Follow the Leader

by Dana Smith Bader
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As soon as children enter pre-school and move on to big school, they are expected to listen and follow directions.  Sit down. Sit straight. Stand up, Line up. Walk straight. Take turns.  Share toys.  Speak up.  Listen. No jumping. No running. No snatching. No yelling. No fighting. No biting. No hitting. Play together. Sing loudly. Tidy up. Wash your hands. . . The list of directions is endless and sometimes overwhelming for children.  According to research, by 24 months most children can follow two- and three-word directions, but that is mostly with constant exposure to clear, simple directions related to the child’s known environment.  Therefore, first teaching your child to listen and, second, to follow directions is a process that requires some guidance and quite a bit of patience.
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Make Math Matter

by Dana Smith Bader
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I was never really a math person.  Back when I was in school, especially in secondary school, children considered themselves math or language kids.  I was definitely a language kid.  I loved everything about English – I loved reading, writing, and speaking – and I even went on to study English and writing in university.

As a language kid, I was not encouraged to excel in math, or anything related to math.  I could do math, with a lot of effort and homework support from my father, an engineer, but I never liked math.  I thought math was boring.  As a result, I was never really interested in math.  I couldn’t figure out why it was important or even when I would need it in later life.

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Reading Rocks

by Dana Smith Bader
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I love everything about books. I love the feel of the pages, the way they smell, and the many faraway places a book takes me.  Perhaps I love them because my mother and father love books, and they read to me constantly when I was a small child.  As my children grew, I tried to pass my love for books and reading on to my children by reading to them, and I hope they will do the same for their children someday.

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