3 Hands on Learning Games that Teach Your Child How to Follow Directions

January 12, 2015

It’s frustrating dealing with a child who can’t follow directions.  You know what that looks like: you tell your 8 year old to take out the garbage, get into pajamas, and feed the dog, thinking it should take about twenty minutes until liftoff. A half hour later, you see your son standing in the kitchen […]

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Hands-on Learning Games: Helping the Child Who Has Trouble Cutting With Scissors

January 5, 2015

  It’s not uncommon for children all the way up to first grade to have trouble cutting with scissors. Usually the child has trouble with her fine motor skills: the acts of grasping the scissors, holding and manipulating the paper, and opening and closing the scissors, are actually more difficult than most parents (and teachers) […]

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7 Habits that Curb Your Child’s Creativity

December 29, 2014

    When it comes to recognizing intelligence as more than doing well in school, well – we’ve come a long way baby. No longer is the kid who sits in the front of the class answering all the questions considered the smartest in the bunch. At last, Howard Gardner and his theory of multiple […]

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Hands-on Learning Games: 2 Games to Improve Your Child’s Visual Memory

December 22, 2014

Looking for a way to improve your child’s visual memory without spending a lot of money? Here are two fun, inexpensive hands-on learning games you can play with your child.

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Hands-on Learning Games: Animal Coverings Sorting Game

December 15, 2014

This hands-on learning game is a great way for kids to learn about the different types of coverings animals have. The extra set-up of close-up cards challenge children to identify the animal in addition to its’ covering. Plus, your child can play the game with another child, racing against a clock to see who finishes […]

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Hands on Learning: A Twist on the Traditional I Spy Game

December 15, 2014

Remember how kids played I Spy before the days of Walter Wick? Usually played on long highway rides during summer vacation, in those days it was you, a few siblings, and a sharp pair of eyes.  The object of the game was to find a particular object – a license plate with a particular number, […]

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Parenting Children- 9 Types of Parents: Which Group Are You In?

December 8, 2014

Want to know how to parent effectively? Then how about finding out what type of parent you are? Usually when we think of parenting skills, we focus on the children: are they stubborn or placid? Are they energetic or do they like to take it easy? Next we focus on the values and rules we […]

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3 Reasons Why It Pays to Break the Rules

December 1, 2014

From the moment our wrinkled red faces hit the light of this world, until our (hopefully) ancient bones are laid to rest forever, we are subject to rules. Rules that say how we should be put to sleep in our certifiably-safe beds, what clothes we should we wear, what schools we should go to, and […]

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Defiant Child: How to Get ODD Kids to Behave

November 24, 2014

I read a very interesting article on oppositional defiant children a while back that I thought I’d share with you: http://www.child-psych.org/2010/04/oppositional-defiant-disorder-what-type-o.html#more-1073. We all know how difficult it is to get ODD kids to behave. Not only do they know what they want to do, but they are so darn persistent about it they could drive […]

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Learning While Shopping With Your Child

November 17, 2014

Today I’m at http://notjustcute.com, with a guest post on “5 Tips to Improve Your Child’s Learning Skills While Shopping.” In it, I explain how you can help your child boost critical learning skills like visual and auditory memory, with just a few easy – and fun – games you can play together with your preschooler. […]

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