Promoting Early Math Skills

Promoting Early Math Skills

Sure, your toddler is not going to perform complex calculations, but math concepts can be taught from a young age. Studies show that a child’s math skills at the start of kindergarten are among the strongest indicators of future academic success. What can we do as parents to promote early math understanding?

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The Positive Effects of the Arts on Your Child

The Positive Effects of the Arts on Your Child

Participation in arts-based activities during early childhood has proven benefits in social-emotional development and academics later in life. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. And the process of making arts can improve fine motor skills, spatial understanding, and of course, creativity.

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Learning to Write & Draw

Learning to Write & Draw

In young children, writing and drawing skills are developed in much the same way. Usually, the first exposure is when babies are about a year old and are newly able to grasp a crayon or pencil and move it around on paper. Writing and drawing are not only crucial life skills, but they also improve hand-eye coordination, build fine motor skills and help strengthen finger muscles.

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The Powerful Lessons of Play

The Powerful Lessons of Play

One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that children’s play and learning are two different things. In fact, children learn much from the process of play that will help them later in both academics and life.

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The Benefits of Introducing Music to Your Baby

The Benefits of Introducing Music to Your Baby

Music is enjoyable for babies, but it also provides health benefits as well. Music can help your baby identify language rhythms and learn new words.

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Early Learning and Literacy Skills

Early Learning and Literacy Skills

Reading to your child helps develop early literacy skills, and it’s never too early to start. Here are some tips to make reading part of your daily routine:

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Now's the Time: Early Learning

Now's the Time: Early Learning

Do you have a child younger than three years old? This video will show you how to support your baby’s early learning.

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Helping Your Baby Learn to Speak

Helping Your Baby Learn to Speak

Learning language starts at birth when your baby begins to hear voices and soon understands the spoken word. Most babies begin speaking sometime after their first birthday.

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Building Blocks for School Readiness

Building Blocks for School Readiness

It may seem a little premature to be discussing school readiness on a site focusing on children from ages zero to three. The term “school readiness” has traditionally been used when referring to pre-kindergarten students, but more recently, it has been expanded to include infants and toddlers.

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Early Language and Literacy Skills

Early Language and Literacy Skills

Reading to your child helps develop early literacy skills, and it’s never too early to start.

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Early Learning Through Play

Early Learning Through Play

One of the best ways parents can promote early learning in their children is through play. Play is powerful--it’s the way babies learn about the world around them.

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Social & Emotional Wellness in Babies and Toddlers

Social & Emotional Wellness in Babies and Toddlers

How can we promote the social and emotional wellness of babies and toddlers? Even our very first experiences as babies and toddlers can have a lifelong impact on our social and emotional health.

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