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Preschool Activity - Sock Baseball

Letting your preschooler play baseball in the house, using a ball made of socks instead of a real ball, is a great way to introduce your child to the game of baseball. If you clear the ball field by removing anything that might get broken or damaged, you will provide a great way to let your preschooler get into the spirit of the game. As she practices pitching the ball over and over again, she will soon increase her accuracy as she throws the ball. This, in turn, will help develop her large muscle movements as she grows bigger. Plus, she will become more skillful at throwing the baseball and making strikes and balls. You can provide her with a chalkboard to mark the strikes and balls with each pitch. She will soon learn to read the words you write on the "score board." Add words and phrases like My Baseball Game, Strikes, Balls. Don't forget to put your child's name as Today's Pitcher. As your child plays this game over and over, she may begin to develop a love …
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Preschool Activity - Gardening and Backyard Treasure

Gardening with your children can be a wonderful experience. Here are a few tips to make this a fun experience for both of you.

--Set aside a set of "gardening clothes." If you have one set that is especially for grubbing in the dirt, then you won't constantly be throwing up your hands at the amount of laundry that builds up.
--Give your child a piece of the garden that can be their very own. Try to stay out of that area and let your child experiment. You can give gentle "suggestions" but let them be just that. Don't dictate.
--If you have more than one child, get more than one set of tools. If each child has their own set of tools, it will give them a sense of ownership and desire to achieve.
--When your child gets tired of working in the garden, send him on a treasure hunt. This is a great learning activity and also allows you more time to work in the yard while he is hunting.


Instead of just sending yo…

Preschool Activities - Easter Bonnet and Easter Placemat

Here are two more fun Easter themed activities to do with your preschooler this spring! Doing educational activities with your child helps them learn more about holidays, plus preparation makes it even more more during the waiting period leading up to "the big day!"


Making an Easter Bonnet is a fun project when getting ready for the upcoming holiday. Using many colors will make your bonnet an unusual addition to the outfit your child chooses to wear on Easter. Before helping your preschooler create her bonnet talk about how many people like to dress up in particularly pretty clothes to celebrate the holiday because Easter is special.
It is that time of year when new life begins after a cold and often dreary winter. As you decide on the spring outfit she decides to wear, talk about its colors. Also talk about all the new green buds and grasses that are beginning to grow on the bushes and ground outside. Be sure, as you make …

4 Mistakes Parents Make In Early Childhood Education

When it comes to early childhood education there are a few critical mistakes that parents make. By not doing these mistakes, it is possible to really aid the advancement and development of your child.

Not reading to your children
If you don't read to your child, you miss out on several benefits.The first one being that you don't get the quality time that reading to your children will afford you. Irrespective of how many educational books you purchase for your child if you're not involved in reading with them, they will generally not benefit that much. Educators who have worked with children on a daily basis say that parents should be reading to their children at least twenty minutes a day. It doesn't matter what you read to your children as long as you're reading to them. The benefits of this will show later on in your child's life.

Not regulating their television use
The second mistake concerns the watching of television. Many parents let their children watch a…

4 Positives Of Early Learning With Toddlers

Early learning has been recognized as an integral part of child rearing for some time now - and with the advent of the internet, it has only become more and more important. Children need to be prepared for the life when they enter school. The problem is that a lot of parents do not know much about it or are skeptical of it - preferring their children to develop at a natural pace and not wanting to interfere. However, this is not true - children need to be nurtured from a young age and they need all the support their parents are able to give them.

1. Better Test Scores

It has been shown time and time again that starting your child's education early will benefit their test scores when they start school. Test scores might not be the greatest test of intelligence, but they do mean a lot in school and for any advancement in life as they are looked at everywhere. Beginning your child on an educational journey is one of the steps you can take to ensure that their future is bright and ful…

Parents are a child's first teachers

Parents are their child’s first and most important teachers. There is so much to learn about and it is quite interesting. So here are some snippets that are relevant and easy to remember:

• Children who are read to do better in school and have better vocabularies

• The “book” language that children hear helps them understand more complicated language

• Encourage your child to keep a diary. Children who keep a diary are better writers

• Reading cereal boxes is good training for reading and the colorful format is quite appealing to children

• Very young babies can distinguish their Mom’s voice over others at a really early age

• Research shows that if a child watches more than eleven hours of television a week, it equates to a drop in a child’s academic achievement

• The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend television or computer use for children under that age of two and limited TV viewing, computer use and video games for children under the age of six

• Many of us are vi…

Finding the balance between reading for fun and reading homework with children

Many parents report feeling overwhelmed trying to help their children learn to read. The child who loved stories as a toddler and preschooler suddenly may seem at risk of never picking up a book again.

How do parents make the link between the comfort and happiness of the bedtime story tradition to completing reading homework from school? Here are a few tips for creating a positive experience.

1. Keep reading time fun and fast. Books that come home from school for practice do not have to be read entirely by the child, and the session length is best kept to less than half an hour, based on your child’s body language. Share the reading by alternating pages.

The parent is able to model how good reading sounds. The child will hear and mimic the way the words fall together into natural phrases and use expression and tone appropriately. Not only will the time fly, but your child will have a better understanding of the story as a result of being happily engaged in its telling.

2.  Offer choic…