Tag Archives: Head Start

Monkey See, Monkey Do

A few weeks ago I was sitting in the garden behind Notre-Dame in Paris waiting for my daughter to finish climbing to the top of the Cathedral towers.  All was peaceful until two boys decided they were bored and started … Continue reading

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Please, Please Flush the Toilet!

There are skills that just need to be taught at home before a child enters kindergarten! These are the be “nice to others skills” that are just common sense lessons in life. My top 5 skills a child needs to … Continue reading

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Stop, Look and Listen

Back in the day when I was a kindergarten teacher, parents of young children would want to know what skills their child should have before going to kindergarten.  They were always a bit surprised at my answer. The number one … Continue reading

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Chatter Box

Constant chatter can be quite annoying especially if you are you are trying to accomplish something that requires concentration.  Then, chatter just gets on your nerves! But if you’re a young child, chatter is a good thing and its never … Continue reading

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Stop, Look and Learn

I heard an interesting comment on the John Tesh Show the other day……..a child’s vocabulary, when they enter kindergarten, is an indicator of how well they will succeed in school. Simply said, this means children need experiences to introduce them … Continue reading

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Listen to the Teacher

My son has almost the same birthdate as my daughter, minus 24 hours and 6 minutes.  Even though they are 4 years apart in age, they are 5 years apart in school.  She was the newly 5 year old when … Continue reading

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Don’t Laugh!!!

Seems like a funny thing to say, doesn’t it, especially since laugh is in the title of my blog.   I love to laugh and have shared some side splitting, tear producing laughs with my children. But…… there is a distinct difference between … Continue reading

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Top to Bottom

You understand “book smart”.  Your child has learned how to hold a book just by watching you.  The tune “Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes” has been floating through your head for a few days.  Now, it’s time … Continue reading

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Baby Brain Food

Is it that important to read to a baby every day?  Yes!  Reading aloud to a child 30 minutes a day makes a HUGE difference in your child’s kindergarten readiness. Let’s do some math.  Most children start kindergarten between the … Continue reading

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Love At First Book

A newborn snuggled in your arms…….this is where it begins.  This is where a child begins to know everything they need to know to go to kindergarten.  It’s the truth…. a well known fact that a caregiver is a child’s … Continue reading

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