Preparing for Kindergarten

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Ready for Kindergarten?

Date: February 26, 2015 Author: Angela Nettuno Categories: Angie's Picks, Child Development Education, Parenting, Preparing for Kindergarten 0

In today’s competitive world,  preparing your child for Kindergarten may seem overwhelming!   Not only is there conflicting information at every turn, but also a sea of products to navigate through!  Where do you start and what should you believe? Let’s begin with a little about your bundle of energy… According to developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, early learning progresses from concrete to abstract…

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Physical Development and Exercise

Date: February 2, 2015 Author: Angela Nettuno Categories: Child Development Education, Parenting, Preparing for Kindergarten 0

***Little bodies need to move, move, move… Early Childhood is all about exploring and learning about the world…….. Physical movement activities help children feel successful as they develop self-confidence in their ability to do things independently. For a young child, the natural desire to move, run, jump, kick, climb, spin, and hang upside down are…

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Top 40 Must Have Books and Toys for Your Inquisitive and Imaginative Preschooler

Date: January 20, 2015 Author: Angela Nettuno Categories: Angie's Picks, Preparing for Kindergarten 0

In today’s competitive world parents often ask “How can I best prepare my child for Kindergarten?” In a nutshell, here’s a bit of background on your little bundle of energy and my recommendations… First and foremost, (as discussed in the Reading Readiness article), immerse your child in language from infancy by talking to him, singing…

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Is your child’s Kindergarten classroom Developmentally Appropriate?

Date: January 8, 2015 Author: Angela Nettuno Categories: Featured Articles, Parenting, Preparing for Kindergarten 0

A typical day in kindergarten…… The classroom is colorful and inviting as Ms. Stephenson’s friendly face greets every child as he/she enters on this Monday morning. The walls are decorated with the childrens’ art work from the previous week. (stories of Fall, leaf collages, pumpkin art and pumpkin math, etc). At circle time in the…

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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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What is Reading Readiness?

Date: February 16, 2014 Author: Angela Nettuno Categories: Featured Articles, 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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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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