Reasons Your Child Should Learn a Second Language

Reasons Your Child Should Learn a Second Language

As your child continues to learn  the English language, it’s never too early to start learning another. The younger kids are when they start learning a second tongue, the more they are able to absorb the language. PandaTree notes, “Foreign languages are most easily acquired as a child. (This gives) your child the chance to learn a foreign language is like giving her a gift for life.” Brain Development By learning a second language, your child’s brain development is enhanced, as per PandaTree. “The mental benefits of learning a foreign language as a child show up in a number of different ways. Children who speak a foreign language perform better on standardized tests in math and English than their monolingual peers. They also start reading earlier. And they are better at understanding grammar.” By learning two languages at once, your child’s vocabulary will be rich and will only grow as they do. So why not start as early as possible to reap the most rewards? An Educational Edge Starting on a second language early will give your child an edge. According to Edublox Online Tutor, “By the time your little one enters school, they will be ahead of other kids thanks to their additional language skills.” And this is a step in the right direction that can last into adulthood. As per Edublox Online Tutor, “Adults who speak a second language have better career opportunities than those who don’t. From job promotions to transfers abroad, employees with a second language are considered more valuable.” A second language under their belt can set your child up for lifelong success! Emotional Enhancement Along with...
3 Picture Books Your Kids Will Love

3 Picture Books Your Kids Will Love

Reading to and with our kids is so important for bonding and learning. Kids who read have more advanced vocabularies and tend to perform better in school. Plus, reading is fun! Here are three picture books that are as pretty as they are powerful. Your kids will not only enjoy the subject matter, but the “feast for the eyes” as well. I am Jim Henson If you and your kids are fans of Sesame Street and the Muppets, I am Jim Henson will be exciting and informational. This biography of the creator of those childhood favorites will teach kids about Henson’s humor and heroism, filled with pictures to add even more magic. This book is a New York Times bestseller written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. You Can Read Get your child excited about reading as they flip through the pages of You Can Read by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Mark Hoffmann. This book helps kids improve their reading and spelling skills as they take fictional adventures to outer space, beneath the ocean, and everywhere in between. Literacy, lessons, and learning can be fun! The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do Your child will be inspired by “Lou” who conquers her fears and shows she’s brave after all in The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires. Her take on getting over hurdles and how friends can help one another achieve new accomplishments is a life lesson. The pictures are adorable, and the message is inspiring. What is your child’s favorite picture book? For more information like this, please visit All My Children’s blogs. By: Melissa A....
After School Activities for Creative Kids

After School Activities for Creative Kids

Do you have a child who is always thinking outside the box? Does their artistic nature seep from their pores as they use their imagination to fuel their inspiration? Looks like you’ve got a creative kiddo on your hands, so why not allow them to further explore their interests? Perhaps your child is artsy, dramatic, or open to learning something new? With after school activities geared toward their talents, your child can grow and gain more exposure to something that excites them. Sports teams and play groups are fun, but for some kids, the more creative the outlet, the more they will shine. Here are some after school activities for creative kids. Your child won’t be able to wait until the school bell rings! Theater Club If your child is a real “ham” and loves to perform, a theater club or class would be right up their alley. Kids who love the spotlight will feel at home on stage. They will learn the ins and outs of acting, learning lines, transforming into character, and so on. They will learn to be team players by working with a cast and they will fine-tune their reading and memory skills by studying scripts. You’ll love watching their hard work pay off at the first performance. But for the kids, theater club won’t feel like work at all. Theater will be nothing but a thrill. Bravo! Calligraphy Class Does your child have lovely penmanship and is into art? A calligraphy class will put these talents to use as your child learns the fine art of this beautiful way to write. With letters that...
Start Reading to Your Child Early… Even During Infancy

Start Reading to Your Child Early… Even During Infancy

We’ve all heard that it is important to read to our children from an early start. But did you know that even reading to newborns has its benefits? Sure, they may not understand what they are hearing. However, the process will be the perfect way to develop a pattern of learning that will benefit your child as they grow. It will help develop their vocabulary, reading and listening skills, and so much more. Bonding & Development According to Parents, starting reading early is important for bonding with baby. “It exposes the baby to the sound of your voice, which is soothing.” Spending this one-on-one time with your infant is excellent for their development at this early age. Find a simple book with lots of pictures so your infant is interested in the shapes and colors. Your voice will be their guide and their comfort. And according to KidsHealth, “It’s an important form of stimulation and communication.” It helps their emotional development too. Vocabulary Not only is this reading time something the baby will enjoy before naps or bedtime, but their brains will begin soaking in the information and gaining intelligence. Yes, even from this tender age. As per Parents, “Studies have also shown that children who were read to as newborns have a larger vocabulary, as well as more advanced mathematical skills, than other kids their age. There’s also a direct link between how many words a baby hears each day and her language skills.” We all want our kids to have that extra boost when it comes to doing well in school. Do your part by advancing their vocabulary in...
Lunchbox Lettuce Wraps

Lunchbox Lettuce Wraps

Kids love the thrill of finding something new and delicious in their lunchbox. As a parent, you want to be sure you are sending them off to school with something healthy to eat. But all the kids look for is what tastes good. Combine the best of both worlds with lunchbox lettuce wraps. Sandwiches are lunchtime staples, but these lettuce wraps are the best thing since sliced bread! Here are two easy-to-make recipes your kids will love. Leave it to lettuce to make lunch as mouthwatering as ever. Tempting Turkey Twist Ups Ingredients: 3 large romaine lettuce leaves 3 slices turkey (honey roasted or regular) 1 tablespoon honey mustard (or yellow mustard) 1 medium tomato, sliced ½ cup bread and butter pickle chips Cut off the bottommost stems of the lettuce leaves leaving only the greener, less rough part for the wraps. Spread the honey mustard over one side of each leaf. Top each leaf with a slice of turkey and 1/3 of the tomatoes and pickles. Roll up each leaf tightly as you would a burrito. If it doesn’t hold its shape, spear with a toothpick. Pack up in a plastic container or baggie and lunch is ready! Very Veggie Wraps Ingredients: 3 large romaine lettuce leaves ½ cup sun dried tomatoes (jarred, packed in oil) ½ cup thinly sliced cucumber ½ cup shredded carrots 1 medium bell pepper, sliced thinly ¼ cup goat cheese crumbles ¼ cup low-fat ranch dressing Cut off the bottommost stems of the lettuce leaves leaving only the greener, less rough part for the wraps. Layer 1/3 of each of the remaining ingredients...
Words of Encouragement That Will Make Your Child’s Day

Words of Encouragement That Will Make Your Child’s Day

Sometimes the simple things make the biggest impact. They say, “actions speak louder than words,” but words do matter. And they matter most to impressionable young minds. Children take in everything like a sponge. They learn and grow with this information to water their seeds. To give your child a boost in self-esteem, reassure them that they’re special. Give advice that will help them socially and educationally. Communicate words of encouragement to show your child you care. Here are some ideas to spark your thoughts. You can come up with your own messages of love and acceptance. Your child will soak up the comfort and faith you put forth. Try Your Best Kids want to succeed, but success doesn’t always mean winning the game or getting the highest grades. But when a child tries hard and does the best job they can, that is a sign of success. Remind your child they don’t have to pitch a perfect game or get straight As to be a “winner” in your book. Encourage your child to put in a genuine effort and do the best they can. That will give them the push they need to be the best version of themselves, no matter the outcome. I Believe in You When you reassure your child that you have faith in their abilities, they develop a strong will. You’ll see higher self-esteem and a go-getter, “I can do it” attitude. No matter what they are off to do, your devotion to their strengths is important. And it is important to tell them so. Every kid wants their parent to cheer them on...
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