Open-ended Questions for Meaningful Conversations

Sometimes it’s hard to get meaningful conversations going with your child, particularly if they have a quiet or closed personality. There may be certain areas of your child’s life that you would like to know more about- how they feel, what makes them happy, sad or scared? Or maybe it’s how they perceive themselves, their friends, your family or maybe even you.

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Sign Language & it’s Effects on language develoment in Infants & Toddlers

The following article by Sara Ipatenco was first featured on Livestrong in 2010. As it no longer exists on Livestrong it has been recreated here for your enjoyment. According to Kids Health, your infant or toddler relies on imitation as she learns to master language. Having conversations with your child is one of the most effective ways to encourage her to learn to communicate. Sign language can be combined with the spoken word to provide...

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Book Detectives – Fun Literacy and Book Activities

So you’ve read your child’s favourite book every night for the past year. They absolutely love it and can recite it word for word.  It’s ok, you can admit it, you’re getting a little tired of it aren’t you? Don’t have the heart to discourage it?  Fortunately, there are many things that you can do with a book other than read it from cover to cover.

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