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Free Books for Kids The site is organized and easy to use. Click on the colored tabs and pick a book. As the narrator reads, words are individually highlighted in the text box at the bottom of the screen. Stories for kids from a best-selling author. Always free. ... looking for a cozy adventure or bedtime story, we offer this imaginative rhyming picture book, read by the author, Daniel Errico.‎ Instantly Access 40,000 eBooks, Learning Videos, Quizzes and more for Pre K-5 Oxford Owl.  Ages 3 to 11 Storyline Online.  All ages International Children's Digital Library.  All ages Open Library.  All ages Barnes & Noble Free Nook Books for Kids. All ages

How do I teach my child to make friends?

Q: How do I teach my child to make friends?  Teach your child attributes they should look for in a person who could be their friend: Spirituality Trust Worthiness Honesty Caring Dependability Similar or same interests  Others  ? Model how to be a good friend.  Acknowledge when you see your child displaying attributes of a friend.    Read books about friendship. Talk to them about your friends and what makes them a good friend.

What is ignorance in my child?

ignorant: lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated Basically this means that you did not teach them or give them the information in a way that they could understand and use.   If you don't do everything in your power to help children understand something then they may be ignorant of it!  Young children need to see, hear and be shown things several times before they get it. Telling them once will not work.  Tell them, show them, make them a chart or picture and let them practice under your close supervision until they can do it on their own.  Help them become intelligent! Topics to help children with (not in any particular order): Spirituality Kindness to others Being polite and manners Being non-bias Controlling strong emotions Laundry How to find a good friend Cooking Taking care of their body Finances Relationships Community involvement Taking care of their homes Gardening T

The Discontent Child

Child Discontentment: Children are born with discontentment.  Which means they are not satisfied.  Which shouldn't surprise us.  Children are safe in the womb, they are fed, sound is muffled and they are content.  Once born into this world feeding issues happen, bodily functions come into play, and sensory stimuli can be overwhelming (light, sounds and smells). Children need to have us help them through this process.  It is a type of conditioning of the mind.  Children need us adults to help them dwell on the earth with all of its wonders, distractions, and stimuli.   We need to support children in looking at the blessings of the earth (butterflies, smiles, flowers, gentle winds, loving voices, familiar faces, and cool summer nights) as well as showing expressions of gratitude for all that we have. What are you teaching children?

Why is it important to study real objects with our children?

Q: Why is it important to study real objects with our children? A: In order to be excellent at something you must explore it, practice it and gain knowledge of it.  This is true no matter what the object or topic is.   Examples: You won't learn how to take care of plants by playing with plastic plants.  You need real plants. If you want to be excellent at playing the piano you need to explore one, practice playing and gain knowledge of musical notes, melodies, rhythms, etc. To become an excellent chef you need to cook with real food. Can you imagine the gifts we can give our children by exploring real objects with them! Go explore!!!

Can you help me understand the activity temperament and my child?

People are born with a set of temperaments, we didn't choose them.  Children have a set of temperaments that they were born with.  Understanding temperament can help you understand your child's behavior and reactions. Temperament: Active to Still Active:  Some people are born with an active temperament.  It is hard for them to sit still for very long and they love to keep moving.  They are sometimes referred to as "hyper or overactive". They become very active adults who may choose work that requires them to be physically moving or traveling. Still: Others are born with a more still temperament.  They can be found doing quiet activities that do not require a lot of movement.  They are sometimes referred to as couch potatoes, unmotivated or lazy.  They become adults who may choose work that is more sedentary or tedious.  When raising and teaching children it is our responsibility to find the strategy that works for each child (person) based on their temperament
Reggio Emilia Distinctive Traits Include Collegial and relational-based provocative experiences The importance accredited to environments and spaces Intense co-participation of families Affirmation of competencies in children and adults Educational documentation Listening Progettazione North America Reggio Emilia Alliance

What are open-ended and closed-ended questions?

Q: I hear a lot about talking to preschool-aged children using open-ended questions what are they? A: Open-ended questions are about having a conversation.  Closed-ended questions are more like a test to get the answer. Open                                                                                   "You used a lot of purple in your drawing, can you tell me about your picture." "Thank you for helping me set the table for lunch. How did you decide how many bowls to put on the table?" Closed "Is this a purple tree?" "What color is your banana?"  "How many bowls are on the table?" Think about open-ended questions as how you typically talk with your friends.  We don't ask our friends constant yes/no questions (closed-ended).  If we did they probably wouldn't want to see us very often.  Open-Ended Questions with Buddy

My child is throwing things

Q: My 20 month old is throwing everything he can get his hands on.  No matter how many times I tell him to stop he keeps doing it. A: The behavior might be telling us that he wants to work on his throwing skills.  Instead of telling him what he can't do, tell him what he can do (throw balls outside, toss cotton balls into bowls).  I made bean and rice bags with my children to throw while they were practicing this skill. They threw them into a laundry basket or large mixing bowl. They also enjoyed throwing recycled paper made into balls. Another possibility is that your child is frustrated.  Throwing things is something humans have done forever.  Talk to your child and find out what is frustrating them.  Then teach them a replacement behavior.  Instead of throwing what you are frustrated with you can walk away, take a deep breath, put it aside until later, etc.).  Young children will act on instinct and do what they have seen their family or teachers do when frustrated.  Acknowle

Free Online Books for Kids

Free Online Books For Kids Oxford Owl.  Ages 3 to 11 Storyline Online .  All ages International Children's Digital Library.  All ages Open Library.  All ages Barnes & Noble Free Nook Books for Kids. All ages
Should I make my 3 year old share his toys with his younger brother? A: To answer this question we must first look at where your children are in their social and emotional development. Below is the development progression for sharing (you can find the entire development planning tool under the resource tab).  Since they are still at either exploring later or building earlier you shouldn't expect them to share at this time. This is a time to teach them to ask if they want to play with each other's toys.  If the answer is no (which it usually is) then you will need to support your child when they become disappointed and upset that they cannot take a toy from their sibling.  I know this is very stressful for you as a parent, however, this is a critical stage of development.  You can model saying, "You really wanted his red car, I can tell you are upset."  Then gently find them a similar or duplicate toy.  You want your children to grow up respecting ea