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How to Empower Your Kindergartner Socially

by Joe Lawrence July 1st, 2015| Elementary, Social
Elementary school is where social skills truly begin to develop in our little ones. We are no longer hovering above them and they are forced to figure out things on their own. However, there are some guidelines we can give them to ensure they are not in a complete
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Summer Proofing for Special Needs Kids

by C. Finkbeiner June 24th, 2015| Elementary, Special Needs

Summer vacation is the 8 weeks out of the year that kids look forward to most. No school busses to catch or tests to take, and all of the warm weather and lazy days ahead for doing nothing. For most kids the break

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Traveling with Kids: Fun Games on the Go

by Tania Cowling June 17th, 2015| Elementary, Seasonal
Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile children get bored on a lengthy excursion. How many times have you heard the expression, “when are we going to be there?” It may be easy to pack an activity bag when traveling by car, so stock up on paper, crayons, stickers
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What to Look for in Summer Camp for Kids

by Editorial Team June 16th, 2015| Elementary, Seasonal
Choosing a summer camp for your children to attend can be a tough decision to make, as your kids will spend a great deal of time there learning and interacting with their peers. There are usually several camps to choose from in your area, so visiting each one in
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No Sweat Olympics: Active Indoor Games for Kids

by Tania Cowling June 10th, 2015| Elementary, Entertainment
Summer weather can often be so hot and humid that no one wants to be very active. These no-sweat active indoor games for kids do not require high-energy output, but are exciting and fun. Living in the south, these activities kept my kids engaged in easy competitive and skill
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3 Fun Ways to Teach Communication Skills

by Lori Sciame June 3rd, 2015| Communication, Elementary
Fun!  That's what children crave.  It is natural, then, that kids learn best when doing something enjoyable. For instance, many Americans remember singing the A, B, C song.  The song's catchy tune, which matched perfectly with the 26 letters of the alphabet, coaxed millions to memorize the letters of
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Speaking Up for Better Speech

by C. Finkbeiner May 27th, 2015| Elementary, Special Needs
Did you know that May is also Better Hearing and Speech Awareness Month? Communication disorders are now commonly considered the first sign or symptom of another underlying diagnosis, but it is also the most common special need most children share. By kindergarten age, children often have a vivid vocabulary and
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Dogs for Kids Who Have Allergies

by Tania Cowling May 20th, 2015| Elementary, Social
I love dogs but my nose says otherwise and the same with my kids who have allergies. But, this doesn’t always mean you can’t have a pet. We have been adopting Greyhounds and this dog is working well with us. The allergic reactions to pets can be anywhere from
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How Do You Feel About War Play?

by Tania Cowling May 13th, 2015| Behavior, Elementary
As a mother of two boys, I never let them play with toy guns, but yet these siblings seem to play war with water squirt toys and even sticks from the yard. As parents we tried to enforce that guns can harm people and are not toys. I think
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3 Necessary Social Skills

by Lori Sciame May 6th, 2015| Elementary, Social
Children need to learn a variety of social skills to be able to fit in with their peers.  These many skills are critical in the development of a young person's self worth.  As suggested by Social Skills Central, "failure to make friends can have a significant impact on a
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All the World is a School

by Ronald A. Rowe April 29th, 2015| Elementary, School
Since this is my last Elementary article here at Your Parenting Info, I’d like to take the occasion to discuss explicitly what I have repeatedly referenced obliquely in the past.  At this age, all the world is a school.  Every day and everywhere you and your child go together,
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Keeping Kids Safe at Play

by Tania Cowling April 22nd, 2015| Elementary, Safety
How many times do you hear the phrase “are we going out today” from your child? Now that the weather is pleasant, you’ll be able to answer yes more frequently. Whether your child plays at home or you visit a public playground, the most important issue is safety. And
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