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March 31, 2020

6 Developmental Benefits of Music

We love to listen to music, dance to music and sing to music with our children. Music is fun, music is engaging, and children love it! Did you know that when children learn to play music it is not only fun but also has developmental benefits to it? Here are 6 ways that children benefit… Read more »

March 26, 2020

Establish a Daily Routine with Joint Book Reading

If joint book reading hasn’t been part of your daily routine with your children, now is a great time to establish that routine. Reading books together is a terrific way of connecting with your children and a proven way to establish a foundation of literacy. Tips for successful joint book reading Set a time everyday for book… Read more »

March 23, 2020

Messy Play

Tactile play offers endless opportunities for learning and messy play is a crucial component of early education. There are many benefits of messy play. What are the benefits of messy play? Messy play offers benefits to children of all ages and abilities. It allows children to become engaged and get to know other children. Children… Read more »

March 19, 2020

Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children

The National Education Association completed an online survey in 2007 asking teachers about their favorite books for children.  The resulting list of books forms a great resource of suggestions for knowing what books to reach for when sitting down to read to your child. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White Where the Wild Things Are by… Read more »

March 17, 2020

At Home Sensory Activities for Your Child

With numerous CA schools closing over this month, we realize that plenty of parents are unexpectedly finding themselves with children at home! Thus begins the hunt for activities to keep children engaged and learning while having fun during time away from their regular activities. This is a unique chance for children to explore activities that… Read more »

March 10, 2020

Five Family Games for Language Development

Playing games is a great way to encourage developing language skills. Many games are commercially available, have a language focus, and can be fun for the whole family. Explore some of these five games for a fun and educational family game night! 1. Quiddler Players are encouraged to create words from a series of letters… Read more »

March 5, 2020

Sensory Strategies in Action: How to Alert or Calm Yourself or Your Child

You may have heard of relaxation techniques to calm oneself by using soothing music or deep breathing. What about techniques to alert oneself when experiencing low energy? When addressing sensory strategies we often think of the sense of smell, sight, hearing, touch, and taste.  From a sensory integration perspective, we also have the vestibular (balance)… Read more »

February 26, 2020

10 Reasons We Love Storytime

Public libraries offer many free and educational programs and activities for children such as crafting classes, music and movement, comic book making, novel making, puppet shows, reading and writing classes, and even classes on rug making and rock carving! Our personal favorite is storytime for babies, toddlers, and preschools. For parents and caregivers, we encourage… Read more »

February 18, 2020

Red Flags for Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing refers to how individuals process the information provided by all the sensations coming internally from the body from the environment. These senses work together to give us a sense of the world and our place in it. The brain organizes the information about the different smell, sounds, textures, sights, tastes, and movements that… Read more »

February 11, 2020

Parent Participation in Early Intervention Services

The term Early Intervention refers to services given to very young children with special needs, generally from birth until the child turns three. Early intervention helps families and children from birth to age 3 who have a developmental concern or who are at risk to make sure that these children grow to their greatest potential…. Read more »

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