Tag: Child Learning & Development

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Why Songs, Rhymes, and Verbal Repetition Appeal to Small Children

As every parent knows, any song, rhyme, or book their child enjoys is going to get repeated at least 1,000 times. Finding out that your child adores a particular book or that one song calms them down, no matter what...

/ December 15, 2020
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Fun activities to help young children improve their communication skills from home

Developing and promoting strong communication skills is vital for young children. Your child’s nonverbal communication (such as pointing, gesturing, and facial expressions), their capacity to comprehend language, and their use of different sounds, are all precursors for speech production. They...

/ September 22, 2020
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How can we better understand and support young children’s digital experience through play?

For two decades I’ve talked, explored and tried to better understanding the role of digital technology in children’s lives and how that relates to early childhood education. And, over that time the presence of digital technology in all of our...

/ June 19, 2020
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How to support children’s learning at home, through play

With more early childhood centres being closed around the world due to Covid-19, many parents are suddenly finding themselves in a ‘home-schooling’ situation. This sounds simple in theory, but the reality can be quite daunting. We want to help families...

/ March 31, 2020
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Learning at home – Music, creativity, loose parts & quiet time

These ideas from our education team will help get your children’s creativity flowing as well as some suggestions for relaxing, quieter experiences. Musical ideas Game: Statues, musical chairs or cushions Sing your welcome song together that you would sing at...

/ March 30, 2020
Child and adult baking

Learning at home – Everyday activities and dramatic play

Children learn best when engaged in fun and meaningful activities, and there are plenty of opportunities to be involved in this type of learning at home. Our team of educators have put together some ideas of experiences to do with...

/ March 30, 2020
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Learning at home: Outdoor adventures & using our senses

Some of the best learning can take place in your own backyard. We put together some ideas of activities you can do with your children that will help them use their senses and connect with nature. Outdoor adventures Gardening Discovering...

/ March 30, 2020
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Learning at home – Literacy, math and science

It is a common misconception that children don’t learn math, science, language or literacy until they start at school. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Children practice and develop the foundations for these skills when they are very...

/ March 30, 2020

Learning at home – Fine and gross motor skills & problem solving

Looking for ideas that support children’s development of motor skills and problem-solving in your home environment? You don’t need fancy equipment or resources to do this, you will be surprised to learn that most of these ideas can be offered...

/ March 30, 2020

Encouraging a Sense of Wonder while Keeping our Distance: This is the Time to Connect to Nature

During this global pandemic crisis, staying connected is a challenge. With so many of us being asked to socially isolate – to keep our distance, we look to new technologies to maintain relationships. In these uncertain times, it is more...

/ March 24, 2020