Dashing to beat Dasher?

It has dawned on me this year that I am actually the parent and one perk of this job is that I don’t just do washing, cooking, cleaning, working and paying bills….I can create fun traditions too! So I have decided on the 24th of December, that it is still not too late to start some Christmas Eve traditions. Here are 5 super fun and more importantly EASY (and last minute) Christmas Eve traditions:

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‘Pet parenting’ your kids?

I am ashamed to admit it but at times my toddler reminds me of the dog I never had. A rather uncouth comparison, there are an uncanny number of similarities between the way we parent canines and our offspring.

Recent studies suggest that the average dog is as smart as the average two year old child so perhaps my observations aren’t all a coincidence.

So here are 5 times my toddler has reminded me of a dog…so far (yes you read that correctly… lol)!

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Make an imprint with PrintPLAY

Children begin their journey into the world of literacy long before they step foot through the school gates and return home with their first “reader”. In fact, it is you, the parent, that is your child’s first teacher of reading. This does not mean becoming a Drill Sergeant and enforcing your 4 year old to write out lines or “drop and give you twenty” if they ‘read’ (sorry memorise) a flashcard incorrectly. But seriously, what does it mean to teach reading to a pre-school child?

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WordPLAY: Do your kids play with trucks, dolls AND words?

According to Einstein, “Play is the highest form of research” but does this just refer to water play or pretend play?
No! WordPLAY, the ability to understand, use and play with language, more specifically vocabulary, will have a significant impact on your child’s success in school and in life.

In fact, as Stahl and Nagy (2006) report, the size of children’s vocabulary knowledge is strongly related to how well they will come to understand what they read.

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