Academically redshirting your child is a topic often discussed by parents as their children get ready to enter kindergarten. In short, redshirting your child for kindergarten means to hold them back from attending kindergarten even though they would otherwise be eligible to attend according to the state cutoff age. Although academic research has found no significant long-term difference in redshirting your child, many parents decide to do so in order to allow their child to grow and mature for an additional year. Some parents, however, decide that redshirting isn’t the best option. Even though their child is “young”, in that they have a later summer or early fall birthday, these parents decide their child is ready to head off to big kid school. Reasons vary, from their child being academically ready to wanting their child to finish their school career earlier. One mom decided to do just that – send her child to kindergarten early – despite others telling her it wasn’t the best decision. And she’s happy that she did.
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Reading can take us on imaginative adventures great and small with a few simple words, and, in some cases, with a few pictures or illustrations too. Want to bring the fun even more “to life” with your kids and help encourage their love of reading?
Here are 10 favorite kid’s books, and crafts perfect for pairing with them.
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.
As the holiday season approaches we are overwhelmed with advertisements and commercials about the best new gifts for everyone on your list. Parents and loved ones want to get the best for their little ones over the holidays, but sometimes it can be difficult to sift through all the toys, books, and gear to find the perfect gift. That’s where Daily Mom comes in! Below are some of the best gifts on the market for your little one ages 2 to 5 – everything from cute towels to personalized story books, toys to imaginative games. Check them out to check your toddlers off your list.
There are so many toys on the market for preschoolers today, and we’re bombarded with even more via commercials, flyers, and ads around the holidays. Here at Daily Mom, we know it can be overwhelming and sometimes frustrating to choose toys that are current without being quick money-wasting fads, so we took the guesswork and stress out of shopping for your preschooler this holiday season. We’ve hand-selected our favorite toys, games, and clothing from brands we love and trust, and compiled a gift guide of things you won’t feel guilty about giving your little ones!
Daily life with a toddler is never boring. They love dumping toys, making messes, and constant movement. They love tactile environments – whether that be the cereal they just dumped on the kitchen floor or the dirt from the garden – because it helps them learn about the world around them. Toddlers love exploring and experiencing new things, but sometimes all that learning can be… exhausting.
Trying to harness that constant drive to explore can be difficult, especially for moms who aren’t sure exactly how to do it or what to do. But it can be done. By setting up your own in-home preschool for your little one, where you have planned activities for each day, you will be able to grow your child’s love of learning while letting them have the ability to explore freely – without wanting to pull your hair out. Check out some of our tips and activities below to get started.
This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. We were paid for this post and received the included Carter’s clothing as compensation.
Back to school means new clothes shopping! Whether you love it or hate it, it must be done. So why not make it easy on yourself by stocking up on one brand at one store, for both your daughters and your sons? Save yourself time, money, and the hassle this year. It can be done!
Two words: Bubble Wrap. In today’s media-saturated in-your-face world, most of us would probably love to wrap our little ones in bubble wrap — protecting their bodies from all harm, their hearts from all the ugliness the world sometimes has to offer, and their minds from all thoughts of inadequacies or messages of you’re just not _____ enough (fill in the blank) that can be found lurking around every corner of society.
Unfortunately, we can’t wrap our children in bubble wrap (though we’re sure they would be willing participants), but we can set them up with the right tools to face adversities and be able to bounce right back and push on through when life — people, school, careers, love — gets tough and the stress of it all becomes too much.
Traveling, whether solo or with family, brings with it memories and wonderful life experiences but it also brings some challenges. This holiday season, consider giving a gift to help your favorite wanderer go on his or her next adventure with ease. Things that are normally a cinch at home can be a little more difficult on the road, so we have put together some amazing products as an answer to those difficulties. Encourage your loved one to go out and explore the world with a great gift!
Umbrella strollers are notorious for being flimsy, cheap and frustrating to use. Unfortunately, they are a necessity for most of us for travel, trips to the zoo and everyday errands. This is where the Net Stroller by Inglesina saves the day.
Between Frozen backpacks, Ninja Turtle t-shirts and Cars action figures (and toothbrushes, lunch boxes, snack packs — you name it!), kids today are inundated with pop culture products. Not only are these products often gimmicky and overpriced, they also encourage kids to watch more TV, see more movies and play more video games.
Kids already spend far too much time in front of screens — the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that kids spend a total of seven hours a day on entertainment media, which includes televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices. In fact, television and other electronic media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2 and limited to no more than 2 hours a day as kids and teens, according to the AAP.
We all know that kids should spend less time watching TV and more time reading books. One way to encourage kids to read more is to make reading as fun as watching TV! There are lots of activities, crafts and games that you can do with your child to get them excited about their favorite books. Here are six ways you can help your child lead a literary life.
“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.
If you’re looking for the perfect combination of colorful, and funky clothing for your child, Jelly the Pug will quickly become an all-time favorite brand for both you, and your daughter. The classic styles are mixed up and reborn with trend-setting patterns and coordinating bright colors, and your little lady will look especially precious wearing any of the dresses or playwears that Jelly the Pug exceeds at producing.
If you’re traveling this holiday season, you may be wondering how to ensure an enjoyable and stress-free journey for your family. Traveling with toddlers and preschoolers is a lot different from traveling with a baby, especially if she’s potty training or never taken a big trip before. Read on for some tips for creating a positive holiday travel experience.