Avoiding the Summer Slide

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES, Penfield Children’s Center No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks! While school is out for summer it is still important to keep children’s minds engaged and learning so they are ready for the next school year and can avoid the “summer slide.” In fact, studies show …

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Helping Children with Cerebral Palsy Transition into the School Year

Jenna Gehrdes is a member of the Community Outreach team at Cerebral Palsy Guide. The organization provides free educational information, financial options and emotional support for parents and children affected by cerebral palsy. Whether this is your child’s first year or fifth, it’s important to make sure your child is getting the education and care …

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If Your Name is…Song

Songs are a fun way to educate your child and improve social skills. The song featured in the following video encourages children to engage with their peers, learn about body parts and use their skills in listening and following directions. Related videos: The Bubble Gum Song 5 Little Monkeys Song The Tooth Brushing Song

The Bubble Gum Song

Singing songs can enhance your child’s development in many ways. “The Bubblegum Song,” featured in the following video, teaches about body parts, enhances vocabulary and listening skills and promotes following directions. Related Videos and Articles: The Tooth Brushing Song 5 Little Monkeys Song The Effect of Music on Childhood Development

When Should I Use Sign Language with my Child?

Using sign language helps children learn about vocabulary before they’re able to speak and communicate effectively without frustration. Watch the following video to learn some simple signs to teach your child during the process of language development. Related articles and videos: How Puzzles Help Your Child’s Development 5 Little Monkeys Song Promoting Cognitive Development Through …

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5 Little Monkeys Song

Music helps stimulate cognitive, emotional and physical development in children. Singing songs, like the one featured in the following video, is an excellent way for you to engage with your child through music and enhance skills in vocabulary and memory.

Choosing a Quality Child Care Provider

Children who have high quality early childhood care and education are more likely than those in low quality environments to enter school ready to learn and to achieve more in early elementary school. High quality can be found both in group child care centers and family in-home providers. So, how do you know that the …

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How Puzzles Help Your Child’s Development

Puzzles are a popular and challenging activity for young children and adults alike. At any age, puzzles offer the chance to work toward a goal and, literally, piece together a story or narrative. With fun shapes and bright colors, large-piece puzzles are a favorite among small children, but they also offer an array of developmental …

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The Effects of Music on Childhood Development

Since nearly the beginning of human history, music has been used as a force for healing. Aristotle taught that “When we hear (music and poetry) our very soul is altered.” From Hippocrates to Native American medicine men, people have long used singing and playing instruments to cure. In modern times, scholars and doctors have researched …

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It’s Reading Time!

The ultimate goal of learning how to read is to build understanding.  It is important to provide opportunities to read aloud to your child and inspire him or her to practice every day.  Here are some tips to make reading time with your child an enjoyable and educational experience: Read with expression. Use humor and …

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