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Social and emotional intelligence is how adults and children manage their emotions when faced with a differing of opinion and behavior. In addition, social and emotional learning (SEL) teaches people to show empathy for others, set positive goals, establish positive relationships, and to take responsibility for decisions.
I can’t recall one day that’s gone by where I haven’t caught myself full-on belting out a nursery rhyme. It is my unconscious version of self-torture. I like to compare it to when someone is held captive in a movie while in isolation, and the same song is repeatedly blaring through the cell. It doesn’t stop me from encouraging my kid to sing along - music is proven to relax them and elevate their mood truly.
We could all make lists for days about what we’ve missed, the plans that have been upended over the last few months, particularly for families with toddlers. Playgrounds have been taped off, playgroups postponed, and even something as benign as a trip to the grocery store is now fraught with precautions. But there have also been impromptu games of hide and seek. We’ve witnessed playdoh masterpieces coming to life and new thought processes spinning into action.
We all know that before our children enter kindergarten, they should at least have a rudimentary knowledge of math skills. If they don’t, they are going to be behind the eight ball on their very first day. Kindergarten is going to be a huge change already for your kid, so don’t make it even more difficult by having them underprepared in the mathematics realm.
When I hear the acronym DIY, my mind immediately jumps to me standing in Target. Picture me with a basket full of eight different tapes, crazy glue, a bottle of wine, Cheetos, and multi-colored construction paper that I never end up using. However, sensory bins are highly effective for child development and it's worth persevering!
There's plenty of research showing the earlier a child learns to read, the greater their chance at academic success. Toddlers can learn to read much easier than you think. Their brains are pretty much sponges at their age. If you don’t think so, consider how you accidentally uttered a “bad” word around them once and they continue to repeat it at the most inappropriate times 🤣. They can learn, and learn quickly with the right instruction.
With the new school year starting and most schools seemingly opting for a hybrid of remote & classroom learning, educators are starting to realize that younger students are struggling to adjust to the situation. I’ve seen this firsthand as both an educator and a parent.