Month: July 2012

What should my child know prior second grade

Before getting to second grade children need to polish their reading and writing skills that were introduced in the kindergarten and grade first. When children reach grade second, they begin to ask “why” all over again and they are much more likely to understand the answers then ever before. Here are a few instructions that you need to follow if your child is going into grade second. INSTRUCTIONS: Your child must be able to write his first and last name correctly by using the correct capital and lower –case letters. Try to make your child learn to speak and write home address and phone number. You also need to ensure that your child can read the first hundred basic sight words. Many lists can be found over the internet, just type “free sightword lists” in your favorite search engine and you will have them all. Some website have the lists available with the grade level. Also make sure that your child can write numbers to 100 as well. They must be able to say the numbers too. Teach your child to tell time to the hour and half hour in both analog and digital clocks. Make your child practice the values of coins, like half dollar, quarter, nickel, dime and penny. Child must know the days of week and the months of year in the correct order, also should...

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What should my child know prior first grade

There are definitely many things that your child needs to have grasped of prior to first grade. It is quite obvious that some children might be able to learn and remember the entire things taught prior to grade one, while others may not catch up or remember for longer period of time. The more familiar your child would be with these concepts and the ideas the better. It would be quite helpful to the child when he/she gets to first grade, things would become quite easier then. First and the most essential thing for your child is to have a good command over the language. Make sure that your children have had various educational experiences in terms of language. These experiences may include oral language practice, vocabulary and various others language concepts. Child must be able to explain and use words to describe what is happening to them. They must also know different colors and shapes. Kids should be able to categories things, like animals, furniture, buildings, and plants. Make your child learn that they books or stories that they read must be read from left to right. At this stage, it’s important that your child knows that the spaces in between words are used to separate words from on another. A child must be aware of the basic speech sounds. For instance, if a child speaks a word...

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What should my child know prior to Kindergarten?

Children start learning from the moment they are born. They start absorbing information very quickly. Childhood development studies have proved that more then 90 percent of the child’s brain develops before the age of 5. Parents are the major teachers of children and they can make sure that learning a few important skills would contribute their child’s future success in school. Here in this article you would come to know about several skills that your child needs to have before entering into kindergarten. Keep in mind that developing children need to have these skills by the age of 5 or 6. There are also pre-k guidebooks available that can help parents know what their child should know prior to entering kindergarten. Children under the age of 5 needs to have the following skills before they join kindergarten: Math Skills:  You kid must be able to classify toys into categories. He/she must be able to count to 10. Encourage your child to count numbers. Also make your child recognize different sizes. Your child must be able to grasp concepts like more, less, bigger, smaller, first and last. Science Skills: The child must have the ability to use and understand all the five senses. For instance it’s important that they know the difference between hot and cold, and how a flower smells and a shoe smells. You should also make your...

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What children should learn in Pre-K?

Nowadays it has become a common trend to send children in preschool before the age of 3. Studies have also proved that working moms can send their kids to preschool for better learning. This is the most important stage of every child where they start the learning. Many parents wonder what their children should learn in the preschool. There are many preschools that start teaching contents like structures and functions of the brain. At this stage the kids are really young however their teachers strongly believe that the children are learning and understanding the content. Remember 90 percent of the child’s brain develops within the age of 5 years, so these first few years of children are very crucial. For most of the children, preschool is their first experience in an organized setting with teachers and group of children. They get an opportunity to learn and share may things among them. Slowly they begin to follow the instructions given by their teacher. They build a foundation and prepare themselves for the elementary school. Kids are not taught anything technical in the preschools; however they help to promote the children socially and emotionally. For any learning to take place, it is important that the children feel comfortable and he is well-cared. This is the stage where a 3 years old child begins to develop trusty relationship outside his/her family. Many...

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Importance of teaching Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy eating habits play a significant role in staying fit and healthy. Teaching your children healthy eating habits means to keep them at a healthy weight. The healthy eating habits that your children learn would help them maintain a healthy lifestyle for their entire remaining life. One of the most important things that contribute to healthy eating is cutting down of unnecessary fat intake. There are several ways to reduce the amount of fat intake, eating nonfat dairy products, poultry without skin, lean meats, low-fat or fat- free breads and cereals. Once your kids get use to eating low fat or non fat food, they start staying healthy. Though it is never difficult for a mother to decide what is healthy for her kids and what is not. Even then if you face any issue or you are not sure of certain thing, you can consult a doctor and he would help you know how to prepare a variety of foods for your family. For this matter it is better if you see a dietitian for the nutrition counseling. It is very important that you do not place your child on a preventive diet, until and unless your doctor has said so for any medical reasons. Never put your children at a restrictive diet in order to lose weight.  However there are a few other healthy eating habits that...

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