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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Children are naturally inquisitive and love to explore new and exciting things. Most children enjoy playing and swimming and spending a fun day at the beach. This Great Sea-Life play cube with five sides of learning fun is a wonderful way for your kids to remember their family outings to the beach, not to mention expanding their imaginations about all the sea creatures that live just beneath the shoreline that they play and swim in.

A play cube such as the Sea-Life cube offers multiple play areas for multiple children. With the four side panels and the top rollercoaster maze, kids can play together at the same time and that is an important part of learning and growing. It promotes all kinds of good benefits for kids to learn, such as sharing, interacting socially, expressing new ideas with one another, and just plain having fun!

As we all know, kids can be rough while playing with their toys sometimes, but not to worry, this play cube is manufactured to stand up to anything the kids can do. It’s sturdy construction and size ( 24x24x45 ) ensure that your children will have a long lasting play cube that is suitable for ages 3 and up. Another great feature of the Sea-Life play cube is the bright colors that are sure to catch the attention of any child. The five sides of this cube come with: Rollercoaster Bead Maze Top with underwater artwork, Crab Paddlewheel, Octopus Flipper, Blowfish Magnetic Circle Spinner, and Sea Life Pathfinder (with 9 beautiful hand-painted pieces)!

The Sea-Life play cube is only one the play cubes that are offered at , so take a look at all the other designs that are available, you are sure to find what your looking for. Play cubes are also a great toy for Schools, Doctor’s office and hospital waiting rooms.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Did you know that young children learn most of their important lessons on their own and not through conscious efforts by adults? They learn to walk, to manipulate small objects, to separate their own existence from that of others through self-exploration. They develop their motor skills, senses, language skills, and cognition by exploring their environment and interacting with others.

This is where the importance of ‘play’ comes in. Children do their exploration and interaction with others mostly through play activities. Although children do not play to learn, they do learn by playing anyway. As thus, it is but important that you take your child’s play seriously. If anything, you must maximize your child’s opportunity to engage in the activity.

You must design a play culture that is most nurturing for your child. Recognizing that play is indeed important is not enough. You must couple this understanding with conscious efforts to give your child the material and mental stimulation that he needs. Give him the necessary resources, time, and space. Keep in mind that creating an effective play culture is tantamount to giving your child the learning tools that he needs at a stage of critical development.

As thus, you must create the right conditions for your child’s play to develop, both indoors and outdoors. You must ensure that your child’s play culture is designed so that there is a proper balance between directed (or structured) and child-initiated play. More so, you must guarantee that your child’s play activities are of sound quality. That is, you must make sure that he is engaged in educational play. Go ahead and invest in the right toys. You will find kids’ play tables and even educational rugs that are perfect for your learning child.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Did you know that in the olden times, particularly the Roman age and the medieval era, people thought of children as miniature adults? Because of this belief, children were not given any special treatment. They worked along adults doing all sorts of stuff that were beyond their capacity. They were treated unfairly.

But times have changed. Now, people know better. YOU know better. Thanks to the likes of Sigmund Freud and Alfred Bandura, you now recognize that children have their own unique needs, that they must be given special treatment. This new civilization has done its part to see to it that children are well protected (think UN Conventions on the Rights of Children).

Childhood is a vital stage for development. Whatever it is that a person experiences in his childhood has a lot of say in what he is to become when he reaches mature age. As a parent, it is your responsibility to see to it that your child gets optimal development, that he gets the best of experiences as a child.

This given, you must create a nurturing environment for your child. You must design an atmosphere that paves the way for healthy exploration and learning. Give him space to play, to discover. Provide him with toys that will help develop all of his senses. Allow him to be mobile so that he develops his motor skills. Give him educational toys that will help develop his mental skills and creativity. Be meticulous with every detail. Yeah, your child definitely deserves to have one of those educational rugs.

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Like most people, your child is born with creative potential. Now it is up to you to help your child achieve this potential. You must be careful not to do anything that would stifle your child’s creativity.

As a parent, it is wrong to be too rigid with rules that you keep your child contained, unable to think for himself. Do not make the mistake of organizing your child’s “creative” activities to the point that you are already controlling him. You are not at all helping your child.

Creativity is the ability to look at things in a unique way, to identify problems other people may not recognize, and to come up with novel solutions. Controlling your child will not help him gain this attribute. Give your child some space. Give him time to think for himself, to discover his own creative channels. This is the best way you can help your child prepare for his future. This is an effective way of helping your child grow up to become a productive adult.

Also, you must help your child realize that it is okay to make mistakes sometimes, that what matters is that he tried, and that he was brave enough to try something new. More so, you must teach your child the value of perseverance. Avoid completing things for him. Do not try and do things for him when he seems to be having difficulty. Teach him to go on, even when the going’s getting rough and tough. Teach him that it is important to see a project completed, that the product or the outcome is essential.

To top it all, you must provide a creative environment. Give him toys that give room to his own manipulation. Clays and building blocks would be great. You must also make sure that you bring out the artist in your child with a cute and inspiring kids’ art desk and easel.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Cooperation is an important skill every child must learn. But actually teaching your child to acquire this virtue is not an easy feat. Every human being has a tendency to want to rely only on himself and to make sure that he meets his own needs first. Your child is not any different.

So how do you help your child develop the skill? You can start by making your child appreciate the value of cooperation. Making him want to actually learn it makes all the difference. You can do this by grabbing every opportunity to try and explain the wisdom in the act of cooperating. Be ready to point out every situation that displays the virtue. You should explain how things would have turned out if cooperation was not present.

You must also foster a tradition of cooperation in your very own home. You can start by cooking up family projects that require cooperative efforts. You can do a family collage, or set up a backyard garden. Make sure that you assign specific tasks to each family member. You should explain the value of each member’s contribution and how it contributes to either the success or failure of the project.

More so, you must be able to teach your child the value of getting along with his peers. How you fare at this time of his life plays a big role on how his future relationships will be like. Early on, you should already be able to teach your child that giving is as good as receiving and that he must learn to take turns and to share. You can help foster all these by encouraging your child to engage in cooperative activities. Now setting up that children’s indoor playground is definitely a good idea.


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Saturday, January 5, 2008

It’s an inevitable fact about children - they like to imitate what others do. This is something you can’t stop, and you should not try either. Imitation is an important part of children’s early learning skills. It’s actually another “humans see, humans do” thing.

You see, human beings are hard-wired to learn through imitation. It is written in your biological make-up, in your brains. You have the so-called “mirror neurons” that ensure you learn by observing alone. This is yet another equipment for survival that you are born with. As thus, you don’t have to teach your child to imitate, for he is born to do so.

So how does learning through imitation contribute to a person’s survival? Imitation is found to play a crucial role in the process by which you learn to tie your shoelace, to feed yourself, or to follow complex dance steps. The mirror neurons that are behind the process of imitation are also responsible for an important human emotion — empathy. It is through this natural human emotion that people learn to care for each other and to survive as a civilization.

More so, nature uses this type of learning to convey culture. Imitation contributes to the natural bequeathal of the tradition of music and sports from one generation to another.

But as crucial and necessary a learning tool as it is, it can also be gravely dangerous. You must ensure that your child, in his vulnerable state, is not exposed to undesirable models to imitate. You may already have noticed how children like ‘pretend play’, which is yet another manifestation of the process of imitation.

Make sure that it is all healthy play for your child. Provide him with the right stimulation. Capture his interest with miniature adult items as children are always wont to imitate adult acts. Go ahead and give your child one of those charming children’s rocking chairs and watch him imitate Grandma read a book while propped up comfortably on her seat.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

You can’t rely on school teachers alone to aid your child through academic progress. Efforts must start at your own home. If anything, it is still the immediate family that holds the most influence in shaping what a child is to become. And for your child to succeed in school, you must be able to instill in him a healthy habit of reading, even at an early age.

There is a limitless number of ways for you to achieve this. You can start by practicing what you preach. Be a ‘reading’ model. One of the earliest ways children learn is by imitating what others do, and as a parent, you hold the most influence. Being a reading model is also an effective way of showing your child that you value reading, and you can expect him to follow suit. Children start forming habits at a young age and you must make sure that this works to your child’s advantage.

You can also adopt the habit of reading to your child everyday. This will make him appreciate and even love reading. This is also guaranteed to help your child learn to read faster and to acquire a richer vocabulary. Also, you must put some effort in minimizing your child’s consumption of any type of electronic media. Limit the time he spends on TV, video games, and computers so he’ll have time for a healthy dose of reading.

Finally, you must make reading materials readily available for your child. More so, you should encourage your little angel to have his own personal library. Encourage him to have a collection of his favorite books. And for all these, you can count on kids’ bookshelves to help catch your child’s interest. These miniature pieces of furniture that come in a variety of colors and themes are guaranteed to make your child want to use them (and the books that they hold too).

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