How to Cultivate Humor in Your Child?

You’re either born with a sense of humour or you’re not, right? Wrong, say humour researchers (yes, that’s a thing!). Not only have they discovered that humour can be taught, but they’ve also linked a sense of humour to several life-changing benefits. Here are simple ways to develop your little one’s funny bone during the…

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How to Energize the Youngest Brains for Reading

Listening to stories stimulates the “reading network” Photo credit PBS.org There is no dispute about the value of reading to your children. It expands their vocabularies, develops their language and literacy skills, and helps them absorb important social-emotional understandings. In fact, the National Commission on Reading considers reading aloud to children “the single most important intervention” to…

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Smart devices in the hands of babes. Do they help or harm?

credit: http://blog.sfgate.com/sfmoms/2015/04/27/study-babies-as-young-as-6-months-using-tablets-and-smart-phones/ Our youngest children are growing up with smart phones in hand. They are often quite adept at scrolling before uttering their first word. But, new research shows that using smart devices relates to expressive speech delays. Researchers at TARGet Kids! in Toronto followed almost 900 children between the ages of 6 and 24…

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Do you know why wordless books are better for kids?

[Hint: You have to work harder!] credit: maillustrations.com It is well established that reading aloud to children aids their emotional and academic development in countless ways. For example, shared reading experiences: Promote language development Engage brain areas that will later be used for independent reading, even in the youngest children Create a positive association for reading…

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