Benefits of learning a Second Language through fun and play By Aline Shand ?Exposing your Child to a new world of words boosts her brainpower, vocabulary and self-esteem? Lynne S. Dumas For years it has been thought that teaching a second language to preschool age children would be a waste of time, money and resources. This has changed in the recent years as more and more research has been com . . . more
The Home and Family Society have published an excellent leaflet for separating couples with children . It is titled:
Joint parenting- a simple guide for separating couples who have children.
The leaflet is published can be found at http://www.homeandfamily.org.nz/publications/index.html?mlink=m5 under the heading 'Practical Parenting'.
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"Experiences in the first three years of a child's life have a profound effect which impacts into all aspects of adulthood".Brainwave is a charitable trust that has been set up by leading paediatricians, medical, educational, legal, academic and business professionals who are dedicated to ensuring that this crucial information is available to those who need it most.
Brainwave is in exis . . . more
Short Term Fostering:
Short term fostering can be anything from an overnight stay to three months. There may be problems or illness in the family, or the child may have been harmed or abused in some way.
Usually short term fostering provides a safe place for a child to live, while social services work with the child?s family. At the same time, the foster parent and social worker will hel . . . more
By Jane McConnell
The Natural Child Project
Japanese children sleep between their parents until adolescence. Korean infants spend more than 90 percent of their time being held. In contrast, American babies spend two-thirds of their time alone, in infant seats, strollers, car seats, cribs or swings. and American mothers deliberately don't respond to their babies' cries 46 percent of time in t . . . more
In an age when there are so many pressures on teachers to teach a variety of subjects to children, music is often pushed to the side and seen as not important. How can we be so far from the truth? I challenge any teacher to find another subject that teaches coordination, language, concentration, confidence, team skills, tolerance and understanding of other people and other cultures, while develo . . . more
Most New Zealanders now condemn all forms of interpersonal violence and many would like to see perpetrators of violence treated harshly when they appear before the Courts. There is one major exception to this revulsion towards violence ? and that is the belief that hitting children is an appropriate and effective means of controlling the behaviour of children.
Many of us have experienced phy . . . more
Every child is unique and develops at their own pace. This is a rough guide to your child's likely musical development.
A baby in the womb can hear sounds from 20 weeks after conception.
0 - 18 Months
From conception to eighteen months your baby is developing rapidly and its response to musical activity will not only be rewarding but highly beneficial to his or he . . . more
Some of us face seven weeks of summer School Holidays with dread. Our internal and public monologue goes something like "How absolutely ghastly! Fifty days without relief. How on earth will I occupy them? I can't bear the thought of fifty days of fighting. Who was out to punish mothers when they thought up a long summer holiday?!"
Others of us look forward to the School and Kindergarten h . . . more
Carers New Zealand is an information and advocacy organisation for the one in five New Zealanders who provides care at home for sick, frail, injured or disabled family members. It works with regional organisations that support carers, providing information resources and guest speakers. Carers New Zealand also undertakes research, makes input into policy and service developments important to care . . . more
"If you are raising someone else's child and giving them a home, you may be able to get financial support to help with the upbringing of the child..................."
A new brochure, "Help for Kinship Carers- a guide for someone raising someone else's child" is available through Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust regional coordinators, the New Zealand Family and Foster Care Federation, Ci . . . more
Walking to school is about to get way cool with StreetWise Rangers
By now you might have heard about the walking school buses which are starting up all around the country. StreetWise Rangers is a new theme EECA has developed to make the walking school bus even more fun and exciting for children. The story below tells you all about these superheroes...
Ten thousand light years away from . . . more
Chances are you want to provide a wonderful environment for your
baby to learn and grow. But your life is busy. You have a young child -- a child who needs to be bathed, dressed, fed, and nurtured. And when you're not caring for your little one, perhaps there's your housework, shopping, cooking, and laundry. Luckily, all children learn to talk. It's something that comes naturally, right? Not al . . . more
This article gives information about:
What are your childcare options
Preparing your child for care
What ifs of childcare
What are your Childcare Options?
Selecting the right childcare to suit your children and lifestyle can seem like a daunting hurdle. Through exploring the available options and talking to other parents, you can settle on an arrangement that can benefit both yourself an . . . more
It?s natural for children to bubble over with ideas, schemes, and jokes. Unfortunately, capturing those ideas on paper is not so natural for many kids with learning disabilities (LD). They may freeze up, forget their ideas, or fight the pencil.
Help your reluctant writer at home
Your struggling writer needs practice at home, but you don?t want to make it seem like another school chore. The . . . more
Helping Chn Overcome Shyness
To assist children to overcome shyness, try the following ides. They are designed to help increase self-confidence and overcome situations that make a child feel shy.
|||bullet|||Strengths and Weaknesses. It is important that your child be in touch with their strengths as well as their weaknesses. On a sheet of paper, help them list on one half their strengths -- . . . more