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SIMON SAYS, “HEAD and SHOULDERS and KNEES and TOES”: Goal: Identifying body parts and increasing listening skills. Procedure: As the leader says and touches the body parts of head, shoulders, knees, and toes, the children copy the actions of the leader. Whenever the leader says “head” but touches the knees and the child does it, Continue Reading

TALK TALK TALK!  Model! Model the correct use of words, the use of familiar word sinew situations and in longer sentences, and the use of new words. The more that teacher model language for babies and toddlers, the more children learn.  Ask Questions!  Ask different types of questions, including open-ended questions.  Give them enough time to respond.  Giving Continue Reading


Popcorn: Place a number of beanbags, small balls, or cotton balls onto the parachute. Shake to make them pop up like “popcorn”. Ball Roll: Have the children try to roll balls into the hole in the middle of the parachute. (Or have children try to keep the balls from going into the hole in the Continue Reading


After your 2-year-old celebrates his second birthday, expect him to experience major intellectual, physical, social and emotional changes that will help him to explore and make sense of his world.  Parents can help their kids navigate the transitions with activities geared toward helping them better understand their actions, behaviors, thoughts and feelings. Always blend activities with Continue Reading


Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear.  If you are not hearing-impaired, hearing simply happens.  Hearing is the act of perceiving sound and receiving sound wavesor vibrationsthrough your ear.  Listening, however, is something you consciously choose to do.  Listening requires concentrationso that your brain processes meaning from words and sentences. Listening is the act of hearing a sound and understanding what you hear.  Listening requires concentration so that your brain processes meaning from words and sentences. IS Continue Reading

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