Do Kids Hate School?

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Let’s face it moms and dads, we are more afraid of our kids’ reaction when we talk about school than our kiddies who are actually going to school. Why? Because they always give us mixed emotions, some are quite excited to be entering school for the very first time while others suffer from separation anxiety. We’re lucky if our children are ecstatic to be at these learning facilities but what if it’s the other way around? What if our kids hate school and waking them up every morning seems like a punishment for them?

 

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Kiddies go to school at the age of four while in some cases, parents like to introduce them into early education by taking them at the age of three. It doesn’t really matter what age you bring them to school but most educators and parents would say that introducing them at an earlier age makes it less stressful and exciting for them. It is never easy taking them to a place where you will be away from them, not only that it is heartbreaking for your kiddies but it’s going to be difficult for you as mommies who take care of them 24/7. When they start to cry as they lose sight of you, it somehow gives you the idea that kids hate school but we really don’t have much choice as they need to learn from actual teachers. All you got to do is learn how to make it less traumatic for them to be seeing less of you when they enter school and to make it more exciting to be learning something new. Now, how do we do that? Maybe buying them their first kids school kit? Let’s talk about it more.

 

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Kids hate school. No. They don’t hate school. They just hate the fact that they are separated from their parents as they are not accustomed to not seeing them all the time. Leaving them with strangers (their news classmates and teachers) could be a little overwhelming for some kids. Eating alone or with someone they hardly know is probably something they are no accustomed to. Becoming social to other children may also be foreign to them as they may not know how to approach them or how they will react when others went closer to them. These are the things that we need to focus on. There are ways on how we can eliminate this fear of going to school and one of which is by preparing them a nice kids school kit. There are many school supplies available in the market today that feature their favorite cartoon characters like pencil cases, bags, notebooks and water jugs. By getting them this stuff, you’re keeping them excited and always looking forward to showing off their cool merchandise.

 

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The secret of making your kids want to go to class is to always keep them uplifted, excited and to show them the benefits of learning. It may sound difficult at first but once you get the hang of it, it’ll be as simple as tossing a pancake. You’ll only think that kids hate school when it becomes a struggle to bring them  there, but once they see that waking up early and being present in class is something they should look forward to because it has a lot of positive reinforcement, then you got yourself a happy kiddie! Just make sure to equip them with the right tools that can help them learn more and make things easier for them such as these new tablets specifically made for kiddies. Learning has never been this fun as technology has made it easier for us to instill knowledge among youth.

 

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Even classrooms today find these devices useful in incorporating information amongst our children. It has become a prerequisite in most schools today to use these kinds of tools to make learning more fun for our kiddies. These tablets are installed with different apps that will surely teach our children basic lessons that they need to know in their pre-school years. Stop the idea of “kids hate school” and begin to believe more in “kids love school!” Add in your shopping cart these exciting kids school kit and make learning for them easy, exciting and extra fun! If you want to know more tips and ideas on prepping your kiddies to school, make sure you VISIT US now!

TV and Movies: Are they harmful for our kiddies?

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The recent movie Frozen was such a success that almost all kids know the song “Let It Go” and “Do You Want to Build A Snowman.” Don’t think that because the lead characters were girls, only girls can relate to the movies because the truth is, ALL kids loved it, even my nephews sing those songs while in the shower. But have you ever wondered what benefits ours kiddies get when they watch such movies or TV shows? There are many common and negative beliefs about children’s prolonged TV exposure such as it makes them lazy, seeing violence and it hampers intelligence. Despite these misconceptions and negative feedback surrounding TV and movies, our kiddies actually benefit from them in a lot of different forms depending on what they see and how often they watch it.

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Children love cartoons. The color vibrancy attracts their visual senses and the audio makes them excited. But what really makes them enjoy cartoons are the funny and likable characters. One good example is Dora the Explorer. She has a sweet voice, a friendly personality, a charming look and a likable character that even parents adore. This is why children enjoy watching such TV shows because they tend to look up to these characters and wanting to be like them. Another fun cartoon character is Diego. You’d find him in the TV show called Go, Diego, Go! He’s Dora’s cousin and his series originated from a spin-off of Dora the Explorer. He’s a young Latino-American who dwells on rescuing animals and saving the environment. Kiddies who love animals surely enjoy this show as they get to see tons of different breeds from the animal kingdom, teaching how to nurture them and why it is important to care for these beautiful creatures. Another personal favorite that I have is the Backyardigans. It is pre-school TV series about five animal children who see their backyard as an adventure place where magic happens. They all have different personalities that your kiddies will surely love. Their imaginations are fun, exciting and always creative and you will always see them fascinated in different adventures. As our kids watch these animated shows, what they don’t know is that we use these things “learning for children” method.

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Like the TV shows mentioned above, there are certain movies or television programs that can teach our kiddies social skills such as sharing, manners and etiquettes. They can learn how to interact with others positively and politely, greet others or even argue to express themselves. These films can also teach kids about morals, values and life lessons. Although it is vital to teach our children these important things, it has become an effective learning tools 4 kids to know the basics.

 

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Educational movies or TV shows enhance kiddies’ learning experience and for some who have difficulty to be motivated in school may have an easier grasp when watching such animated programs. Because there’s a wide variety of TV shows today that air regularly, children develop interest and learn what will inspire them to do more. They can discover many interesting subjects like art, animals, sports, science, history and hobbies which they will eventually nurture away from TV. Learning for children is never easy but as long as you keep them interested on what they are seeing or doing, then there’s a bigger chance for them to find it irresistible.

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Older kids on the other hand may watch international channels, historical TV programs, documentary shows and movies based on real events to teach them about cultures and other parts of the world. These types of visuals can lead them interested to knowing more about the government, fashion, art, religion, music, society and education. And for those parents who are having a hard time answering deeper questions and issues can use education videos to explain the topic. This may be a bold move or a sensitive approach but it opens opportunities for an honest opinion and discussion and is considered great learning tools 4 kids who always ask questions as they mature.

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Let us not forget that our focus is to let our kiddies have a fun way of learning and TV shows and movies are great ways to provide them with entertainment, relieve stress, offer relaxation and it’s also a great quality time for the family to enjoy as they get to bond while watching and talking about the shows afterward. Watching movies and TV shows are made easier today as you can easily download them through your computers, cellphones, tablets and other multimedia devices. Now you can watch their favorite TV shows, anywhere and anytime with just a few clicks from your gadgets. For more informative tools and tips about good parenting, CLICK HERE.

Why Storybooks Are Important to Children

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Have you ever wondered why your parents would always read you storybooks before we go to sleep when you were young? When I was little I always get excited about fairytale stories my mom would tell me before hitting the sack. Well, besides hearing great stories that really tickle my imagination, it actually makes our brain work by stimulating senses thinking these things are actually true and based on real events. Our imaginations start rolling and this helps us develop our neurons in response to what we perceive. So if you think reading story books for children is just a way to make them fall asleep, then you are mistaken. Story telling serves greater purpose in our children’s daily lives and it might sound simple for us parents, but this actually teaches them a lot in their early childhood education.

When kiddies become hooked to what they’ve heard, they tend to ask questions, they wonder, their brain functionality becomes more aggressive and these stories are encoded in their minds generating neurological pathways that develop their neurons. The development of synapses in children’s brain activity occurs at a tremendous rate during their early years in reaction to a young child’s experience in their environment. This is why reading story books for children is a good way to keep their minds from grasping information and to enhance the development of their neurological system. The early years of childhood is the most important stage of learning as the mind is susceptible to taking in all information based on their environment and their experiences. Kiddies learning to read is a process and there’s no general age on when they will be able to read a whole book or a single phrase. There are many factors leading to it such as their environment, who they interact with and the things they experience around them.
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Fairytale stories are always the way to go when ready for your kiddie as they go on adventures and the magical experience is a rollercoaster ride. They are easily amazed with dwarves, princesses, fairies and other non-earthly creatures that live in the fantasy world. A good way to know if your kiddies enjoyed their bedtime stories is when they keep asking you to read them over and over again and eventually, they would want to learn to read these books to themselves. Now this is where the process of kids learning to read occur. Good thing they are readily available E-books today that have a huge amount of collections of good storybooks and you can easily read them using your handy tablets and other modern devices where you can install them or download them.

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Kids learning to read is a great milestone in your child’s mental development. Encouraging them and giving good reinforcement is necessary to stimulate mental functions and creates brain connections. Through repetition, these connections build into networks that allow them to think and learn. There are many other benefits children get from this activity such as building listening skills wherein it increases a child’s attention span and develops the ability to concentrate. Kiddies also benefit from it by helping them express themselves in a manner of being creative while using their imaginations. When reading to your children regularly, it also helps them master language development whether it may be written or spoken. Together with this, the formulation of neurons develops and fosters a child’s natural curiosity expanding their horizons, introducing emotions, behavioral changes and exposing them to new situations. And perhaps the best part of reading books with lots of images to your kids is when they learn to appreciate illustrations and arts with their visuals. They learn more when they grasp information using their senses and it may take some time, little by little, but you can be sure that you are using a fun and exciting method.

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Get Your Kiddie Into Photography This Summer 2014

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The sun is high, temperature starts to get humid, and each day it becomes clear you really need a break from all the work. Summer is here! You’ve probably began writing your list of places to visit and things to try for your whole family. Why not have your kiddies educated in photography this 2014? Might as well assign them to capture memories of your latest escapades, yeah?

Trust me, parents, no kiddie would say no to having their first, very own camera and taught about the basics of photography. If you believe your child is of age to handle a costly capturing device, here’s how to get started with teaching your kiddie to get snappy:

Choosing a camera for your kiddie

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Let’s start with the device. Would you need a digital, SLR, or Point and Shoot? There are many pros and cons to consider for each type of camera. Cheapest of these three is the Point and Shoot, which you can also bring anywhere since it features automatic focus. On the other hand, it may frustrate your aspiring photographer as it produces lousy photos without offering manual settings for those neat effects.

A digital camera is a better option than the point and shoot. Other than letting users see the photos right away, it also allows faster uploading to PC with no printing costs. Getting one for your kiddie, however, may require you to shell out more cash if you want a unit that produces high resolution photos.

SLRs are the most expensive of the three types. These manual cameras, however, are what I believe, the real deal. Consider buying for your kiddie an investment, for you to really mold them into becoming a skilled and renowned photographer at a young age. SLR lets its users create the exact look they want. You just have to teach your kiddie how to take good care of the device for it to last until it becomes vintage, though.

Getting Started

It all begins with composing a shot. After getting your kiddie a camera, let them take shots of everything and anything. Tell your child to shoot from different angles until it becomes clear what looks best. Have them look into texture and get as creative as they can be. Slowly, introduce your kiddie about light exposure until they can figure out what kind of lighting works best for different subjects on their own.

Developing Your Kiddie’s Masterpiece

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Have your kiddie’s greatest shots developed in a photo lab or printed if taken with a digital camera. This lets them see the fruits of their labor and get them to love photography even more. Guide them to not feel discouraged if most of the photos aren’t perfect and remind that practice makes perfect. You never stop learning with photography, you just get better!

Here are more tips from the pros you have to share with your kiddies:

  • Use pets with different behaviors as subjects.
  • Be sure first with what you’re looking at before you click.
  • Avoid having your subjects in the center.
  • Use natural light.
  • Frame the horizon so it’s not in the middle of the picture.
  • Try something new from time to time.
  • Note that the best pictures have interesting elements that fill the whole photo.
  • Take pictures that are meaningful to you.

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Whatever camera type you choose, I suggest you buy a protector case to make it last long (especially in the hands of little children). Enjoy summer and take as much snaps as you can with your kiddies, parents! 

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About Communication Skills, Language Development, Technology & Autism

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If I were to boast of my specialties, I’d say I’m forever thankful to my parents for raising me into a woman with great communication skills. This special talent has helped me a lot in different areas of life and has taken me to wondrous places. Being able to express myself well and get my point across in dealings always helped me have what I want – it kept me happy.

This is why I want my child to be as good as I, or even better, when it comes to communicating with others. You too, right? Fortunately, there are now many smart devices available in the Philippine market proven to help kiddies develop good communications skills, even those with autism. These modern tools can serve as great aid for kiddies’ social development along with positive interactions.

Interactions Kiddies Need

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According to Nicole Gardner-Neblett and Kathleen Cranley Gallagher, researchers at the UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, “The interactions children have with adults influence early brain growth and learning, giving early childhood educators a crucial opportunity to provide children with interactions that can support language and communication.”

With this, you should understand the importance of your kiddie’s interactions with early childhood educators. Unless you homeschool your child, make sure that the school where you enroll them at teaches how to express oneself through gestures and facial expressions. Your kiddies need to learn how to understand others, most importantly.

Kathleen Gallagher added, “When teachers provide children with higher levels of language stimulation during the first years of life, children in turn have better language skills.”When teachers ask children questions, respond to their vocalizations, and engage in other positive talk, children learn and use more words.”

Keep these in mind before you choose a school for your little one. Take time to know the teachers and check their syllabus. In a polite way, ask how they facilitate interactions, if they prioritize language and social development, and some of the educational tools they use.

Autism and Smart Devices

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Language development is different when it comes to kiddies with special needs. Expressing oneself and engaging with others might be difficult for most autistic children. Fortunately, a recent Canadian research suggested that smart technologies such as touch devices may serve as therapeutic tools for these kiddies.

According to Rhonda McEwen, assistant professor of Communication Culture and Information Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga in Ontario, “Using the touch devices, the study participants demonstrated knowledge gathered throughout their education that could not be elicited via traditional assessment means that rely on verbal communication.”

The professor added how the use of smart devices resulted to peer-to-peer social interaction among participants. Parents of autistic kiddies attested to how much their children enjoy using these technologies. Autism experts, on the other hand, acclaimed the effort to unlock technology’s potential.

As parents, we all want success for our kiddies. We want them to reach places and achieve their most impossible goals in life, through excellent communications skills. This is why we should be responsible in doing our part as their first teachers and in choosing a good institution for their primary education. Especially for parents of kiddies with more delicate needs, we have to make the most of what technology offers today. There are many kiddie tablets sold in the market that serve as effectively educational and engaging aids for learning, for children of all ages.

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How Technology in the Classroom Defines Good Learning Experience for Kiddies

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Last week, I visited my dentist who’s also a close friend and heard her discuss with her kiddies the new policy in their school. “No more notebooks, just laptops,” said her daughter. Considering how we depend on gadgets today, I still got surprised that this is now a thing. But come to think of it parents, how has technology changed the lives of today’s students, really?

The Internet used to be limited in both what it could do and who can use it. Not everyone had a clue what it was after hearing about its invention. Today, teachers and students probably could not push through a lesson without it. In just a short time, the Internet became an integral part of every student’s life. The use of technology even became the standard for good learning.

Good learning defined

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According to some resources on the web, good learning involves kiddies enjoying what they do and having a say on how their learning develops. Also, it should give room for feedback, in which the students can raise their need for further explanations. It has to allow students to apply skills and knowledge to different situations using various methodologies as well. Moreover, it should be visually motivating, challenging, involving practical lessons, and giving room for creativity.

Technology also helps in the learning process of kids at home. There are various products available in the market, from e-learning tablets for young ones, down to tech products for older students.

With the things mentioned above, you can say using technology to teach kiddies in schools truly defines good learning. Here’s how schools integrate technology for children:

Research

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This is the primary reason students use the Internet in education. There is a wealth of info open to students, even those obscure topics required for research in the library. In China, for example, the site Lecture Outline Series for the History of China, allows students to research directly off this page and present their findings.

These websites serve as knowledge banks where student can get information instantly. You see how efficient studying would be if your kiddies have their own laptop or tablet? They can research on their “digital library”, find answers fast, and accomplish more school tasks than they could with the help of the traditional library.

One concern, however, is the quality of information found online. It is important that teachers help students identify credible resources. As parents, teach this to your kiddies, as this is something they will do until they grow up and get promoted to higher education level. Next is citation. Your children have to understand the seriousness of using one’s idea even if it was posted on the web. Introduce to them how to make citations and give authors the credit they deserve.

Simulation

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Simulation in the classroom has been uncommon despite many teachers’ reports on how kiddies of the new generation enjoy online work and simulated activities. Technology in the form of e-learning products available in the market effectively helps children learn about collaboration, group work, real-life problem solving, decision-making, and the like. What simulation offers is a somewhat risk-free environment, in which learners can experiment, make mistakes, rethink, and redesign — all without the fear of destroying something that can’t be easily refilled in a traditional setting.

Online Assessments

Teachers also benefit greatly from today’s technology. Effortlessly, they can create their own tests online on their own website. Students, on the other hand, will benefit from the convenience they get when answering exams now than before. They can even do it wherever they are. To top it off, checking can now be done in no time, as well as the computation of grades and updating of class record.

Now you see the convenience and overall improvement brought about by technology in the classroom. Indeed, it makes things easier and more precise for everyone. Technology in the classroom defines good learning experience, as it allows students to experiment, rethink, and remake without the fear of destroying something indispensable.

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Gifted Kids Are Born, Smart Children Are Taught, But Intelligent Kiddies Are Made

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Long before you have decided to get married and have a baby, you hoped to have a gifted kiddie you’d be proud of,right? So now that you’re in the actual stage of this challenging yet fulfilling endeavor, you wonder if smart children are born and not made. Well, let me tell you that the power to raise an intelligent child lies in you and your partner’s dedication to do your part as responsible parents.

Notice how I used gifted, smart, and intelligent interchangeably. These three words all mean the same thing, referring to being exceptional and superior. However, in the real world of child rearing, gifted is more of talent, smart of cleverness and wit, and intelligent is of academic performance.

While gifted children are born with their unique talent, and smart children successfully acquired cleverness and wit through experiences, intelligent kiddies owe it to their parents. Here are ways on how to raise intelligent children you’ll surely be proud to call your living legacies.

Nurture your kiddie’s love for reading

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According to research, kiddies who read develop a lifelong interest in the activity, enabling them to do well in school and succeed in adulthood. Start reading a story to your toddler every night until they learn to read on their own. Other than giving your kids a good impression about reading, it also serves as a head start to develop language skills.

In today’s world of modern technology, you can give your kiddies their portion of innovation with tech products that serve as aids for reading. Opt for one preloaded with apps that feature the perfect approach to kids of all ages. Search the web for e-learning gadgets available in the Philippine market.

Praise efforts not inborn gifts

Praise your child’s efforts to study and learn instead of paying too close attention to their inborn gifts. If you do the latter, they’ll tend to choose easy tasks and avert any challenge that can damage their reputation of being smart. Challenge is crucial and they need it to grow, along with failing every now and then. Failing, on the other than hand, shows that a person sets goals that are high enough. Your kiddie needs to experience both so as to achieve anything worthwhile in life.

After praising your kiddie’s effort, don’t forget to reward them with a healthy gift (such as favorite food or school item) whenever they have new achievements from learning and studying hard.

Provide your kiddies with the right meals

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In a report published last year in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, experts mentioned that the first effective way to boost child’s intelligence is by supplementing their diet with fish oil. In infancy and childhood, the amount of the Omega-3 DHA or fish oil is closely tied to intelligence and cognitive performance. Do your job as a responsible parent by giving your kiddies meals with great amounts of fish oil more frequently.

In addition, provide your kids with vitamins perfect for their age, fresh fruits with every meal if possible, and vegetables for more balanced and intelligence-boosting meals.

Recognize the positive effects of physical activities

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Let your kids out of the house to play. More than developing social skills as they play with other kiddies, it also promotes foundation for intellectual, physical, and emotional skills. They will learn to combine impressions, feelings, and ideas. Play is also a great way to exercise and increase blood flow to the brain to build new brain cells. It helps develop mental sharpness other than strong bones.

Monitor daily activities and technology use

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In this age of technology, your child may prefer to stay inside the house to play video games or log in to social media over any activity. As parents, it is your responsibility to regulate their tech use by monitoring daily activities and setting a good example. Doing this will also instill self-discipline. Furthermore, explain also that technology and devices were invented to improve life for everyone, not to encourage children to depend on it in any unhealthy way. For balanced learning and holistic development, teach your child to allocate time to physical and e-learning activities.

Kiddies can be gifted, smart, intelligent, or all of these three. Intelligence, however, is the only one completely dependent on how you perform as a parent. Cling to the passion and dedication you have, follow the guidelines mentioned above, and raise intelligent kiddies who will be worth all the effort you’ve invested.

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Boost your Kiddies’ Early Literacy Skills through Technology

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Reading is a gateway to future success in school and in life. Strong literacy skills are closely linked to the probability of having a good job, decent earnings, self-improvement, and access to training opportunities. Individuals with weak literacy skills are more likely to be unemployed or, if employed, to be in jobs that pay little or that offer poor hours or working conditions.

It is crucial to start early if we are to develop the skills our children need to be successful. The National Institute for Literacy identified the five most important skills to learn in the early years as: Alphabet knowledge, Phonological awareness, Rapid automatized naming, Writing letters and phonological memory. Here are ways you can use technology to help improve these precursor literacy skills:

Image1) Alphabet Knowledge. The ability to know about the names and sounds associated with printed letters. Use the keyboard to lead your child into recognizing letters of the alphabet. To make it extra exciting for your child, make the teaching session seem like a game. Propose a race in typing the ABC (in order). Let him beat you by a split second to motivate your child!

2) Phonological Awareness. The ability to detect and manipulate the auditory aspects of a spoken word. Sound out the letters as your child uses the keyboard. Start by letting your child type out her name and the names of your family members. Let her spell simple words as you sound out the letters, like M-A-T or D-O-G.

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3) Phonological Memory. The ability to remember content of spoken language for a short period of time. Download an application with nursery rhymes and children’s songs. Help your child memorize these rhymes. As your child becomes more familiar with sounds and rhymes, open up a word processing program and write a simple word, such as NET. Let your child type as many rhyming words as possible (GET, LET, PET). Make finer distinctions and build new words by inserting or changing sounds. Focus on left to right eye movement as you rhyme, since both of these skills will be a big help with reading readiness.

images (1)4) Writing letters. Download a drawing or painting app. Drawing is a precursor to writing. Ask him to draw what he did that day. Let him dictate the story to you. Let him sign his name on his art work. As he becomes more familiar with the alphabet letters, download apps that teach your child letter tracing.

5. Rapid Automatized Naming. The ability to quickly name aloud colors, objects, pictures, and letters presented in random. Download applications that present symbols and illustrations to your child. Observe y how quickly your child is able to identify these representations. Speed may be a good indicator of reading competence.

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