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by Olga Kitina (Teacher-defectologist and Speech Therapist)

Toddler`s Speech Development at the Age of 2‑3

Sept. 13, 2021

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Toddler`s speech development at the age of 2‑3 is characterized by a number of distinctive features, in which several parameters can be conditionally distinguished. Continue reading to find out more about these parameters and exercises you may apply to enhance your young kid's speech development.

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by Julie Sheard (Educator and Specialized Instructional Assistant)

Teaching Healthy Coping Skills and Calming Strategies

Sept. 7, 2021

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Stress, worry, irritation, and frustration may all be triggered by situations that require emotional self-regulation.  Anxiety can affect neurodivergent learners' ability to understand and use communication, as well as their ability to deal with sensory input, working memory, the flexibility of thinking, and social imagination. Individualized coping techniques are therefore required, taking into consideration the learner's skills, preferences, and familiarity with a particular setting.

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Top Mistakes to Avoid When Teaching Kids to Read

Sept. 7, 2021

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These days, kids seem to be learning to read earlier than ever before! After all, preschool and kindergarten seem to have tougher expectations for children as they enter the classroom for the very first time. If you’re interested in getting your kid reading sooner rather than later, read this article to discover the top mistakes to avoid when teaching your child to read, and learn what you can do instead to foster your child’s skills and love for reading!

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The Top 3 Skills Little Learners Should Know When Entering School

Aug. 30, 2021

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This fall, kids around the country are reentering school, some of them attending a face-to-face environment for the very first time! It’s only natural for parents to feel a bit anxious wondering about whether their kids have what it takes to be successful considering the challenges of the past school year. Join us as we discuss the top three skills your child needs to be successful in school and keep reading to find a breakdown of what your little learner should accomplish before entering pre-k, kindergarten, or 1st grade!

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by Alison Carter (Play Based Educator, ESL Teacher, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Pilates Teacher, Journalist and Writer)

The Benefits of Play-Based Learning

Aug. 25, 2021

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This year has been a difficult one for lots of reasons. Rising numbers of parents and caregivers have been homeschooling their children, whilst working full-time jobs in the midst of a global pandemic and this has added new unprecedented strains and stresses. It has also meant that caregivers have had to be adaptable and creative about the way they educate their children.

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Helpful Hints for A Successful Start to the New School Year

Aug. 23, 2021

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For kids across the country, they are returning to school this fall without ever having stepped on campus in over a year! For many of them, they are entering school for the very first time as kindergarteners or 1st graders. With so many disruptions, it’s easy to see why parents and kids may feel nervous about stepping foot on campus this fall. Luckily there are strategies parents can take to help little learners prepare for the big day. Read this article to find helpful hints to ensure a smooth start to the new school year!

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by Julie Sheard (Educator and Specialized Instructional Assistant)

5 Easy Ways to Develop Your Child’s Social Skills

Aug. 17, 2021

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Communication and interaction with others are facilitated by social skills, which include gestures, body language, and personal appearance. Understanding how we communicate with people, the messages we convey, and how we may modify communication strategies to make our communication more efficient and successful is essential to developing social skills. Establishing and building children’s social skills can help kids create objectives for themselves and build healthy connections with others. Keep reading to find out which strategies to use to perfect the social skills of your little one!

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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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