Archive for the ‘Child Development’ Category

Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

This article is very interesting. Yet another reason why we should protect and promote the arts in schools.

Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

via The New York Times, Health/Science, by Perri Klass, M.D.

Illustration/Joyce Hesselberth

When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life, at least for those who continue to be engaged with music.

But a study published last month is the first to show that music lessons in childhood may lead to changes in the brain that persist years after the lessons stop. Read the rest of this entry »

Life Skills – Ages 2 to 18

According to this list, these are the tools your child needs to succeed in life. It’s pretty thorough – have you got any more you’d like to add to the list?

Thanks to  Busy Kids = Happy Mom

Age 2

  • Undress self
  • Put own pajamas away
  • Wash face and hands
  • Comb or brush own hair (with help)
  • Brush teeth (with help)
  • Pick up toys
  • Tidy up bedroom
  • Clear off own place at table
  • Be able to play safely and alone for a set period of time (1/2 to 1 hour) in own room.
    (Under supervision.  Children need to know that they can be alone and still have fun.)

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25 Words Every Toddler Needs To Know

By now most of you have heard about this study at the Child Study Institute at Bryn Mawr College. If not, it’s worth paying attention to. According to their study there are twenty-five words that toddlers should know and be able to use properly in conversation. Read the rest of this entry »

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