Want to get your kids into college? Let them play

Every day where we work, we see our young students struggling with the transition from home to school. They’re all wonderful kids, but some can’t share easily or listen in a group.

Some have impulse control problems and have trouble keeping their hands to themselves; others don’t always see that actions have consequences; a few suffer terribly from separation anxiety.

We’re not talking about preschool children. These are Harvard undergraduate students whom we teach and advise. They all know how to work, but some of them haven’t learned how to play.

Parents, educators, psychologists, neuroscientists, and politicians generally fall into one of two camps when it comes to preparing very young children for school: play-based or skills-based. => http://bit.ly/f5pEWD

Class Notes: Parent forums, new online tool available to combat bullying in schools

What are the signs?

“Withdrawal or isolation is one of the first,” she said. “When a child starts to dislike going to school, begins avoiding those social media tools that they’ve enjoyed before, and when it appears they’re not getting a lot of joy out of school or being with friends, those are big warning signs for parents. You need to contact the school to get in for a meeting to talk about what might be happening.”

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Communication in Children 2 to 3 years

From 2 years of age, our toddlers are becoming much more verbal. Until 18-24 months, much of a toddlers’ communication is primarily non-verbal (expressed through play, gesture, sound effects and shared experiences), but this begins to change from age 2.
It is also from about 2 years of age that gender differences emerge. Ever heard someone say “Girls develop so much faster than boys”? When it comes to communication, this is true. Girls tend to reach the stage of using mostly verbal communication (talking rather than gesture etc) from around 18 months. For boys it tends to be closer to 2 years of age. Even among children of the same gender, there is wide discrepancy in communication skills at age 2. Some children are beginning to use their first single words at this age. Some children are chattering away in full sentences by age 2. So when should we be concerned?
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8 Month Old Deaf Baby’s Reaction To Cochlear Implant Being Activated

This 8 month old baby was born deaf, watch the moment as his cochlear implant is activated and he hears sound for the first time, and his mother’s voice.

Message re MS Readathon

“Australian of the Year” Simon McKeon and Martin Rossleigh, Teacher of Sydney Grammar School Edgecliff Preparatory School sends an important to message to Principals regarding the 2011 MS Readathon.

Free Printable Easter Bunny Letters

Can you imagine how your child’s face would light up if they were to receive a letter from the Easter Bunny!

Would they love a personalised letter, just for them, written from the Easter Bunny? Yes!

Now you can create your own free printable letter from the Easter Bunny, personalised with details such as their age, where they live and to finish, a special personal message to your child about an important achievement during the last year, or a special event. The choice is yours. => http://bit.ly/gdRsEF

eReaders will transform the developing world – in and outside the classroom

If Worldreader’s experience so far is any guide, e-readers are set to transform the developing world, both in – and outside the classroom. But this change won’t be driven by e-readers by themselves – it will be driven by human curiosity, ever-increasing connectivity, enlightened self-interest, and a gentle push from organizations like ours.

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