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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 […]

Wooden Block Set
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Practica Programme Apparatus Blog Post Series – Wooden Block Set

The Practica Programme provides more than 4000 age-appropriate activity ideas for children from birth up to 7 years of age. The kit is packaged in a wooden toy box that includes a set of 8 User Guides and 28 sets of carefully selected sets of educational apparatus.   It’s the most comprehensive educational home programme […]

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5 Tips for Facilitating Great Finger Paint Sessions

Are you embarrassed to admit that you have never made finger paint for your child? Join the club. It sounds like a messy business from start to finish and it’s definitely not the kind of thing most mothers want to do every week.But, children love it and it makes good pictures to post on Facebook. […]

The Magic of Instructional Play
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The Magic of Instructional Play

“Instructional play is an enjoyable activity or game that results in learning.” ~ Dr Donalyn Heise in “Dare to be Positive!”   We’ve recently had a look at how important it is to intentionally create learning opportunities for our children in which they can practise their ability to remember instructions, focus their attention, complete tasks […]

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Boost your child's Brain; Speech Development, Brain Development, Disney, Language, Learning, learning tools, Reading; Brain Development

Why it’s Better to Read and Repeat

  As parents, we assume that children get bored with reading the same book over and over, but contrary to this popular belief, children actually thrive on the predictability of such repetition. Predictability is one of the most fundamental emotional and intellectual needs of a child and reading is the easiest way for a parent […]

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Brain Development, child development, Developing Confidence in your Child; Benefits of One-on-One Interaction; Boost your Child's Brain; Brain Development; Effective Parenting; How children learn, development, educational toys, Learning, learning tools, The Practica Program

Games for Practica Parents

For Practica Parents with 2 to 7 year old children: Do you routinely ask questions like “Can you name this colour?” or “How many ducks do you see?” when you’re around your child? If the answer is yes, you may be slipping into the role of a test administrator instead of having fun as a […]

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How To Improve Your Child’s Memory

How To Improve Your Child’s Memory Do you remember a time when that complicated maths problem in 8th grade suddenly made sense? It was as if the clouds parted and the understanding ‘dawned on you’, changing the way you viewed maths from then on? Or is there another moment when a sudden realisation left you […]

PB - Concentration
Brain Development, Develop Concentration, Following instruction; child development, How children learn, How to teach a Child to Concentrate, learning tools, Life Skills, Self Esteem

Concentration – your child’s mental workout!

  Parents often phone into the Practica Programme Advisory Service asking why concentration is not listed as a ‘skill’ in the Parent’s Guide. This is because most parents want to help grow their children’s ability to concentrate. We agree that it is very important and felt this was indeed a topic to discuss! What is […]

Practica - Educational Games
Brain Development, child development, Choosing the right toy; Age-appropriate Toys, educational toys, learning tools

What makes educational games really valuable?

What makes educational games really valuable? When little Johnny’s mother points to a picture and states that the elephant is ‘big’ and the mouse is ‘small’ it doesn’t mean much to the little guy. Later, as the two of them are packing toys away, he tries to fit his big inflatable beach ball into the […]

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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 […]

Practica Blog - Just Add Water
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Just add Water…

There is a saying that goes ‘children are like little sponges, sucking up everything around them’, and in fact, I’ve read that young children love learning so much that they’d actually rather learn than eat. As parents we know that it’s our role to teach our babies and children everything they need to know, and […]