HOW A CHILD MAKES SENSE OF HIS WORLD

HOW A CHILD MAKES SENSE OF HIS WORLD

According to the developmental psychologist Piaget,  a child makes meaning of his world by forming patterns with the information he receives. He bundles the data he accumulates into concepts. A concept is an idea formed by mentally combining all its characteristics or particulars. Children form and adjust concepts when they can experience and interact with…

STAGES OF DRAWING

STAGES OF DRAWING

It is very important to support creativity in your children and give them an outlet to express themselves. Set up a table with paper and various writing utensils and let  your children draw. If you are wondering how your child’s drawing will progress, the outline…

BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IN THE PRE-K and K YEARS

BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IN THE PRE-K and K YEARS

The following excerpt from the book Teaching and Learning in the Kindergarten Year by Dominic Gullo describes brain development in the early years. During pre-school and Kindergarten, the brain grows steadily, increasing from seventy percent to ninety percent of its eventual adult weight. In addition to gains…

POSITIVE SELF TALK

POSITIVE SELF TALK

When your child does something positive, give him a specific complimentary adjective.  This is different from saying “good boy”. Why not say “good boy”? Say you ask your child to clean his room. You walk in and the floor is clean and it seems everything…

DON’T PUSH READING, WHAT TO DO TILL CHILD IS READY

DON’T PUSH READING, WHAT TO DO TILL CHILD IS READY

Reading means understanding a passage, understanding the vocabulary, making connections with life, and decoding words like c-a-t. Before a child can get to that, though, he needs oral language, alphabet knowledge, book knowledge, phonics, and phonological awareness. Phonics, which you hear everyone talking about, means recognizing symbols and connecting them…