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Goopy Fun Activities with Oobleck

Feb. 16, 2022

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Mamas and papas out there, I know it can be really tricky to get anything done at home with a toddler on the loose, be it work, chores, or simply taking a 10-minute break to read an article. Don't lose hope just yet! We have a secret recipe for you that gives you the break you need without having to involve screen time. Toddlers LOVE messy play, and what better messy substance to offer other than goopy, slimy, endlessly fun Oobleck! In this article, you’ll be introduced to what oobleck is, in addition to three ways you can incorporate it in your kid's play.

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by Jorezza Antonio (Behavioral Therapist)
First Crushes

Feb. 11, 2022

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First crushes are exciting, though sometimes they may be one-sided. In this article, you will learn how you can comfort and support your child who experiences this completely new feeling and which do's and don'ts you need to keep in mind. Continue reading to find out more!

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by Alison Carter (Play Based Educator, ESL Teacher, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Pilates Teacher, Journalist and Writer)
Strengthening Children’s Identity and Core Values to Overcome Hurdles

Feb. 3, 2022

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Ensuring a child knows who they are, is comfortable with themselves and is well equipped to deal with life’s difficulties is very important. Although wanting to protect your child from all of life's ups and downs is natural, it is important to recognise that as individuals we all have to experience both the hardships and the enjoyable parts of being a human. Therefore, shielding children from everything, in the long term, isn’t helpful.

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6 Benefits of Puzzles for Kids You Might Not Know About

Jan. 28, 2022

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Hey! Today we are celebrating National Puzzle Day! Every January 29th, we acknowledge the benefits of puzzles for our brainwork.

Puzzles are a great way to put your mind to work, whether it's a crossword or jigsaw, trivia or word searches. Many studies have shown that we use both the left and right sides of our brains when solving a jigsaw puzzle. It is also proven that puzzle-solving exercises improve memory and cognitive function. In this article, we will highlight the benefits of puzzles you are probably not aware of. Keep on reading.

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by Jorezza Antonio (Behavioral Therapist)
Cyberbullying: Warning Signs, Effects on Children and How to Help

Jan. 19, 2022

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We are living in a world of technology, and everyone is glued to their gadgets as we do most things with them. Almost everyone uses Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and now TikTok as a way to communicate with friends and even strangers. There is an age restriction with using these applications, nevertheless, it is easy for anyone to forge their age. Nearly all social media applications require their users to be at least 13 years old – this can be found under the applications’ Terms and Conditions. Age restrictions exist because COPPA law or Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act states that any organizations or people operating online services (including social media services) are not allowed to gather the personal data of anyone under the age of 13 without parental permission.

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by Olga Kitina (Special Education Teacher and Speech Therapist)
Hyperactivity in Children: Tips for Parents and Calming Games Ideas

Jan. 3, 2022

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Many parents are familiar with the situation when a toddler runs around the flat without stopping, screams, taps on furniture, lies down on the floor and waves his legs and arms and does not hear at all what you are telling him.

The first thing to do in this situation is to divert the toddler's attention.

To do this, you can use little tricks. Keep reading to find out what tricks you can use to quieten down your little fidget.

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by Olga Kitina (Special Education Teacher and Speech Therapist)
Hyperactivity in Children: Causes and Ways to Manage It

Dec. 27, 2021

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All the preschool children are usually very active. Preschool children`s activity is the age norm. They like to run, jump, climb on benches and climbing frames, play outdoor games, sing and dance.

How to distinguish a high level of activity from hyperactivity and overexcitability? Read this article to find out!

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by Jorezza Antonio (Behavioral Therapist)
The Importance of Play and 8 Games You Can Play with Your Child

Dec. 7, 2021

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We cannot keep children away from playing, even if there are no toys around – for them, building blocks, playing pretend, running around, and even throwing random stuff is fun. Parents rarely teach their kids how to play – children’s playfulness just comes naturally. Kids are a ball of energy; they can stay engaged in games for hours without getting tired because childhood is a time for playing. I always tell the parents of my students to let their kids play around and to not to push them into getting too serious about school learning. Not only do games foster your relationship with your child – they are also a necessary condition for your child to learn and enhance their skills without feeling pressured. The idea of playing may sound simple, yet it brings more benefits than one might expect.

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Fostering Social and Emotional Learning at Home and in the Classroom

Nov. 25, 2021

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For toddlers and preschoolers, temper tantrums are often met with annoyance and discouragement. But what parents and teachers must remember is that these behavioral outbursts are usually due to kids just not knowing how to cope with their biggest feelings. To help children deal with everyday stressors, utilize Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies to improve both behavior and learning. Keep reading to find four fantastic ideas for incorporating SEL into your child’s day.

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by Alison Carter (Play Based Educator, ESL Teacher, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Pilates Teacher, Journalist and Writer)
Training Your Preschooler’s Hand for Writing

Nov. 19, 2021

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Ensuring children develop their handwriting skills is important not just for their educational progress, but also for their ability to express themselves and communicate with others. 

As children grow up, their desire to communicate by mark-making advances, and there are many tools and techniques you can adopt during their early attempts to do so. Whether you are a child’s parent or guardian, caregiver or teacher there are many ways you can support the little writer. Let’s dive into some of them. 

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