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Friday, May 8, 2015

50th Birthday Family Learning & Fun Conference Event


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

TALKING WITH YOUR BABY

Learning to talk is a process that starts at birth. A lot has happened in terms of your baby’s language development since he was born.  Around three months of age you’ve probably noticed that he really listens to your voice and is starting to make some of the sounds you make.  Most babies at this age have started making those delightful cooing and gurgling sounds we love to hear. One of the most wonderful things about being a parent is that you have the chance to help your baby’s language development simply by talking with him and naming the things around him. It’s that easy. You don’t need to buy fancy toys or the DVDs that are advertised to make your baby smart. Just talk, sing, and read with your baby throughout the day.

Babies learn best when they experience predictable routines. Use language to let your baby know what is coming next. For example, when you’re getting ready to change his diaper before a feeding say, “it’s time for a diaper change. Let’s go the changing table and get a clean diaper. Then it will be time to eat!” Even thought your baby does not have the ability to repeat these words back to you, he is beginning to understand what you are saying.

The more words your baby hears you say, the more words he will know. Talking with your baby is the easiest and best way to make your baby smart.

You can talk to your baby when you are busy doing other things (daily activities). Carry your baby in a sling or frontpack or put him on a blanket nearby while you:

* Bathe and get dressed    * Clean the bathroom
* Wash the dishes              * Fold the laundry
* Put away groceries          * Put on your makeup
* Shaving                            * Do your hair

Remember, it is important that he hear the words that go along with the routine. Before you know it he’ll be using words to describe his own actions!



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday, October 30, 2014

5 Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips for Children:

1. Wear light colors.
Make sure your child’s costumes contain light colors. Avoid as much black or brown as possible. These dark colors easily get lost in the night; whereas light colors act as reflectors.
2. Buy stick-on reflectors.
You can find stick-on reflectors at your local dollar store for as little as a buck. Tag them onto your child’s clothing in both the front and back, so cars will be able to see your child in the dark and avoid accidents.
3. Visit only homes in your neighborhood.
While it is fun to collect a huge stockpile, stick to homes in your own neighborhood. This way you are only visiting people you know and are comfortable with, and people who know your children. Avoid neighborhoods that you do not live in or do not know someone who does.
4. Encourage kids to buddy up.
Pair up children when trick or treating so no one is alone at any time. All children should have an adult when trick or treating to supervise, even in a neighborhood they are familiar with. Instruct each child to never separate from their buddy.
5. Examine all candy.
Before your child eats anything from their bag, be sure to examine it all. This means making sure no packaging has been opened or has expired, and all appears to be untouched. Any item in question needs to be thrown away at once.

Monday, August 4, 2014

School Readiness Information

Is your child ready for school?

3 Ways To Prepare Your Toddler for School

Starting school is exciting thing for parents and their toddlers, but there is a-lot that parents have to do to prepare their youngsters for their big day. The success of a child in school depends greatly on how well he or she is prepared before entering school. There are three very important things that parents can do to prepare their toddlers for school. Those three things are making sure that the child is on a set a schedule , disciplined and knows the basics such as counting and the alphabet.
Children need to be on a set schedule before starting school. They have to understand that they have to do certain things and certain times. Parents should set up schedule for meal times, nap times, television, etc. It is also important that parents limit the time that their children watch television. Setting up a schedule at home will allow a child to adjust to the school schedule better.
Children also need to be well-disciplined before they start school. They have to understand if they misbehave, there will be consequences. For the best results, discipline should be consistent. If a parent says that he will do a certain thing to a child if he or she misbehaves; he or she should do it. Being firm and consistent is the key to raising a well-disciplined child. If a child understands that there are consequences for bad behavior, he or she will be less likely to act up in school. Unruly children are a common complaint of school officials and good home training helps prevent that.
Parents should also take the time and teach their children the basics before they enter school. A child who already knows how to count and knows his or her alphabet will have the greatest success in school. This will also allow them to be a step ahead of some of the other students. Parents should go over the alphabet with their children several times before he or she enters school because this will increase retention.

Parents play one of the most important roles in the successful education of a child. That is why they should take time out to prepare their children before they enter school. By setting up a schedule, discipling their children and teaching them the basics, parents are already preparing their children to be successful students in school. Successful students in school make successful people in life.