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Getting Back to The Basics During the Holidays

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The holiday season can be a wonderful time for young children and for those who care for them. The festivities and traditions take on a magical quality when seen through the eyes of a child.

But as we all know, the holidays can also be a stressful and challenging time. Extra treats, later bedtimes, parties, presents, and travel can be disruptive to normal family rhythms. Many parents and caregivers also experience extra financial and family strain during this season.

With these realities in mind, how can we take the “The Basics” (5 fun, simple, powerful ways that to help all […]

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6 Simple Ways to Support Language Learning with Your Child

(A post from The Palmetto Basics)

If you’re a parent or caregiver, you already have the superpowers you need to help your child learn to communicate! You don’t need a degree in speech or child development. You don’t need books written by experts or expensive educational toys. Babies learn to talk from being talked to.

Talking, singing, and pointing with your baby from the very beginning are some of the most important things you can do to build a strong and healthy brain! 

Children learn language from the moment they are born. Day […]

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Building a Healthy Brain with Books: 8 Simple Tips!

(A post from The Palmetto Basics)

Eighty percent of brain growth happens within the first three years of life. During these early years, infants and toddlers absorb massive amounts of information from interacting with other people. This early learning becomes the foundation for all future learning!

One of the most important ways to seize the opportunity of the early years is through reading to your young child just 15 minutes a day. The more we read to young children, the more prepared they become to enjoy reading and do well in school.

When you read to […]

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5 Simple Ways YOU Can Help Your Kindergartner Learn to Love Books!

You probably know that books somehow matter in getting your child ready for school.

But you may not understand why.

After all, if children are going to learn letters and sounds in kindergarten, and if they’re going to eventually learn to read in school, why do books matter so much before they begin kindergarten?

Last week we talked about the importance of words in a young child’s brain. The more words they hear, the richer their “word bank” becomes. You want to fill up your child’s word bank as much as possible by the time they start […]

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Real talk about making read-aloud time a positive experience for your child AND for you!

(a post from the Palmetto Basics)

Perhaps you already know that it’s never too early to begin reading to your child, that you can begin reading to them from the moment they’re born. Since 80% of a child’s brain development happens during the first three years of life, it’s important that parents and caregivers begin as early as possible!

But this message of reading to babies and very young children may seem impractical. After all, babies can’t yet understand the meaning of words or comprehend a story. Toddlers often can’t sit still […]

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3 Simple Ways for Busy Parents to Make Books Part of Everyday Life!

(a post from The Palmetto Basics)

It is never too early to begin reading! Stories engage a child’s imagination and expose them to words and ideas. What they learn about people, places, and things can be important building blocks to school readiness and later life success. For both parents and children, times together with books form fond and lasting memories.

Any time that your young child spends with books is time well spent!

But in a fast-paced world where parents and caregivers are juggling so many responsibilities, you may feel that you don’t have the […]

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