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We constantly react to stimuli coming from the world around us. We respond to the voice of our guardian calling, we might like or dislike an image we see on TV, and the smell of a freshly cooked dinner attracts us. Apart from the luring affect our senses have, we actually learn through the interaction with the outside world. We might not be aware of this as adults but kids, toddlers, and babies are much more sensitive to stimuli. Even a simple rustling sound is enough to activate their brain (and make them start crying). Auditory stimulation is, therefore, crucial to normal brain development in kids, as there are benefits to their physical and mental development.

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September 26, 2019
Rebecca Siggers

5 Simple Tricks to Solve Puzzles

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

Solving puzzles can seem like an effortless task, especially when you see other people doing it. However, what you might not know is that these games usually have thousands of pieces to solve.

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September 19, 2019
Becky Hill

3 Ways to Leverage Games for Learning

Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

The beginning of a child’s educational years is paramount. A child needs someone to fight for them if there are academic struggles. There are countless ways to reach a child, games being one avenue. Not every child will enjoy games but for the child who does, games create a relaxed atmosphere where a child can learn without frustration and tears. A child will also have the opportunity to walk away with a happy face. There are simple board games that can be combined with dice, e.g., Surprise Slides and Math Dice Jr. There are games that can be played for sheer academic value, e.g., 7 ate 9. Lastly, logic games can be played to develop deduction skills, e.g., Cat Crimes.

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September 12, 2019
Danielle Novascone

6 Simple Ways to Enhance Learning Through Play

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

Here is the awesome thing about playtime--your kids are continuously learning as they explore. Playtime for our youngsters is their school time. It’s their chance to be creative, discover, experiment and problem solve. As a speech-language pathologist, I am often asked what parents can do to enhance a child’s learning during playtime.

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September 05, 2019
Helen Spencer

5 Reasons Why Children Should Learn to Sew

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

If you want your child to have a hobby that will have a positive impact on their character development and mental growth, consider teaching them how to sew. Apart from allowing them to sew on a button, fix their toys or make a nice and original gift for someone, sewing can provide them with educational, physical, and mental benefits in an interesting and fun way. On top of that, it can also become a valuable skill in their lives, one which will prove itself useful over and over, all the way to their adult lives and further.

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August 29, 2019
Dimitra Neonakis

Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom

Kids And Creativity, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

Mindfulness seems to be the new buzzword for savvy parents and teachers. Everyone is creating “zen dens” and practicing “moments of mindfulness.” But what is mindfulness and how can you bring it to your children or students?

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August 22, 2019
Adam Wakoski

Teaching Children to be Respectful of their Peers

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

Children who have respect instilled in them while growing up turn up to be more adaptive conflict-resilient people who find a way from difficult situations much easier. They are also less inclined to bully others in school and more likely to stand up for others. As you can see, respect isn’t something auxiliary, like subtleties of etiquette. It’s an essential value and ability that we must teach our children.

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