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At the End of the Day What Do We Really Want Our Kids to Remember?

Date: November 16, 2014 Author: Angela Nettuno Categories: Parenting, Reflection 0

Several things lately have made me think, reflect…  Maybe it’s my age, maybe it’s that my oldest is starting college, or maybe it’s just God’s way of making me slow down and “smell the roses,” so to speak. My daughter, now 19, has struggled with some pretty serious learning disabilities in her life.  I have…

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Childhood Learning Disabilities… The Great Unknown…

Date: August 10, 2014 Author: Angela Nettuno Categories: Child Development Education, Featured Articles, Parenting 0

Something doesn’t seem quite right, but you’re not sure. You ask yourself… “ Is this normal, or could my child have a learning disability?” Rule of thumb —- Go with your gut! You are the parent and you know your child best!!! Here I will lay out some simple truths that most professionals won’t say…

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Language Development

Date: June 24, 2014 Author: Angela Nettuno Categories: Child Development Education, Parenting, Preparing for Kindergarten 0

As discussed in the Brain Development article, a baby is born ready to take in his world. Babies are naturally social creatures, willing and able to learn from everything they experience. As a baby or young child is exposed to the world, language is learned. Recent research has shown a direct link between language skills…

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How Baby’s Brain Develops

Date: March 16, 2014 Author: Angela Nettuno Categories: Child Development Education, Parenting 0

Up until the early 1900’s most developmental psychologists believed that heredity was the sole factor in determining intelligence.  They believed that a persons’ intelligence was genetically predetermined and environmental factors played no additional role in brain development. Research states that infants’ brains at birth are equipped with most of the brain cells they will ever…

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What is Reading Readiness?

Date: February 16, 2014 Author: Angela Nettuno Categories: Parenting, Preparing for Kindergarten 0

Reading readiness means just that: a child’s readiness to learn to read.  Before a child can learn to read he must master the majority of these pre-reading skills. The child must understand basic “ letter awareness.”  This includes recognizing most of the letters of the alphabet, and knowing the sounds they make. The child must…

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The Importance of Pretend Play and Unstructured Play Opportunities

Date: November 16, 2013 Author: Angela Nettuno Categories: Child Development Education, Featured Articles, Parenting, Preparing for Kindergarten 0

In today’s technological world with “screen time” on the rise, we cannot stress enough the importance for children to get “back to the basics” as much as possible, and just “play.”  Children learn important life skills by interacting with their peers in unstructured play settings without the direction of a parent or teacher.  Socializing at…

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Top 10 Survival Tips for New Moms!

Date: October 1, 2013 Author: Angela Nettuno Categories: Parenting, Tips for Moms 0

Choose your battles – if you always say “No” he will eventually rebel. Decide what’s most important to you and stick to it with consistent “No’s” and say “Yes” to less important ones… When baby starts to have a fit because he wants something or to do something you don’t approve of, simply re-direct his…

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It’s Not Just Play…It’s Developmentally Appropriate Instruction

Date: September 16, 2013 Author: Angela Nettuno Categories: Child Development Education, Parenting, Preparing for Kindergarten 0

By Developmentally Appropriate, we simply mean that toys, educational products and instruction are designed to directly correlate with the child’s current physical, social, and cognitive developmental abilities. Well-known Psychologist Jean Piaget believed that early learning progresses from concrete to abstract thought. Since a baby or young child learns about his world by manipulating toys or…

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