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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Children with Autism: How to Handle Stubbornness and Negativity

November 10, 2014

  It can be immensely frustrating dealing with a stubborn or negative child. Children with special needs prevent a unique challenge, since their delays often make it harder for them to understand another person’s point of view. Add to the picture language delays, an inability to predict consequences, and an unawareness of time, and you’re […]

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The 3 Key Elements of Great Reading Comprehension

November 3, 2014

For some children, understanding what you read just sort of “happens.” There they were busily learning how to read words, and then sentences, and then – BOOM. Somehow those sentences morphed into paragraphs, chapters, and full-length novels that made a lot of sense. Unfortunately, what those children somehow magically possess needs to be specifically taught […]

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Language Development: 6 Reasons Why Your Child Should Believe in Monsters

October 27, 2014

What, you can’t imagine why looking under the bed for that elusive hairy monster with beady black eyes could be a good thing? Actually, being able to imagine things –even unpleasant ones- is critical to your child’s development. Here’s why: 1) Being able to picture things in his mind is the first step towards abstract […]

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School Tips: 7 Effective Study Habits for Children with Learning Disabilities

October 20, 2014

It’s an epic battle on the home front. You, your child, and tonight’s homework. You know your parental duty: make sure your kid does his homework so he can progress in life. Even though you spent at least a third of your life with the ol’ chain and ball, you can’t really see any other […]

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