Category Archives: Blog

Walk on the Wild Side

October 28,2017

Enjoy nature this fall by taking your family on a long walk outside in a city park or just around the neighborhood – anywhere outdoors that you can enjoy the changing colors of the season, natural vistas, and the sounds of critters. Spend the time talking about what each of you sees and answer questions that arise.

Recent research suggests that walking in nature correlates with reduced stress, increased happiness, and improved mental health. Research has also proven the important role that talking to children plays in brain development.

So unplug, unwind and enjoy the natural world wherever you can find it. It’ll be good for you and your children.

 

Power of Play

September 26,2017

Children learn more through play than many adults realize. Here are just some of the things children can learn through play:

  • Creativity & Imagination — Like pretending a stick is a magic wand.
  • Social Skills — like taking turns when playing a game, sharing, and cooperating.
  • Literacy Skills — like how to hold a pencil by coloring. Or making a sign for a lemonade stand.
  • Vocabulary – like the word “stethoscope” when playing with a toy doctor’s kit.
  • Balance and Coordination– like when playing hop scotch or jumping rope.

Experts who have studied play explain that learning and playing go hand-in-hand and recommend that children have time to play every day. Play is healthy for positive development of both minds and bodies.

 

Little Things

August 28,2017

Do you have a child struggling with learning to read or a preschooler starting Kindergarten? If so, you might want to download our permanently free eBook, “Ready? Get Set. Go! A Brief Guide to Working with New Readers”. It is a super quick read and will give you useful research-based tips for supporting your emergent reader.

How do you know if your child is ready to begin to read? What can you do to help promote reading readiness? What can you do to improve reading comprehension, make learning to read less stressful for your child, and ensure a positive first reading experience? All this information can be found in this FREE eBook.

Because little things you do can make a big difference to your budding reader, download this eBook today. You’ll find the PDF here and the eBook wherever you buy your digital books: