Learning Language by Age and Stage

by Dana Bader Smith
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Language is essential for building relationships, expressing our needs and wants, verbalizing our feelings, helping us to learn, and for sharing knowledge. As a result, parents and educators alike put a lot of emphasis on learning language. Parents often worry when their children are young that their speech is delayed or that their children will not be able to speak properly, but most often, parents just do not understand the stages of learning language or the language milestones for each age.

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Healthy Hygiene Habits

by Dana Smith Bader
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I recently read that at any given time anywhere from two to ten billion bacteria can be found on a person’s arm from the fingers to the elbows. Yuck! That’s a lot of germs, and, in light of that statistic, it’s a wonder that any of us manage to stay well, especially those of us with children. The good news, however, is that good hygiene habits like hand washing can eliminate the bacteria, prevent the spread of germs, and keep us healthy.

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Hard Wired to Play

by Dana Smith Bader
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At the nursery, when we do our admissions interview, nine times out of ten, the parents will say they are sending their children to nursery so they can become more social, so they can learn to play with other children. After about two weeks of watching their children on the cameras, the parents start calling to tell us they are worried that their children are not social enough because they do not see them playing with the other children. Of course, we tell them not to worry because children take time to learn how to play with others, some more time than others, but most children eventually learn to play with others because, like big humans, little ones are innately social. They are also hard wired to play. It’s how they learn about and understand the world around them.

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