Posts by Jetta

How to Talk About Race

Race is a tricky topic to write and talk about – for both young children and grown-ups. But we’re tackling...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language and Tone of Voice – Part 1: Why It Happens

At around age 4, you may see all sorts of dramatic language changes – talking back, harsh tones of voice,...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language and Tone of Voice – Part 2: Stop, Think, Re-Do!

It’s normal to hear your child experimenting with dramatic language at around age 4 (e.g., talking back, harsh tones of...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Reinforce Positive Behavior – Make a Marble Jar

Acknowledge and promote positive behavior….*Plinkit* with a Marble Jar! You’ll be amazed at the twinkle in your child’s eye each...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Why Children Should Play Outside

Taking time to connect with nature has a long lasting impact on our health, learning and emotional well-being. Here’s what...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Reward Empathy – Be a Real Superhero!

A classroom favorite for cultivating empathy, kindness, community membership and awareness of others. What’s a real superhero? Someone who helps...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Exclusion and Inclusion – Part 1: Why It Happens

Watching a child turn to you crying for the first time because “A friend said ‘I can’t play’”, is a...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Exclusion and Inclusion – Part 2: Do Something About It

Social exclusion is a main theme in a child’s development and there are many reasons why it happens. Empower your child to...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Self-Regulation – Part 1: Optimize Your Child’s Learning

Including children in their own learning process about how to self-regulate is empowering and long-lasting. Here’s how it’s helpful to...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Self-Regulation – Part 2: Body Engine Checker System

Here’s a practical tool and script to support your child’s self-regulation and emotional awareness – it provides a shared language to signal...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Self-Regulation – Part 3: Recover from a Meltdown

Make a Cozy Corner or Helper Green Basket to help your child recover from an emotional meltdown – proven techniques...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
How to Handle Challenging Behavior

“The way we talk to children becomes their inner voice.” -Peggy O’Mara

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Helpful Ways to Praise Your Child

A simple tip sheet for how to praise your child. Something more than “Good job” or just commenting on process and...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Support Self-Image and Self-Confidence

When your child starts demonstrating behaviors that show they are trying to “fit in” or wants to “belong to a...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
What’s Developmentally “Normal”?

How do you know if your child is experiencing a developmental “bump”? How do you know if it is time...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
What’s a Good Resource for Developmental Milestones?

“What is a good resource to understand milestones for my child? At what age should they learn colors? Learn numbers?...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Sensory Processing Development 101

“Sensory processing development” is vital to understanding how children learn. It’s deeply studied among early childhood experts, but not widely...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
How to Talk About Other Children’s Challenges

Questions and comments from children about other children’s challenges are normal; they illustrate the broad spectrum of learning, ability and...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Different Ways of Learning

“It’s not about how smart you are, it’s about how you are smart.” -Howard Gardner

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
How to Teach Your Child to Write

Many of us are eager for our children to learn to write. It takes practice but it also needs to...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Language + Literacy
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
How to Share – Part 1: Why Share?!

Simply saying “Share!” holds little meaning for children. Young children are egocentric and concrete thinkers. Their experience of the world...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fibbing vs. Lying – Why Kids Lie

Around the ages of four and five, children begin to tell “tall tales”. They may also begin to tell fibs...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Creativity + Imagination
Gun Play – Understand the Myths and Realities

As parents and teachers of young children, we encounter “power play” in a variety of ways – some children like...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Tantrums – Part 1: What’s Going On?!

Children experience emotions just like adults, but they need support and guidance to: 1) Understand their emotions; and 2) Make...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 2: What You Could Do

Tantrums are hard to manage – for everyone. Here’s our checklist for what to do….in the first 5 mins.

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 3: What You Could Say

The reality is we have no control over when our child calms down. Parenting and teaching is not quick and...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 4: Before and After

It takes work and repetition, but indeed, there are things that can be done to pre-empt a tantrum and ways...

Ages
2-3,
3-4

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