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Toddler and Potty/Toilet Training 

by Teacher Nancy Sivilai Toddlers  age 1 ½ to  2 years usually start being introduced or get potty/toilet training.   Some are introduced to potty training or sitting on a potty others prefer toilet training with a child’s trainer seat that clips onto the toilet which makes your child free

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Children and Cooking: The Interest Is Awakened

‘I want to cut the carrots! And stir the soup too! But I can’t reach the pot, I cannot see!’ What is only well-intentioned on the part of the child and shows a genuine interest in preparing meals can quickly become a chaotic affair in the kitchen in hectic everyday

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Ways to Increase Student’s Attention Span 

By Teacher Ravisara What is an Attention Span? Attention or concentration span is a child’s ability to give attention to the specific task. It requires blocking out all distractions and other stimuli – such as sound (from the room next door), visuals (things hanging in the room, or anything outside

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Encouraging Creativity From A Young Age

By Teacher Shannon Creativity, what is it and why is it important? There may be many factors that come to your mind when you think of creativity. Most people may think of artists such as painters, actors, dancers, etc., when in reality, creativity is an incredibly valuable life skill for

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Challenging Behaviour in Toddlers and Young Children

Picture this: A 3 year old is screaming and throwing toys across the room. She slaps at her caregiver as they try to pick her up.  Is this normal or should we be concerned? We need to first understand what  “typical” or developmentally appropriate behaviour to expect from children according

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Social Interactions in Toddlers

By Teacher Shannon Starting from birth, social interaction is a large part of a child’s life. Babies are never left alone or unsupervised. Young children need the comfort of a familiar face nearby if not right next to them. This is an important part of the development of children to

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How to Improve Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten

By Teacher Ravisara What Is Reading Comprehension?  Reading Comprehension is a child’s ability to understand and interpret what they are reading. In order to succeed with reading comprehension, children need to decode their text and make links between what they have read and what they already know.  Reading Recommendations for

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Toddlers and Play

by Teacher Nancy D. Sivilai   Through play young toddlers develop their social, emotional, physical, intellectual, moral and creativity strengths.  The word play might be understood as not doing anything of value or without a serious purpose, as often it is not teacher-directed and there is no end product to display. 

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 Is it ok to have an imaginary friend?

 What is an imaginary friend? Imaginary friends can be other children, animals, a toy that has come to life, or any other kind of imaginary companion. Children may have more than one friend and they may change frequently or remain the same for varied periods of time.  When do most

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Supporting Children in Taking Healthy Risks

By Teacher Shannon One of the best ways to learn is to make a mistake. Learning to not only make mistakes but to also learn from them without getting angry is a lifelong endeavour. As adults it is important to be able to support children in situations where mistakes may

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Language Development for Toddlers

by Nancy D. Sivilai Language Development for Toddlers by Nancy D. Sivilai It is important to have an idea of how language develops in children.  Language is developing since before birth as the baby hears his/her mother’s voice.  After birth, the family will be teaching language to their child by

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Let your child be bored!

Spending quality time with your children is important, but should you feel that you need to keep your child entertained all day long? The answer may surprise you… it can be good for kids to experience boredom sometimes, and providing the conditions for quality free play is more important than

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The Importance of Sensory Play

By Teacher Shannon Children at a young age have an incredible amount of curiosity and learn mostly through discovery. Providing young children with the opportunity to explore through play can benefit them tremendously. Sensory Play is anything that engages use of their senses including sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, balance,

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The Power of Parental Involvement

By Teacher Ravisara When it’s time for parents / guardians  to send their child to school, they wish for their child to succeed and be happy. One of the keys to achieving this is through great communication and collaboration with their school. Having great parental involvement has proven to be

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Choosing Books for Toddlers by Nancy Sivilai

As a teacher of toddler age children, I find that working with young children you need to consider their development level as you select story books for toddlers.  Young toddlers have short attention spans even when it comes to reading books.  Therefore, when selecting books for toddlers I would encourage

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The Benefits of Having Classroom Jobs for Students

Assigning classroom jobs to students encourages them to learn about responsibility and being part of a community. The entire class thrives when meaningful classroom jobs are given to students, and they are encouraged to be contributing members of the classroom. The benefits of effective classroom management extend to academic-related outcomes,

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Toddlers and Separation Anxiety 

Our Toddler class is beginning a new stage of growth as they are having their first time at school without their parents or primary guardians.  The children are learning that separation is only temporary and we find the children feel anxious and upset when their parents or primary caregivers leave

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Picky Eaters: Common Causes and How to Support Them

Picky eating is a common behaviour in early childhood, with  the peak prevalence occurring at about age 3 years.  Although there may be many reasons why a child may not want to eat a certain food or eat at all at certain times there are some common reasons for resisting

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The Power of Books

By Teacher Shannon Learning to read can feel like such a daunting task for so many children as well as their parents. While I think we can all agree that reading is important in order to be a part of the world, the love of books can be encouraged long

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Tips & Ideas For Parent-Teacher Communications

The start of an academic year may feel intimidating but don’t worry, we’re here to help you make this a smooth transition! Parent-Teacher communication is key to getting parents involved in their child’s education and life outside of their home. Parent involvement may result in better school behaviours and improved

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