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6 Everyday Ideas to Get Your Kindergartner Ready for Math!

Did you know that children actually come into the world “pre-wired” for math?

The little years are the very best window for introducing simple math ideas to young minds. These summer weeks leading up to kindergarten are a perfect time to blend math skills and conversations into everyday life. Best of all, we want to show you how to make it fun for you and your child!

Here are 6 simple ways to help your rising kindergartener get ready for math:

1. Count

Whether a child is only a year old or five years old, children love […]

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Why playtime matters for kindergarten + 12 everyday ideas for summer!

We know it’s important for kids to get plenty of playtime and exercise, right? After all, young children have LOTS of energy. Moving their body provides a great outlet and helps keep them healthy.

But did you know that playtime and exercise are actually an important part of school readiness?

These large movements that a child makes with arms, legs, feet and their entire body are called “gross motor skills.”

While “fine motor skills”— like writing, sorting, cutting — may seem more obvious for kindergarten, perhaps you’re wondering why gross motor skills are so important. Other than […]

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How to Create a Kindergarten Learning Station in Your Home (in less than 5 minutes!)

We often take for granted the everyday skills a child needs when they begin kindergarten! School transition can be an even bigger adjustment for children who haven’t developed “fine motor skills.” (This is just a fancy term for use of hands.) Fine motor skills refer to the small muscles in our hands and fingers that are required to do big work every day.

Your child will need to develop the muscles required to color, cut, paste, and hold a pencil. Summer can be a great time to work on these skills and build muscles they’ll need […]

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5 Simple Ways to Turn Everyday Moments into Learning Opportunities for Kindergarten

You’re a busy parent, right? Keeping your child fed, clothed, and cared for is a full-time job even as you juggle many other responsibilities. Perhaps you feel like you’re not doing enough to help your rising kindergartener get ready for school. Maybe you want to do more but you don’t know where to start.

Here’s the good news. We don’t believe you have to add “more” to your life. We believe that everyday life holds more learning opportunities than you may realize!

By working some basic tips into your regular life, you canget your […]

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The Basics of Exploring through Movement and Play with Your Baby and Toddler

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A post from The Palmetto Basics.
Movement and play build your child’s coordination, strength, and overall health. It’s also how children explore and learn about the world. Each stage of development comes with new and exciting opportunities for learning!

Here are 3 simple ways to make movement and play part of daily life with your little one:

1. Give them things to handle, and encourage everyday discovery.

When you provide objects of different colors, shapes, and textures to play with, you’re helping your child develop hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Use safe […]

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3 Everyday Ways to Talk About Math with Little Ones

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The Basics are 5 fun, simple, and powerful ways that every parent can give every child a great start in life! The third Basic has to do with math and you may be thinking: “But I’m not a math person!”

Never fear. Basic #3, Count, Group, and Compare, is already part of your daily life with your baby or toddler. You just don’t realize it. Think about the words you use each day as you talk with your child:

Let’s go up the stairs. 

Your diaper bag is heavy. 

Eat three more bites and you can get […]

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