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BABY SIGN LANGUAGE: How, When and Why?

  Teaching babies and toddlers to use gestures for specific words before they are physically able to speak makes a whole lot of sense on many levels.   Will baby sign language delay my child’s speech development? Studies have shown that children who use this kind of early “sign language” show no delay in speech […]

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Teach Nursery Rhymes Early for Better Reading Later.

Photo Credit: http://mattnerphotography.com Researchers studied a group of 64 children when they were 3 years old, and the more rhymes they knew then, the better they were able to read 3 years later. They have concluded that this is the case because rhymes train children to be more sensitive to the speech sounds within words. (Read […]

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How children learn, Language Development, Learning, Life Skills, Mathematical Development, Memory, Milestones, Social Development, Speech and Language Milestones, The Practica Program

Birth to 24 months: 14 Fundamental Areas of Development

It’s uninspiring when an educational programme considers only the most basic areas of development. Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life, simply because the plasticity of the human brain decreases with age. In other words, the younger your child, the greater an enriched environment will impact on […]

Boost your child's Brain; Speech Development, Brain Development, child development, Effective Communication, How children learn, Language Development, Teaching Communication Skills

10 tips to boost speech & language development

Children are talking less. In fact, research in the UK points to a disturbing trend where half of all five-year-olds entering primary school are very far behind on their speech milestones. “Up to 300,000 [children] are struggling to string a sentence together or [aren’t able] to understand simple instructions by the age of five,” says […]

Effective Communication, Following instruction; Brain Development, Language Development, Life Skills, Manners, Respectful Behaviour, School Readiness, Self Esteem

Teaching your child to follow directions

We all know what it’s like to ask our little one to do something, and they carry on as if they’ve never heard us or can’t understand what we’re saying. However, it’s important for children to be able to follow instructions – whether its a request or a warning for their safety – by the time they […]

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10 Easy-Peasy Everyday Reading Ideas

Image Source: http://www.thedailygreen.com/ Our last post was about the importance of early reading (if you missed it, go here), and today we’re sharing some simple and inspiring tips that can make practicing reading simple, as long as you recognise the opportunities! 1. Set the scene for Dreamland: Help your child to wind down at bedtime […]

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Language, Language Development, Learning, learning tools, Love, Loving Communication, Reading; Brain Development, Relationship Boosters, School Readiness, Social Development

The 3 Secrets of Early Reading

The 3 Secrets of Early Reading I remember as a little girl that I loved to read – I would even pretend to read my mother stories that I had learned to memorise. When I learned to write, my love of words was further extended, and I would re-write by hand poems and songs that I […]

Language, Language Development, Learning, Middle Ear Infections; Hearing Problems; Otitis Media; Effective Communication, Milestones, Self Esteem, Social Development

Middle Ear Infection Emergeny Kit

Image Source: http://www.buzzle.com/ In our last post, we discussed how middle ear infection can affect your child. The effects are often overlooked or unknown, and so we really felt passionate about sharing this with you, as a parent – if you missed the post, go here. Today, we’re looking at a communication ‘Emergency Kit’ – ways […]

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Language, Language Development, Learning, Middle Ear Infections; Hearing Problems; Otitis Media; Effective Communication, Milestones, Self Esteem, Social Development

How Hearing Impacts Learning

  According to Dr Vincent Iannelli of the American Association of Paediatrics, 50% of children under the age of 12 months will experience at least one episode of middle ear infection (otitis media), and between the ages of one and three, 35% of children will have repeated episodes. When we consider how important hearing is to language […]

Brain Development, Language Development, Learning, Loving Communication, Television

Making the Most of Television

Image Source: http://www.squidoo.com/  Newsflash: If you are interested in the response to the last article, as well as questions from parents and corresponding answers from Lizette, please visit our ‘parents say…’ page. In our last post we told the truth about the effect that television has on your young child (under 3 years) – […]

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Brain Development, Language Development, Learning, Loving Communication, Television

Television – The Great Thief

  I have been rather afraid of writing this post, because it is without a doubt going to be rather difficult for many parents to swallow. The important thing, however, is to tell the truth (no matter how ugly), because our philosophy at Practically Speaking is that “when we know better, we do better”. So, stick […]

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Brain Development, development, Language Development, Learning, Mathematical Development, Music

The Practical Fruits of Early Music Exposure

The Practical Fruits of Early Music Exposure In last week’s post we discussed the Magic of Music (if you missed it, go here), and in this post, we wanted to list the fascinating benefits that music has on various areas of your child’s development. Mathematics: Music changes the way neurons fire in your brain, after approximately […]

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Brain Development, development, Language Development, Learning, Mathematical Development, Music

The Magic of Music

  Music is so intrinsic in our lives, and has been for centuries. No one can deny the power that music has to elicit emotions and affect our mood. Music is an art form that has no other use except as a means of self-expression and self-actualisation. But unlike a painting which stands still, music is an art that […]