Author: Sensory Edge

Put Your Child On The Path To Early Reading Success

A child who learns to read well possesses the single most important tool for educational success.Phonemic awareness is the key to beginning reading success. To put it simply, phonemics involves being able to understand that words are broken down into parts and sounds. If a child can learn to associate a letter visually with the sound that letter makes, then they can learn to sound out unfamiliar words one syllable at a time. Early reading success will give your children the confidence and self esteem they need to carry them through their academic experience. The Letters & Sounds Wall Poster by Alphagram is a terrific and inexpensive way to help your pre-schooler begin making the letter-sound connections that will lead them to early reading success. The entire alphabet is represented with pictures to match each letter sound. Common consonant teams such as ch, th and sh, as well as vowel sounds are also covered on this handy reading success tool. The Ready Set Read! Reading Program by Alphagram is filled with games and ideas that will make reading success fun to achieve. Spending as little as twenty minutes a day working this program with your pre-school or kindergarten aged child can boost early reading success dramatically. What better way is there to reinforce letter identification and reading success than with the Handwriting Without Tears Pre-K Program. While children actually...

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Therapy Balls Provide Developmental Fun

Everyone knows that children love playing with balls, but did you know that therapy balls can actually help with your child’s physical development? Therapy balls are used in different ways to assist muscle tone development, and body orientation for better balancing skills. Babies that have recently learned to sit up can strengthen their back muscles with the subtle shifting required to reach out for colorful therapy balls. Older children who lack balance and muscle tone are helped by sitting on therapy balls. The constant muscle adjustment needed to keep the therapy balls in place actually helps the muscles strengthen, and teaches the body how to keep itself properly aligned. The Sit-n-Gym Stability Ball is a therapy ball with small legs to provide a little extra stability. Children can become accustomed to the feel of the therapy ball while using the legs, and then turn the therapy ball on it’s side to receive the full benefits of muscular-skeletal strengthening. Gymnic Physiorolls are staples in many physical therapy facilities across the country. The peanut shape limits the rolling movement to backwards and forwards while allowing the therapist work side by side with the patient. You can work side by side with your own child, or just let them have fun playing with these therapy balls on their own, knowing how good it is for their muscle coordination. Therapy balls are wonderful...

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The Seven Keys to Child Obedience By: Anthony Kane, MD

Learning obedience is an important part of child development. This is the tool that allows you as parents to train your child. Through obedience your child will learn self-control and develop other positive character traits that he will need as an adult. However, obedience cannot be forced upon the child. Parents who simply command their children will foster resentment, which will eventually lead to rebellion. In fact, some researchers feel that poor parenting techniques contribute to the development of oppositional defiant disorder in some children. Although you can punish a child for not obeying, this will not foster any long-term obedience. When the child reaches his teen years and becomes more independent, punishment will only serve to destroy the already faltering parent child relationship. Our goal then is not to force our children to obey us, but to get them to want to obey us. This willingness to obey will only come about if the parent’s commands are based upon seven principles. 1-Loving Concern for the Child A child knows quickly whether a parent’s demands are for the sake of the child or for the personal convenience of the parent. If the parent’s primary motive for giving orders is to make his own life easier, then the child learns to place his own interests first, also. If you want to be successful in raising your child, then your reason...

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Play And Learn The Fun Way With Educational Toys

While it may seem that young children simply play all day, it’s really much more than that and educational toys can really enrich your child’s play time. Play is extremely important to a young child’s development process. It is how they learn early cognitive skills; how to take in information, organize it and act on it to solve problems, so educational toys are important. You can aid your child’s development by observing what they like to play with and then providing appropriate educational toys to suite them. Lace and Learn Fine Motor Toy Toddlers will get a lot of fun and sensory input with educational toys like the Deluxe Mini Play Cube. The Deluxe Mini Play Cube provide tons of sensory input as children play with the gears, abacus, path finders and so much more on these educational toys. Parents will also be happy to know that this innovative educational toy is self-contained, so no loose parts! Blocks, Shapes, and Lacing for Children are educational toys that help children develop problem solving skills while also exercising their creativity. Perhaps your child will grow up to be an architect some day because of her early experiences with these educational toys? Educational toys are a wonderful way for parents to encourage a child’s full...

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Developing Creativity With Art Tables and Easels

Developing creativity through art is simply a wonderful way to round out your child’s development. No doubt you may have read about the division between right-brain (talents and skills), and left-brain activity (logical thinking), but your child needs a whole-brain approach for full development. Youth Sand and Water Activity Center with Casters Sadly, more children are loosing the opportunity for developing creativity as schools cut back on art and music programs. Therefore it’s up to we parents to be sure our children are developing creativity by providing them with artistic toys at home. Fire Engine Easel Art tables are wonderful for developing creativity. The chalkboard table top has it’s own safety paper cutter with feed through paper role. Developing creativity is unavoidable as your child spends hours in creative play in her own special place. Recessed cups provide handy storage for crayons, scissors and chalk. Jonti-Craft 2 Station School Age Easel Have more than one child? Then a two sided easl can help all of your children get a chance at developing creativity. These adjustable easels usually have a chalkboard on one side and a dry erase board on the other. Developing creativity happens naturally as your children explore each medium. Nurture your child’s right-brain for whole-brain development with art toys for developing...

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