Friday, October 21, 2011


Have you ever wondered why kids need to practice using scissors, other than to learn to be really safe that is? Children are taught to practice scissor skills or scissor cutting to strengthen hand muscles and coordination for later skills such as writing. Fine motor skills (those skills that involve the small muscle movements of his hands and fingers in coordination with his eyes) are developed through cut and paste activities. Be sure to practice scissor skills when your child is not tired. Choose a time of day when you and your child are relaxed. Some kids will ask for help if the task is too hard, so make sure you find scissor skills that are not too difficult. After all, the child needs the practice using scissors, not you. Check out this site for great ideas for scissor skill practice. Wow! School can be fun can’t it? Be sure to let your little one in on this secret.

Friday, October 7, 2011


Studies have indicated how crucial early child development is to becoming a life-long learner. From newborn to age six, 75% of a child’s brain growth is completed. Most reputable online resources use technology and lessons created by certified teachers to help facilitate development in the early years.
To help children grow and develop to their full potential, many parents enroll children in classes or online schools at the preschool level. That is not always necessary or good for the child. Some children are not ready to begin formal learning at such a tender, young age. Waiting until kindergarten age can be just as good.

While brain growth is rapid up until age six, who is to say that “formal” learning is required in order for the child to be successful later in life? Do you realize how much learning is accomplished in everyday living? When you read to your child, they are learning. When you talk to your child about the flowers you just planted, they are learning. When you ask questions after watching their favorite show, they are learning. Children benefit from down-time as much as adults do. Formal learning comes soon enough.