If you grew up with a family pet, it’s hard to imagine life without one. Many positive childhood memories are experiences with a beloved pet, such as feeding, petting, playing, or even sharing your secrets with the family cat or dog. Research has proven that all of those experiences help children develop positive values. These interactions with animals have also proven to be more effective in developing social skills amongst children with disabilities or who have been traumatized, than standard methods. Although pet ownership is rewarding, there is a lot to consider before adding another member to the family. There are also alternatives to pet ownership if you want your child to have animal experiences but cannot have a pet in your home. The traits and psychological benefits your child will develop around animals will aid them in nearly every aspect of their life.
What is it about being a spy that is so exciting? Are you drawn to the secrecy, having to deceive strangers, friends, and sometimes even family to protect your identity and your mission? How about the espionage – pretending to be someone else in order to draw information out of another person? And of course there is the special set of skills that every spy needs, from scaling walls to hacking computers to cracking codes. Whatever attracts your kids to the life of a spy, here are some at-home activities to give them the experience of a secret agent, while learning at the same time.
Hello puzzle lovers! This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers from our very own Visual Brainstorms set, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers!
Early literacy begins during the first three years of life, creating a foundation that empowers children to understand the relationships between reading and writing. These childhood literacy experiences are crucial to developing life skills, such as socializing and money management. Understanding which literacy materials are appropriate for your child, and how to spot and address literacy difficulties are vital to early language teaching. Research studies on early literacy have helped create learning timelines and given parents and teachers the tools they need to answer the following questions: What should a child learn before they start kindergarten? Where does someone begin when teaching a child the fundamentals of language?
Every parent has had to answer this question at some point; Mom and Dad, why do I have to learn math? I’m never going to use it, it’s such a waste of time! More often than not, their children aren't satisfied with the answer - it's too abstract, or the benefits are too far down the road, and this can be difficult, especially if your child has already decided they don't like math. The key, as I'll explain, is to connect the skills you learn in math class to everyday life, and to try and find a way to make math a little more fun.