Baby Sign Language Research
Research on baby sign language has found that teaching baby signs improved cognitive and emotional development. Far from slowing down speech, baby sign language actually increases the rate of verbal development and at the same time increases the parent/child bond.
The most significant research was an NIH funded study comparing two groups of 11 month old babies. One g . . . more
From birth to three months, your baby listens to your voice. He coos and gurgles and will try to make the same sounds you make.
You can help your baby learn how nice voices can be when you: Sing to your baby. You can do this even before he is born! Your baby will hear you. Talk to your baby. Talk to others when she is near. She won?t understand the words, but will like your voice and y . . . more
Learning to drive is a huge step for any teenager. The free tools on this site will help you coach them to become a safer driver through the Learner and Restricted phases. http://www.safeteendriver.co.nz/ . . . more
ANNOUNCING A NEW YOUTH RESOURCE AFTER THE SUICIDE of someone you know information and support for young people by Tricia Irving ? skylight, and Leora Hirsh ? SPINZ.
This Skylight resource provides what's been missing ? an easy to read, youth friendly source of good, practical information for young people who have been bereaved by suicide. It might be a family member or a friend who has died ? or . . . more
The video on this website is brilliant to show children, parents and teachers about bullying especially cyber bullying. It is created using year 5 and 6 students.
It is created using year 5 and 6 students. It clearly demonstrates how something something so small (to us) can turn into something so serious for children. When I watched this it made me reflect on how I hand . . . more
What are the Determinants of Children's Academic
Successes and Difficulties?
Environmental factors can influence both the pre- and postnatal brain. Most of us are aware that in the Eastern world the concept of "intrauterine education" goes back in Chinese literature over 2000 years.
I could find one reference published in the Ming Dynasty in 1237 when women were advised to behave favor . . . more
A Good Literacy Start to School. When children start school they come with a diverse range of knowledge and experiences from their own social and cultural contexts. Aspects of Literacy that children bring to school. ? The ability to communicate their own experiences and to listen to and understand the expereinces of others. ? Have the confidence to express their needs and ideas. ? . . . more
The effectiveness of homework appears to be inherently tied to the quality of parental involvement, research shows
Last year, the Ministry of Education released the latest findings in its ongoing Best Evidence Synthesis.
A highly regarded summary of 134 educational studies conducted both here and overseas, the BES says homework can be both beneficial and detrimental to academic progress.
Simply . . . more
Storybook for Starship!
"Paul and the Magic Pencil" by Rm 15 Waiau Pa school and John Parker, illustrated by Keven MealamuOnly $10 every cent to the Starship Foundation.
Click here for order detailshttp://barfoot.co.nz/storybook
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Hi - our new Skylight website was just launched November 8th - check out all the new, amazing links, articles, the grief blog, downloads , new support resources and our new children's stream! www.skylight.org.nz
As a registered New Zealand not for profit Trust, Skylight operates as a social enterprise to offer a wide range of services to support those facing tough times of chang . . . more
If there is any group that appears to be completely absent from their children?s lives, it is that of teenage fathers.
Teenage pregnancy almost inevitably seems to lead to sole motherhood, and society tends to blame the young men themselves: after having caused a pregnancy they flee from the responsibility.
Yet, both researchers and practitioners, who have made the effort of talking to those yo . . . more
Why Music for Young Children?By Janet Channon, Kids Music Company
The benefits of involving children in musical activities are immense, from developing a love of music to promoting brain growth.
Most importantly, music is fun. If a child is having fun their brain is open to learning. If a child is stressed, worried or unhappy, the brain closes down to learning and new stimulation. Activities tha . . . more
Dyslexia impacts the whole family, and parents and siblings need to be equally on board in fostering a culture of acceptance and encouraging strengths. Dyslexic children should not be wrapped in cotton wool. But they should be given both practical and emotional support. They need security and encouragement so that they feel ok about thinking differently, and able to take risks in learning and sh . . . more
Reactivate Your Child
The key to activating kids is to turn off the TV and redirect their attention. Reducing TV from more than 20 hours a week (the average for a New Zealand kid) to 7 can cut a child's obesity risk by one third.
Be sure you balance TV and computer time with active time. You might want to start by initiating "No TV T-days" or Game nights (where the whole family . . . more
The librarians at Any Questions are available between 1 - 6pm weekdays to support students of all ages. Any Questions helps you find useful, accurate online information to help with your homework. The online librarians are trained to help you work out the sort of information you need, then begin searching with you ? however, they are not a 'quick answers service!?
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Young toddlers and school going children must eat nutritionally rich and well balanced meals and snacks to boost their brain development and assist normal growth of body organs. Here are some of the most famous and well recognized and super charged brain foods for your children:
Brain boosting anti-oxidant rich foods
Vitamins A, C and E are the recognized nutrients that act as highly beneficial . . . more
Information about mental health, alcohol, drugs, sexually transmitted diseases, nutrition and relationships is available for youth on a website www.urge.co.nz run by Youthline. Youthline is a national youth development organisation offering counselling, training, development programmes and information to young people and their families. www.youthline.co.nz   . . . more
What Is Physical Activity?Physical activity is any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that result in an expenditure of energy.
Physical Activity is not just exercise and sport. It includes taking the stairs instead of the lift, hanging out the washing, walking to the shops or to work and school, gardening, vacuuming and sweeping. Physical activity can be as rigorous . . . more
What are sleep problems in children?
Many babies and young children have problems sleeping at first. But if children are still not sleeping through the night by the age of 2 years, they may have a sleep problem. All of this information is for children over the age of 2.
There are three main sorts of sleep problems:
Too little sleep
Nightmares, night terrors and sleepwalking
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Special Needs Advocacy & Support Trust is a Charitable Trust which was formed on the 3rd February 2006. The service provided under this umbrella has assisted more than 153 families and educational facilities in this time. The organisation and service is unique as we are client focused, not funding focused; it has been developed in consultation with clients to meet their indiv . . . more