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From an early age, children are attracted to the rhythmic sounds of poems, songs, chants and stories that rhyme.  But rhyming for preschoolers is much more than just delightful fun and is an essential part of their development. Why is Rhyming Important for Preschoolers? Rhyming is a key pre-reading skill leading into kindergarten and first …

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Here are some fun, simple pre-reading skills activities for preschoolers that are fun for home or school. What is Pre-Reading? Before any child can learn to read well and become a competent speller, five pre-reading skills must be mastered in order to lay a proper foundation. Pre-reading skills are important as they set children up to …

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One of the most useful activities you can do every day while reading to your children at story time or bedtime, is to question them meaningfully in order to develop thinking skills. Through the use of some very basic types of open-ended questions, you will have your children thinking, analyzing, predicting, comparing, deciding, giving opinions …

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Asking kids questions with open ends provides helpful information about their critical thinking skills.  Here is a look at what they are, the benefits of asking open-ended questions in early childhood and some examples to use at home and school with your kids. What are Open-Ended Questions? Open-ended questions are those things we ask our …

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Would You Rather is a wonderful game for engaging young children and teaching them to think and reason. Play it at home, in class, while driving or prepping dinner. This is a fun collection of Would You Rather questions for preschoolers, kindergarteners and even older kids. It’s fun for all ages, including adults, so be …

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Early childhood is the best time to begin building early literacy skills through play. Children must develop certain skills prior to learning to read in order to build a good foundation on which to learn formal skills.  Here’s some info on what early literacy is and how to develop it in 3-5-year-olds; 17 early literacy …

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Learning to write is a process that starts long before a child can hold a pencil and write letters. If you’re wondering how to teach preschoolers to write, the answer may surprise you… We shouldn’t really be teaching preschoolers to write formally. Instead, we should be teaching them important foundational skills, called pre-writing skills. Here …

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Critical thinking is a valuable skill and one that young children should be actively taught. The best way to teach this to preschoolers and kindergarteners is through play activities, discussions and stories. In this article, I’ll share some basic critical thinking activities for kids. What is Critical Thinking? Critical thinking is one of the higher-order …

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Here are some awesome name-writing activities for preschool kids to try at home or school. Ditch the boring tracing sheets and workbooks and try some of these real, hands-on learning experiences. How to Teach Children to Write Their Names Remember these five principles when practising name writing with young kids. They are all important for …

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Childhood is a time filled with excitement and wonder. It is also a period in which kids learn a great deal, in order to develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally.  Strong listening skills are connected to all four of these areas.  Here’s why listening is important and how to develop this skill with simple ideas. …

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Strong listening skills are very important during early childhood and can easily be developed through fun activities and games.  One fun idea to try with your kindergartners and preschoolers is a ‘following directions drawing activity’. This means children must listen to your instructions and draw what you are telling them to draw. These can be …

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Writing is a process that begins long before a child forms letters with a pencil. It involves building pre-writing skills during preschool, which are necessary for a child to be able to master letter formation and pencil control. Read on to find out about the importance of pre-writing skills for preschoolers and what simple activities …

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