Posts Tagged ‘learning’

7 Different Learning Styles: How to Engage Your Learner

If your child is school age or approaching it, you may notice that they prefer learning one way over another. Don’t stress trying to put your child into a “learning style” box. No learning style is better than another. Most emerging learners are like people, better when they are a collaboration of many different styles and ideas. You may find some children have a more dominant style, while others have a dominant style that varies depending on the activity. Observe your child in play by themselves and with others; you may start to notice a natural preference.

There are seven main styles of learning: Visual, Aural, Verbal, Logical, Social, and Solitary. It is important to understand learning styles and how to better engage your child. You can work with your child in their preferred method for some learning, then try combining others ways to help learn from another approach. Below we’ve broken down what each one means and different ways to engage and challenge your emergent learner.

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Exploring the World with Science

Children are naturally curious. They find wild delight in tiny ants crossing the sidewalk, they take pleasure in pulling out all the contents in your kitchen cabinets, and they love sticking their hands into gooey mud and rubbing it all over themselves and the dog. Children want to learn and explore the world around them – and it is our job to foster this creativity by encouraging them to think critically about the how’s and why’s of the world. It is your job to enlighten them in the world of science.  

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6 Ways To Read More

Researchers have found that readers live almost two years longer than non-readers. A study conducted at Yale and published in the September issue of Social Science & Medicine surveyed the reading patterns of over 3,635 people over the age of 50 years old and found those who read regularly live longer.

Study participants were separated into two groups, those who read up to 3.5 hours per week, those who read more than 3.5 hours per week and those who do not read at all. Over twenty years of research they found that those who read 3.5 hours or more have a lower mortality rate.

Warren Buffett once told a group of students at Columbia University that reading 500 pages a year helps build knowledge like compound interest, but finding the time to read 500 pages a day is unrealistic for most people. Taking these small steps toward reading more will help grow knowledge and improve your life for the better!

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Improving Your Child’s Learning through Parental Involvement and an iPad

Every parent wants to keep their children motivated to learn; and we know that the best way to keep up that motivation is to be more involved in our children’s education. One of the more challenging subjects to keep kids motivated and excited about is math. While we can do our best to keep learning interesting by providing a variety of activities that can be done at a child’s own pace, it’s always great when we find tools that can supplement the process. Along comes SkyMath, an app that is helping children and their parents get what they want and need.

In a recent interview with Scott Hamilton, CEO of Circumventure Learning and developer of SkyMath, you will learn how this app is guiding kids towards a better understanding of math skills while also satisfying parent’s need to be more involved in their kid’s learning outside of the classroom.

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Summer Lessons for Your Preschooler

Another school year has come and gone, and it’s summer time already. When you made that last preschool run you may have been thanking your lucky stars that you don’t have to rush everyone out the door so early. But soon the dust settles and you realize you have your child home now – and they are bored. Every day at preschool they were playing with well-coordinated activities in a place designed for messes. Home is a bit different, and now you’re stuck trying to figure out what to do to keep your preschooler’s mind and body just as active as they were at school. 

You may be amazed at how much your child learned throughout the school year. But remember how when you were in school your mind would somehow lose much of what you learned during the school year, and your teachers would spend the first few weeks reviewing that material? It is the same for your preschooler – if they don’t practice the skills they learned this year they may forget them over the summer. Just because the school year is ending doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Here are some activities for you to do at home with your preschooler to keep their learned skills sharp throughout the summer. 

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Top 15 Must-Have Books for Your Toddler Library

The best gift you can give to your child is your time, and there is no better one-on-one time than to snuggle up before bed and read. Reading is the perfect way to wind down and relax before going to bed. Reading not only helps children fall asleep faster and easier, it fosters and encourages imaginations for play time. Nighttime reading inspires daytime play.

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Gifts That Encourage Learning

Children, whether infants or teenagers, are always learning. As parents, we all want to give our children every opportunity we can to explore, create, and expand their minds. The holidays are a time for fun, and we know that learning should be fun as well. Give gifts to the children in your life that encourage learning. There are so many amazing products for kids that spark their imagination and foster a love for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). We think gifts like these are especially great to give to someone else’s child because not only will the child get so much out of whatever you choose, the parents will be happy with you as well. Everyone is happy and kids are learning while they play. These gifts are a win all around!

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3 Stages of Learning for Children

If you have small children, you have probably already noticed their propensity for asking “Why?” While the barrage of these “why”s can be exhausting some days, you understand that you are pouring information into little sponges who are anxious to learn about the world around them. But what about elementary age children? Or middle school? Or high school? How are these bigger kids learning?

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7 Easy Ways to Incorporate a Second Language into your Child’s Day

Improved problem solving, memory, creativity and critical thinking. Better social and communication skills. An increased appreciation for other cultures. The ability to learn additional languages later in life.

You may be aware of these and many more benefits of being raised bilingually. You may have experienced these benefits firsthand because you are multilingual yourself; and now you want to make sure to pass on multilingualism to your child. Or maybe you are monolingual but are interested in exposing your child to a second language. But where do you even begin?

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Encouraging Cognitive Development Through Arts and Crafts

If you hear the words arts and crafts, and shudder, you aren’t alone. Many a mother cowers in horror when imagining letting their little darlings loose with glue, construction paper, markers, popsicle sticks, scissors, and (gasp) glitter. Well, we’re here to ease your fears. Although craft time can be a bit messy, it is extremely beneficial for your child’s brain; especially for their cognitive development. Curious as to how covering themselves in paste helps your child learn? Read on.

First off, we need to mention Richard Rende, Ph.D. Haven’t heard of him? He is a developmental psychologist whose main area of study is the link between parenting practices, family interaction, and emotional behavioral development. According to Rende, children benefit greatly from arts and crafts time especially when it is with their parents. 

Today we’ll look at just some of the benefits of encouraging cognitive development through arts and crafts.  

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8 Ways to Sneak Learning into Your Child’s Summer

You’ve heard about the summer learning slump before. Libraries across the country lament the loss of one month of reading skills during the summer and aim to encourage reading through various reward programs. Unfortunately, there’s more to the story.

Not only do children lose an average of one month of reading and schooling, they lose two months worth of math skills, four months of math computational skills and 5 months of spelling skills! It’s going to take more than a few trips to the library to ameliorate sliding math and spelling skills, but it might just be a bit more fun. Today we offer some fun ideas to get you started.

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Why Do Kids Ask Why?

“Why is it raining?”

“Why is the garbage truck here?”

“Why is there only one sun?”

“Why is that a construction site?”

“Why can’t I see my eyes?”*

If you have a 3- or 4-year old, these questions probably look very familiar. Veerrrry familiar. Kids this age ask a lot of questions, which can be funny, interesting and, admittedly, incredibly irritating. So, we wondered: why do kids ask so many questions? Why?! Here’s what we found.

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10 Tips for Raising a Bilingual Child

10  Tips for Raising a Bilingual Child

The choice of raising your child bilingual can be intriguing, but daunting, for many reasons.  You may have read of the lifelong benefits of learning more than one language.  Maybe you are anxious to begin, yet, you also feel apprehensive about teaching a language yourself. Perhaps you favor one language over the other a little too much, or you may be concerned because both (or neither!) parents are bilingual. Even if both parents are multilingual, but in differing languages, you may wonder how many languages to teach and how much to involve each language in everyday life. Will your child be able to ‘sort’ the languages out in her head?  Is it really worth it to go though all the extra effort?  

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