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5 Great Books to Teach Young Children About Empathy

5 Great Books to Teach Young Children About Empathy

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As a behavior specialist and mobile therapist, I always loved using books to teach kids about a variety of social-emotional skills such as how to understand your feelings, how to be a friend, how to accept differences, how to develop empathy, how to solve a problem, how to be a good citizen, etc. Research alsoContinue Reading

Learn About the Water Cycle, Conflict Resolution & More through These Catchy Tunes

Learn About the Water Cycle, Conflict Resolution & More through These Catchy Tunes

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If you google that title phrase “Can Music Make Your Child Smarter,” you’ll get over 3 million links to articles, studies, and anecdotal evidence of how music affects the brains of both children and adults. Music is such a valuable learning tool.  Many teachers love using music to create a mood – calm music for whenContinue Reading

Starfall: Free Website Helps Students Learn to Read through Fun Interactive Games

Starfall: Free Website Helps Students Learn to Read through Fun Interactive Games

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Working in public schools for over ten years, I have seen many teachers utilize the Starfall website to assist students with attaining basic reading skills. This is a program that can easily be used at home as well. Starfall, a program based on established research studies, can be used for students of any age, fromContinue Reading

An Interactive Story about What School Is Like and How to Behave

An Interactive Story about What School Is Like and How to Behave

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Below you will find an interactive social story about going to school. The story can be used to help children prepare for a typical school day including their first day of school. You can also read this story with your child to practice reading skills. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help childrenContinue Reading

10 Great “Low-Cost” Board Games to Practice Reading Skills with Kids

10 Great “Low-Cost” Board Games to Practice Reading Skills with Kids

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Below you will find ten fun low-cost board games and card games to help your children learn to read and practice their reading skills. These games are a great way to foster your children’s/students’ phonics, sight-word, vocabulary, and fluency skills (all important elements of becoming an effective reader). For students who are struggling or justContinue Reading

8 Fun Activities to Practice Social Skills with Your Child

8 Fun Activities to Practice Social Skills with Your Child

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This article gives several fun social skills activities that you can do with your child. While the activities are described in a one on one format between parent and child, many of them can also be used with a group of children such as siblings, students, or clients in a group therapy setting. Parents, teachers,Continue Reading

10 Fun Research-Based Activities to Teach Your Child Letter Sounds

10 Fun Research-Based Activities to Teach Your Child Letter Sounds

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Research indicates the importance of teaching children phonics as a preliminary step for learning to read. Phonics is the relationship between letters and sounds as well as the understanding of how those sounds connect to form words. Research also suggests that systematic instruction which incorporates word play (manipulating letters/sounds in words to change the word), writingContinue Reading

A Story to Teach Kids to Calmly Respond to the Word “No!”

A Story to Teach Kids to Calmly Respond to the Word “No!”

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5 Great Music Videos About Science for Kids: K to 3rd Grade

5 Great Music Videos About Science for Kids: K to 3rd Grade

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Music is such an amazing teaching tool. It helps keep the learner engaged and is a great way to get concepts in grained in memory. There are so many amazing learning music videos on Youtube. Here are five great science songs, excellent for early elementary school kids. These songs even have my two year oldContinue Reading

5 Fun Scientific Art Projects to Do with Your Kids

5 Fun Scientific Art Projects to Do with Your Kids

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Just like all of us, kids want to feel happy and interested while they are learning. Hands-on activities, where children are creating, moving, and problem solving are wonderful for keeping kids engaged and involved. Science and art are two great ways to create hands-on activities! Interacting with kids in a positive way also helps to build bonds, practice social skills, andContinue Reading