What is math readiness? For young children it encompasses a handful of principles. Have you ever heard anyone say “I hate math” or “I’m no good at math”? I literally don’t understand those comments. It’s impossible to get on in Life without math. Children, in particular, need to be exposed straightaway to math activities to add to their concrete knowledge base. And by math activities I don’t mean filling in worksheets or completing levels of a computer game. Oh my NO!! Step out your door and … [Read more...]
Why Playing Hide-And-Seek is Important
No doubt you played peek-a-boo with your child when they were a baby. Peek-a-boo, a time-honored game played by generations of parents and babies, has real developmental benefits to it. Playing peek-a-boo helps with separation anxiety and object permanence. Hide-and-seek takes peek-a-boo to the next level and beyond. ALL Learning Requires Some Risk I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it. To grow and learn, everyone—young and old—must be willing to risk something. Hide-and-seek offers … [Read more...]
A Soaring Family Hobby….Bird-watching!
A lot of creativity came out when people found themselves under the #StayAtHome order from the #coronavirus pandemic. Imagination is key when limited on where you can be. Families got creative in how they spent their time. I read a newspaper article that caught my eye. It noted that bird-watching was taking flight! I love watching birds! Whether they bathe in my water fountain or dine via the bird feeders or build nests in and amongst the plants in my yard, I am fascinated by birds. I think … [Read more...]
Instead of Screen Time
Screen time trying to invade your kiddo's day? During the coronavirus pandemic schools across the country shut down. Many still are not back to a normal, pre-CoVid schedule. With children remaining home you may have heard: There's NOTHING to DO.... ____I'm BORED!! (imagine whining on the 1st line; exasperation on the 2nd) Sure handing over a device or sitting them in front of a screen might sound very tempting. Here's why you might want to resist the temptation! Then and … [Read more...]