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3 Things You Can Do TODAY to Maximize Love & Manage Stress

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(A post from The Palmetto Basics)

Why is it so important to be parents and caregivers who “maximize love?” Because  love is foundational to a child’s health and success. It’s the number one thing every child needs and deserves. Children thrive when their world seems loving, safe, and predictable, and when parents are able to respond to their child’s needs with love

And for a parent to be able to maximize love, they have to learn how to manage their own stress. This means taking steps to avoid unnecessary stress and learning to cope effectively when stress […]

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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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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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7 Simple Ideas for Exploring through Movement and Play (and why your child’s brain needs it!)

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Young children are born “movers.” A child’s first 12-18 months of life are filled with exciting “movement milestones!”

– Learning to raise her head and look around

– Raising up his torso while having tummy time on the floor

– Flailing tiny arms and kicking newborn feet during diaper changes

– Rolling over, scooting, and crawling

– Taking those first wobbly steps

– Learning to run, fall, and get back up again

And that’s just the beginning of a young child’s relationship with movement and play!

There’s a reason young children have boundless energy and are wired to move. Science shows […]

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8 Simple Ways to Build a Strong Foundation for Math

*a post from The Palmetto Basics

“I’m just not a math person.”

We’ve all heard someone say this. Maybe you’ve said it yourself.

As adults, we know our own strengths and weaknesses, and this awareness can lead us to believe that we don’t have what it takes to equip our young children, especially if it’s in an area where we haven’t had success.

That’s why many of us say, “I’m just not a math person!”

But think about this:

Would you refrain from tossing a ball to your child because […]

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Narrate life from the beginning! Your child’s brain depends on it.

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Did you know that children learn language through relationship? They depend on parents and caregivers to talk and engage with them. This is how language develops and how babies begin to learn about the world around them. When it comes to brain development, talking and human interactions are literal superpowers, building a young child’s brain architecture in ways that will last a lifetime.

If this feels like a lot of work, don’t be overwhelmed. A child’s brain will naturally develop through daily exposure to conversation. Everyday life is filled […]

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