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10 Everyday Ways Your Child Can Explore Through Movement & Play (even when it’s hot outside)

A post from The Palmetto Basics. 

There’s a reason young children have boundless energy and are wired to move. Science shows that for a child’s brain to fully mature, it needs stimulation through movement and sensory experiences. Each stage of development comes with new opportunities for learning. For example, an infant might explore by touching, grasping, chewing, or crawling. A toddler might explore by walking or climbing.

Physical activity and curiosity don’t simply build a strong body; they build a strong brain!

This is why one of the 5 Basics is “Explore Through Movement and Play.”

It […]

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Summer can be an amazing time to build family connections and nurture healthy brains through real-world opportunities. But many families can’t take vacations or secure transportation to places like libraries and museums. For many children, summer can actually be a time of learning loss. And this learning loss contributes to gaps down the road in school achievement and wage earning.

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5 Simple Ways to Get Your Kids Into Books This Summer

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If you’re anything like me, you have high hopes to get your kids into lots and lots of books over the summer. But the lazy days, the lure of the almighty screen, and the protests of reluctant readers can derail our bookish good intentions.

My own family consists of one kid who’s a voracious reader, one kid who’s a reluctant reader, and one kid who’s still an emerging reader. Keeping up with such a wide array of ages, stages, and book appetites is no small task.

At Pickens County First Steps, we want to encourage you […]