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by Olga Kitina (Teacher-defectologist and Speech Therapist)

Speech Development of Children Aged From 1 to 2

July 20, 2021

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By the age of 12 months, there are already 8-10 words in the active dictionary of a child, and from that moment the verbal period of speech development begins. By the second year, the number of words in the active dictionary increases to 300-400, of which children can build simple sentences of 2-3 words. It would be a mistake to assume that all this comes to the child spontaneously, of course. To develop speech, it is necessary to communicate with adults, which contributes to the formation of thinking and speech, and the development of cognitive activity. 

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by Julie Sheard (Educator and Specialized Instructional Assistant)

Managing Difficult Behavior in Your Young Child

May 13, 2021

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Behavior analysts define the meaning behind any behavior is called the function of the behavior.  A baby may cry for different reasons, but the difference in understanding if they are hungry or hurt results from analyzing body language, assessing the environment, and using your parental intuitions.  Trying to assess which need your child is attempting to communicate to you can help you discover appropriate functional replacement behaviors, coping skills, and preventative strategies.  

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by Olga Kitina (Teacher-defectologist and Speech Therapist)

Massage and Finger Stimulation as a Means of Enhancing a Child's Speech Development

April 6, 2021

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Every parent wants their child to start speaking early and ensure it happens the best way possible. Speech is an essential stage of a child’s development. This is important for communication with the outside world. Below are some of the techniques used by practicing speech development specialists, speech therapists, and occupational therapists.  Although children of all ages can participate in these types of exercises, parents will find they will be extremely helpful in encouraging speech production in those with language processing difficulties. 

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How Effective is Online Learning for the Youngest Learners? Tips to Improve Success

Nov. 9, 2020

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After the pivot to online learning that occurred last spring, many parents and teachers can probably agree that online learning has taken a toll on their kids’ learning. That leads many of us to the same question: just how effective is online learning, and what can be done to make it more successful? Join us as we explore the effectiveness of school online, and keep reading to discover tips for online learning success.

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How to Develop a Growth Mindset from an Early Age

Sept. 30, 2019

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Today more than ever before do teachers and parents have the best opportunity to help their children unleash their full potential! Because of a paradigm shift from teacher-centered learning to one that guides kids to take ownership of their learning, kids have never been more equipped to become successful. This article explores how to develop a growth mindset and offers six super strategies to encourage children to take charge of their own academic achievement!

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A Parent’s Guide to Reading Aloud with Early Learners

Nov. 26, 2018

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Reading aloud to children is undoubtedly one of the most important activities for kids as they learn critical early literacy skills. But how can parents be confident that read-aloud sessions are effective and promoting continued progress and success? Read this article to find the ultimate parent’s guide to read alouds, including how to choose the right books, as well as useful techniques that teachers use during daily reading. 

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A Parent’s Role in Early Literacy Education

Nov. 16, 2018

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While most kids don’t learn to read until kindergarten, many others are reading sight words and decoding words as early as 3 or 4 years old! That’s because a parent is every child’s most important teacher. A parent’s role is critical in a child’s future academic success, particularly when it comes to early literacy development. This article discusses the importance of parental involvement in fostering early reading and writing skills, and offers 8 reading strategies to use with your child. 

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10 Ways to Unleash Your Child’s Talents

Sept. 4, 2018

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From the time kids are born, parents are eager to find out what they’ll be like. Within each child lies interests, abilities, and talents just waiting to be unleashed. But how do we help our kids discover those talents that will steer their lives for years to come? If you’re struggling to figure out how to find your child’s talent, this article explores 10 ways to uncover your child’s inner passion, while guiding him or her toward success.

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The Ultimate Back-to-School Tip List for Parents of Preschoolers and Kindergartners 2018

Aug. 20, 2018

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The first day of school is just weeks away, and many little learners are stepping foot in the classroom for the very first time! Planning and preparing for school can be overwhelming for parents, but Kids Academy is here to make the transition easier for both you and your child. This article shares back-to-school tips that will offer you steps to take during the next few weeks to ensure that the 2018-2019 school year gets off to a wonderful start!

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The Importance of Family Engagement in Early Childhood

July 13, 2018

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The number one (and two) most influential people in a child’s life is not their teacher: but their own parents. Sometimes it is easy to overlook the monumental impact parents have upon a toddler or preschooler’s future academic endeavors. Read the following article to find out how family involvement enriches a child’s future performance in school, and to find out some easy free ways to engage with your child

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