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New Horizon Academy CEO Chad Dunkley recently attended an early childhood conference in Baltimore. At the conference, a professor from Georgetown University spoke about recent research on brain development. She spoke to the importance of serve and return.
For two years running, Minnesota Children’s Museum has been a hot spot for Amber, Tyler and their two kids – a daughter (5) and son (2). They have two cats too, although the furbabies stay home when this central Minnesota family makes the trip to the museum.
It’s all natural, easy to find, fun to take and totally addictive in a good way. It’s called “real play” and your family doctor may soon remind you to make sure your children get a healthy dose of it every day. In a new clinical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics confirms that play is a powerful teacher.
I spend a lot of time talking with parents, many of them worried about school readiness. Parents know that their child will be measured, in some way, early in the school year to assess readiness. This measurement, this readiness thing, has created lots of anxiety for parents. I want to ease your mind about the summer slide and school readiness.
August is here, which means the start of school and cooler weather is on the horizon. To help you make the most of this final month of summer break, we’ve compiled a list of 11 open-ended activities that exercise both body and mind.
First the good news: When kids play, they grow and learn. Their brains develop. They figure out how to solve problems. They flex their creativity. They learn to speak, listen and understand. All of this happens naturally and automatically. That’s the power of play.
When kids tell me that they are bored, I usually ask them to wait until I can find a chair so I can sit down while they tell me all about it. I want them to know how interested I am in their boredom, considering they are in a classroom full of friends and activities. They usually do not hang around long enough to tell me their woes because the underlying message is clear: their boredom is their responsibility.
Our goal at the museum was simple – to create a series of videos that bring to life tips that parents can use to enhance the learning that happens when their kids play. We wanted to do something different than we have in the past. We wanted to get away from a talking head-type video and get more creative and more engaging. Enter Pixel Farm, an award-winning creative studio based in Minneapolis.
Our children give us a gazillion reasons to capture moments with pictures on a daily basis. And when we snap that pic, what is often the very first thing they say? “Let me see!” Or, if not talking yet they likely just stomp right over and snatch the camera out of your hand to take a look-see for themselves. While today’s societal standard of “instant gratification” is appreciated on one hand, it also can mean a more uphill battle for learning how to persevere when things take a little longer or don’t go as expected on the other.
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