H – Have conversations. Language builds comprehension. A – A positive attitude nurtures change. P – Play indoor games that build memory, concentration, and recall. P – Play outside. Exercise and fresh air are brain-builders. Y – You are your child’s first teacher. N – Notice the world with your child and discuss. Build … Continue reading New Year’s Resolution
We have known for a long time that our immune systems keep the growth of disease in our bodies in check. Even if we have a genetic predisposition for a specific disease, a healthy lifestyle, including good nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction practices can help reduce the growth of cancerous cells and diminish the … Continue reading Early Identification and Intervention
While working on the past tense verb,“ed,” with a first grader, I noticed this little girl was having difficulty understanding how “ed” could have three different sounds. For example, planted or landed both have the id sound added to the base word – (plant-ed) and (land-ed) while the word “hopped” sounds like a /t/ at … Continue reading What is Explicit Instruction?
On a recent visit to Panera, my husband and I sat near a mother with her young son. She was busy on her cell phone while her son was on his, playing some game that made the most awful, loud noises. She didn’t seem to notice or mind because she was engrossed by her phone. … Continue reading Let’s Put Our Phones Down and Talk
Finland is universally ranked as having the top educational system in the world. Before Finnish children enter school, many attend a daycare program that builds skills they will need before formal schooling. Through teacher-directed play and free play, children learn how to problem-solve and think creatively. They are not bombarded with hours of homework and … Continue reading Literacy: Finland vs. USA