If you're in the sandbox zone with your kids, take a look at these two new collections of toy trucks. We love both the new lightweight Monster Dirt Diggers from Little Tikes - it has a cool sideways dumping action and a working excavator...great fun at the beach or in the backyard. We also love the realistic look of Fisher-Price Steel Force Trucks (they come in two sizes). Take a look at our video.
Of the dozens of books that recently arrived at our office, here are some gems that are truly memorable. Books that you won' t mind reading and re-reading again and again! Click here to read our reviews.
Stephanie shared some of the early front runners for top toys of 2010 on NBC's TODAY Show on Friday, March 5th. Click here to watch the segment. After attending the American International Toy Fair in New York last month, the toyportfolio.com kicks into gear for a new season of toy testing with their testers throughout the country. As the toys start rolling in, we'll be posting reviews as we go- rather than making consumers wait until the end of the year. Toys that receive an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award during the Spring and Summer, will be nominated for the year-end Platinum Awards. Read Stephanie's blog for a preview of some promising toys.
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!
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