Three Terrific Toys That Help with Vocabulary

Three Terrific Toys That Help with Vocabulary

Expanding our kids’ vocabulary is essential. Learning day by day helps them broaden their vocabulary word by word. These three exceptional teaching tools are interactive games that kids will love playing with. It will feel like playtime, but you’ll be impressed at how well they help kids learn. Read With Me Scout This adorable plush puppy will become your child’s favorite new companion. Scout reads to your child as they read along in one of Leap Frog’s five interactive books. As children develop listening comprehension skills and new vocabulary, they have a ton of fun while learning. Kids can also enjoy music and lullabies through the toy. Read With Me Scout engages with your child, asking questions to make sure they are paying attention and absorbing the information. Cute and creative, this toy is as sweet as it is smart! $34.99   Sparkup Magical Book Reader Kids will be mesmerized by Sparkup Magical Book Reader. You can prerecord yourself reading any picture book and the reader will play it once it’s clipped to the nifty device. If you prefer, you can download recorded stories and the reader will even play sound effects. As you child flips through the colorful pages of their favorite book, Sparkup reads along at their pace. This gadget helps kids become more confident with their reading skills with the aid of a high-tech partner in learning. $69.99   Spinning Lights Learning Hippo An interactive purple hippo will become your child’s teaching tool while they have fun spinning and watching the moving lights. Spinning Lights Learning Hippo encourages language development and introduces numbers too. Paired with...
Explore Through Reading

Explore Through Reading

We all know that reading to and with our kids helps them broaden their vocabulary and enhances their education. No matter your child’s age, reading is important, so they can become well-educated and perform as well as possible in school. The sooner we begin reading with our children, the more they will learn and the more they will embrace the joy of reading for a lifetime. But reading is more than education alone. The pages of books are like magical explorations to different times and places. Through reading, children can experience new ideas, take journeys, and embark upon special adventures. They will discover new people and uncover new passions as they flip the pages. Most of us won’t ever have the opportunity travel to far-away lands and meet people from cultures we’ve never heard of. We may never come close to kings and queens, wild animals, mountain peaks, or hidden treasures. But when we open a captivating book, we can imagine we are right there. And since children are so naturally imaginative, they can leap into the scenes page by page. When you choose a book for your child, consider what gets them excited. Perhaps your child loves looking above at the nighttime moon and stars. Pick up a book about space travel, the planets, or astronauts. Maybe they are into music. Find a biography of a beloved musician or about the history of rock and roll or Motown. When reading becomes entertainment, kids don’t even feel like they are learning. But as they absorb the words and become involved in a storyline that intrigues them, they will continue...
Can Food Additives Affect Your Child’s Behavior?

Can Food Additives Affect Your Child’s Behavior?

We all want to feed our children with the best nutrition possible. But with so many artificial foods and ingredients on supermarket shelves, it can be difficult to be sure if what we’re feeding them is healthful. Even if we read the labels and attempt to select nourishing choices, we may inadvertently skip over food additives we’re not aware of. And many reports and studies have suggested that these additives may affect children’s behavior negatively. As per WebMD, “Artificial food colorings, preservatives, and other additives may play a role in increasing hyperactive behavior among young children. British researchers found removing food additives from the diet of a group of 3-year-olds caused a reduction in the children’s hyperactive behavior reported by their parents. And when the food colorings and preservatives were added back into the children’s diets, the parents reported an increase in hyperactivity.” What to do? According to Whole New Mom, “Generally speaking, the more natural a food is, the less likely it is to cause a severe behavioral reaction. Keep in mind that there are plenty of individual differences in how children react to specific foods and additives.” Shopping for organic, all-natural foods is your best bet if you are not label-savvy. Activate recommends, “A balanced diet that includes protein, a variety of fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and plenty of fiber.” You can also consult with your child’s pediatrician or a nutritionist for tips and advice. Perhaps the U.S. will make changes as some other countries have. According to the Child Development Institute, “Many countries have banned artificial coloring due to the detrimental effects these chemicals have on children....
Three Ways Kids Can Give Back this Thanksgiving

Three Ways Kids Can Give Back this Thanksgiving

Time surely flies, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It is important to teach our children from an early age that this festive holiday is about more than roast turkey and pumpkin pie. It is an opportunity to be thankful for what we have and who we share our lives with. This season, along with enjoying a bountiful meal surrounded by lots of food and merriment with loved ones, let’s make sure we embrace the notion of giving back and giving thanks. Kids must learn to appreciate what they have, no matter how much or little, big or small. Showing gratitude and doing what we can to make the lives of others better is a powerful lesson and something that every child will grow to appreciate and carry on into adulthood. We love our kids and want them to grow into thoughtful and kind individuals. Let’s take time this Thanksgiving to reflect on what we hold dear and show those around us that we value their lives too. Here are three ways kids can give back this Thanksgiving. Volunteer There is always a need for a helpful volunteer, not only during Thanksgiving, but year-round. Depending on your child’s age and maturity level, how you choose to volunteer may differ, but the sentiment is the same – helping and giving time and service to those in need. Perhaps you can help at a soup kitchen or shelter. Homes for the elderly may need some fresh faces for help with the residents. Pet shelters can be crowded, and they may seek extra help with feeding and grooming. Ask around your...
How Good Nutrition Leads to a Better Day of Learning

How Good Nutrition Leads to a Better Day of Learning

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but good nutrition all day long is the key to a healthy body and mind. When children are well-nourished, they have the fuel to be at their best and perform at their peak.   Healthy food provides the needed nutrients to keep a child’s mind sharp, alert, and ready to learn. That’s why we must instill healthy eating habits into our kids. And the earlier we start, the better they’ll fare. Learning to love wholesome foods and choosing good food over junk is important for a lifetime of health and prosperity.   When kids are well-fed and have a steady stream of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals delivered into their system all day long, they won’t get those nagging hunger pangs or headaches, and will be able to concentrate to focus on their schoolwork rather than being sidetracked by thoughts of when their next snack or meal will be. It is important that they eat regularly all day long rather than having just one big meal which could make them tired or too full at once. Most schools have lunch and snack time which is great for keeping that constant fuel stream flowing steadily.   Before the school day begins, a well-balanced breakfast is key, full of fresh fruit, whole-grain oats, some protein, and some fat. Skip the juice and go for a real piece of fruit instead. It is more filling and provides healthy fiber. Too much sugar may feel energizing at first, but that crash will come by the time your kid gets to school....
Two Ways for Shy Kids to Make Friends

Two Ways for Shy Kids to Make Friends

Lots of kids are timid and shy, and their personality may affect their ability to make friends. When a child is very quiet and doesn’t step out from their safety net, other kids may not get the chance to notice how great they really are. These shy children may never be the life of the party, but every child has their own special qualities and the ability to engage with their peers to develop a circle of friends. Some kids only wish for a handful of companions while others hope to be part of a larger group, but either way, when a kid is super-shy, they may have trouble getting noticed or fitting in. As parents, we can help our less-outgoing kids find ways to make friends. Here are two ways to encourage your child to overcome their shyness and develop meaningful relationships. It may take time and practice, but they can do it and will enjoy the results… a new best buddy!   After-School Sports Team A sports team is a great way for shy kids to come out of their shells. As part of a team, all the kids must band together towards a common goal. Whether the kids are shy or outgoing, they are all part of group and must communicate, play as one, and celebrate victories together. If your kid shows an interest in sports, get them on a team right away. They will bond with teammates and find friends they may have never had the chance to interact with. Sports also brings out confidence which can be another factor in getting your child to...