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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Archive for the ‘Language development’ Category

Furry friends from Gabriel’s Angels foster strong readers

Students at Humphrey Elementary in Chandler were among the first to try the new Animals, Books and Children program — ABC for short — by Gabriel’s Angels, a local nonprofit that offers healing pet therapy for at-risk kids. ABC pairs kids with a pet-therapy team for fun and furry reading sessions that help improve children’s […]

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Screen time: One more reason for mom guilt

When we flew with both of our children recently, I was a little nervous. I had never flown with two before. I wasn’t sure how my 16-month old would handle being confined for three hours. And my 3-year-old? There’s no containing that energy. A few days before the flight, I prepared. Busy bags were built, […]

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The real problem with screen time? Speech delays

Ever hand off your phone to your baby to keep her quiet? Or watched an infant stare at an iPad? A new study may have parents thinking twice when it comes to babies and screen time. New research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting this year found that the more time children between the […]

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Dyslexia: The elephant in the classroom

Walk into a typical elementary school, and what do you see? Besides tiny desks and crayons, you’ll find posters with inspirational messages about learning to read: “Reading is thinking.” “Readers are leaders.” And my personal favorite: “Reading takes you places.” The philosophy is this: First you learn to read. Then you read to learn. In […]

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Picture books about storytelling (and why it’s so important!)

“If I had a little book, I would name it Friend. Friend would go wherever I went, our story would never end.” — from “If I Had a Little Dream,” by Nina Laden Never mind the whole multiverse thing. Our particular universe is complicated enough. It operates on a multitude of scales simultaneously, from the […]

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Parenting Q&A: What to do when your toddler is biting

My toddler has been biting at daycare. I don’t understand why this is happening or how to stop this behavior. I also understand kids can be kicked out of the program for biting. I’m both mortified and concerned! Toddlers are passionate beings. They feel their emotions intensely and can show them in dramatic ways. A […]

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University of Arizona study: Naps may help preschoolers learn

A new study from the University of Arizona suggests naptime boosts language learning in preschool-age children. Researchers found 3-year-olds who napped after learning new verbs had a better understanding of the words when tested 24 hours later. The findings suggest parents may want to consider maintaining regular naptimes for preschoolers, says lead study author Michelle […]

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StoryTime program helps expand children’s inner universe

Yoko Ono once said, “You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind.” It’s true for every one of us. Each human brain is a wondrous thing, a tiny universe inside a mere bony shell—the ineffable within the ordinary. A very young child’s developing brain is even more marvelous because its […]

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Talking to babies, toddlers builds critical early language skills

Parents spend a lot of time thinking about the importance of nutrition, sleep and exercise in helping children grow strong and healthy. But what about their language growth? Early language skills are just as important to a strong start in life as proper nutrition and exercise. Parents can take purposeful steps to nurture the development […]

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Teaching children a second language

Isn’t it amazing how we can be connected to family, friends and strangers across the world with just the click of a button? Technology has turned the oceans that once divided us into ponds—and these ponds will be puddles by the time our youngest children join the workforce. Now more than ever, we need to […]

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