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Tips for Teaching Children to Feel Proud of Themselves

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From the time children are very young, they look to others for reactions to their endeavors.They giggle and look to see if we are giggling, too.They toss an object and wait for our smile and applause.It is a child’s first step toward developing a sense of self, figuring out the appropriate boundaries of behavior and learning about verbal & non-verbal communication cues.While these interactions serve a purpose, they should not become the only means by which a child determines his/her own worth.
From the time they are preschoolers, children need to be taught to feel pride in their efforts and accomplishments.They need to know that they have talents and gifts.They need to feel secure in what they bring to this world with or without the approval of others.There will be times in their adult lives when feeling secure and having integrated their worthiness will serve them well.
We can help children to integrate pride in their endeavors. Instead of saying, “I am proud of you,” tell children …

Do You Want Your Young Child to Write? Tips for Encouraging Literacy Skills

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Learning to read and write is a process.Your children will not write before they are developmentally ready.They have to develop fine motor skills, language acquisition skills, strengthen brain connections, understand symbolism and more.While it isn’t a realistic expectation that 2 year olds will read and write or that 4 year olds will master letter formation or blending sounds, there are things we can do to encourage children to pick up crayons, markers, paint brushes and eventually pens or pencils. Children need to see their most important adults writing with pens and pencils.  Put down the smartphone, tablet and laptop.  You are the children’s role model.  They will want to do what they see adults doing. If they do not see us writing with pens or pencils, why would they ever want to do that? Use pen and paper to handwrite a shopping list while your children are in the room.  Write your to-do list. Find ways to make writing with a pen or pencil a more visible activity when children a…

Sensory Experiences ARE a Pre-Literacy Skill

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Every early learning activity builds the foundation for later learning.Early learners spread paint with their fingers, imitate sound, observe the world and use taste to build upon their knowledge of objects in the world.Sensory learning is brain development work.The traditional five senses in addition to the systems that help us to balance and determine our body position in space must coordinate in order for young students to learn in the years to come.Parents and educational systems today are focused on ensuring that activities help children to become readers and writers.Rest assured that the finger paint, play dough, sand, songs, animal sounds, taste tests and sights of early childhood classrooms are setting that stage. Because adults have been readers and writers for a long time, we forget the complexity of the task.Sensory development helps us to: Properly hold pencils and pens – Development of our sense of touch helps us to know what we are holding and to feel the correct positioni…