Author: Sensory Edge

Realistic New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers

A resolution can be best used to determine if your teaching methods are working or if you need to make a change.  A resolution is simply a firm decision to do something new or not do something you’ve been doing in the past.  For teachers to make their goals achievable, they need to make realistic new year’s resolutions. What are you New Year’s resolutions for this upcoming year? Is it time to reassess your teaching methods?  What is your teaching style?  Your teaching style is the precise method that you and only you are using.   Is your classroom...

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Does Using Bad Words Hurt Children?

photo credit: Most parents attempt to guard their children from being exposed to cursing, and children are often disciplined or admonished if they are caught using swear words. The federal government looks to shelter kids from being exposed to cursing through censoring language in TV shows, especially when kids could be watching. The psychological analysis of swearing is fairly new.  Researchers have observed that swearing tends to surge when it involves deep emotions. Hit your thumb with a hammer, make a big mistake, or get startled or angry, and even the most well-mannered and respectful person will probably curse. Researchers propose that cursing...

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When You Should tell Kids the Truth about Santa

photo credit: Even if you haven’t actively nurtured your children’s acceptance of the legend of Santa Claus, odds are good, thanks to the plethora of Christmas TV specials and holiday marketing, that they believe in Santa.  And while the fantasy is fun for everyone, eventually you have to think about when you should tell kids the truth about Santa. How do you recognize when it’s time to let your kids in on the big mystery of Santa? There’s actually no one exact time to tell kids that there’s no Santa Claus.  The important thing is to take your...

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Trending in Toys: STEM Toys for Girls

photo credit: This holiday season has caused an abundance of new STEM toys to be on the market that specifically target girls. While there have been dolls in the past that highlight female scientists, the new STEM toys are tech toys that are meant to help nurture girls’ development in STEM. Do girls require different STEM toys then boys? Girls seem to respond better to building with intention.  One example of this is the ieBlox.  This is a construction toy that came out a couple years ago that has a bit of a girly feel to it.  It is colorful...

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What Autism Feels Like

If you’ve never experienced it firsthand, you may not know what autism feels like, but it can feel a bit like you’re out of sync with the world.  Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder that is described as someone having fluctuating degrees of problems with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and sensory processing. Did you know that a person on the autism spectrum can also suffer from extreme sensitivity? Most people understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a condition affecting communication and social interaction, but many people with this condition can have sensory sensitivity, or sensory integration problems as well....

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