Cutting Up - Part 2: Positioning and Snipping

Cutting Up - Part 2: Positioning and Snipping

In our last post, we explored the different types of scissors available for young children and talked about setting up some safety guidelines so that you can be more comfortable with your child using scissors at home. Now, let's delve into the how-to's.

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Cutting Up: A Guide To Teaching Scissor Skills

Cutting Up: A Guide To Teaching Scissor Skills

Teaching a child to use scissors can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be scary. And, it can be lots of fun for both of you. After years of working with young children, I have come up with a few tips to make the process easier—and safer— for both of you.

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Why Learn About Birds?

Why Learn About Birds?

Children are naturally curious about birds, and other animals, and are usually excited to be able to learn about them close-up. Because there are so many different types of birds, seeing them in their natural habitats is quite easy.

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Favorite Alphabet Toys and Books

Favorite Alphabet Toys and Books

Over the past couple of weeks, we have covered a lot of information regarding teaching children the alphabet. Along the way, I have shared some activities to help you work with your child and hope that you have found a few things that both of you enjoy. In this last post of the series, I wanted to share a few of my favorite alphabet books, as well as some commercially available games/toys, as well.

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Learning the ABC's - Sounds of the Letters

Learning the ABC's - Sounds of the Letters

Chances are, as your child has been learning the names of the letters and what they look like, they have also picked up some of the sounds as well. The following are fun activities for kids that will help reinforce learning the sounds of the letters

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Learning the ABC’s - Matching Capital to Lower-Case Letters

Learning the ABC’s - Matching Capital to Lower-Case Letters

As children are learning the names of the letters, they often begin connecting the capital letters to their corresponding lower-case letters, as well. There are tons of worksheets available online to work on this skill, but playing games is much more developmentally appropriate and more fun, too! 

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Learning the ABC’s - Naming the Letters

Learning the ABC’s - Naming the Letters

In the midst of all the playing and matching and pointing to letters, your child is likely to begin naming the letters as well. While associating the names of letters with the symbol does not really enable you to read (you need to know the sounds to do that), it does make spelling and other skills much easier, and it is part of the natural progression of learning to read.

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Learning the ABC’s - Identifying Letters by Pointing

Learning the ABC’s - Identifying Letters by Pointing

After your child is able to match letters, it is time to move to the next step. Identifying letters by pointing as they are called out is a much higher level skill, so it may take longer for your child to master, but also signifies that they actually know the letter, so it is quite an accomplishment!

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