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Teachable Moments

Children are constantly learning, right from birth. Their early years are the foundation for growth and development, and what they learn during those years depends on the experiences they have each and every day. This is our greatest challenge as caregivers, as well as our greatest opportunity.

How can parents, grandparents and caregivers support learning? Since children learn in a variety of ways and styles, to achieve developmental milestones the relationship with parents and primary caregivers is essential. It's a connection that allows for optimum learning.

It's easy and fun to provide early learning opportunites for your young child. You can do it anytime, anywhere – it's learning on the go! Here are a few ideas to turn ordinary daily activities into eye-opening experiences for your child.

Learning on the Go

Learning At Home
Turn everyday activities at home such as laundry, meals, and bedtime into learning experiences for your child. <more>

Learning While Traveling
Going places is often exciting for children – learn how to make riding in the car, taking public transit, and walking educational for them, and fun for you too. <more>
Learning In Public Places
Being out and about exposes children to many learning opportunities. Learn how you can turn excursions to the market, library, and playground into learning. <more>

In The News

The Wall Street Journal
Grown-Up Problems Start at Bedtime
Every parent knows that a tired kid is a cranky kid. Now, scientists are discovering that children with chronic sleep problems are at increased risk for developing a mental illness later in more->

a Place of our own
Television as a Learning Tool
It is fine to use television as an educational tool under certain conditions. First, you have to do some research. Make sure you preview what you will show to your more->

Preparing Your Keiki for School

• Child Care Checklist
• Family History Project
• Happy Children Learn Better
• Meal Ideas for Young Children
• Quiz: Are you Baby Smart?
• Sleep Diary
• Everyday Activities for Dad's
• Fun & Games with Songs
• Make Reading Fun
• The Playbook: Rules and guidelines to help make the most of your child's playtime
• Understanding your Child's Feelings

Early Learning in the News

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