What is it that fascinates children about dinosaurs? Is it their enormous size? Their monstrous looking teeth and claws? Is it their deliciously long complicated names that six and seven year olds take pride in mastering? Could it be that they represent a kind of safe scare kids can conquer by knowing what the prehistoric giants ate or when and where they lived?
Tags: preschoolers, preliterate learning skills, ready to read, alphabet,
Posted: 2011-03-30 15:44:50
By: Joanne Oppenheim
Learning the alphabet is the first thing that pops into mind when we think of getting preschoolers ready to read. But knowing letter names and sounds are just one of the many skills needed for reading. Although preschoolers like playing around with letters as they sing the alphabet song and try writing their names, there are other equally important skills they need to develop that are easy to build on during these preliterate years.
Patience is one of those skills that does not always come naturally or easily. Yet, developing the ability to wait for an event or to deal with the frustration of working at a difficult task and bring it to completion. These are important life skills children need. Whether they are learning to read, writing a term paper, or baking cookies, patience is often the key to success. Unfortunately you can't teach patience by talking about it. Lectures don't help. Click here for ideas that do help!
Tags: Green Toys, Best Green Toys for Kids, Green Building Toys, Green Dolls, Green Trucks
Posted: 2010-01-11 08:25:54
It used to be a huge stretch to come up with our green list. Happily, that's no longer the case. Toy makers are responding to consumer demand for green products for their kids. We have rejected many of the "good-for-you-but-looks-sad" green toys...you know the ones - they're very muted in color or made from material that may be climate friendly, but you really don't want to cuddle up with! We are particularly thrilled with the 100% recycled trucks from both Sprig Toys and Green Toys, the gorgeous Plan Toys Green Dollhouse (complete with solar panels) and the ever so huggable dolls from blablakids.com and Fair Indigo. Congrats to all our winners!!
Tags: great games under $20, math games, letter games, active games, family games, preschool, early school years, later school years
Posted: 2010-02-18 19:30:16
By: Joanne Oppenheim
Unlike a lot of novelty toys that often lose their luster, games are returned to again and again. They are not just entertaining; many have solid learning built into the fun. Here are some of the top choices we've tested and think you and your family will like playing. Click here to see our list!
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