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To teach art in schools can be obvious to some. How can we go without? What if kids have an artistic talent to be discovered? For others, the debate can go the other way. Why is art important to teach? If student time and school budgets are stretched, is it more important to focus on math and reading, and cut art altogether? Of course, art comes in various forms when taught at school. It can be visual art, yes (like painting, graphic design, photography or sculpture). But it can also include … [Read more...]
With early intervention and an increase in awareness about autism spectrum disorder, many children are being diagnosed as babies or in their toddler years. Since autism is typically discovered in early childhood, many parents don’t expect to have to look for signs as their child ages. Yet, sometimes signs of autism can go undiagnosed until your child is older and begins to experience some noticeable signs as well as learning difficulties. Below are five signs that your teen may have … [Read more...]
In follow up to our article on ‘What is social competence in teens? Why is it important?’, we thought it would be important to delve into the practical matter of being able to teach social competence to teens. It’s one thing to know you need it, it’s another to learn how to get it. If your child’s ability to make friends has become a concern, it may be wise not to ignore your ‘gut’ when it comes to teaching social skills, or encouraging them in your child. In our last article on this topic … [Read more...]
When kids reach their preteens or teenage years, as a parent, you may wonder how they are handling their new life circumstances. Are they making friends? Are they overwhelmed by school? What is their social life like? Social competence in teens is an important issue. For those whose kids may be shy, or reluctant to make new friends, the fear of rejection and bullying may be ever more present. But for the so-called ‘popular’ kids, what makes them so? Is it really their clothes and looks? … [Read more...]
Vocabulary development is an important part of learning. It can open up an understanding of the world that would otherwise be ‘closed’ to our students. Not only that, the more complex vocabulary a student can accumulate, the more they’ll be able to develop reading comprehension. But in today’s world of abbreviated text messages, our students may be lacking in vocabulary acquisition. So today, we’ll be covering some ideas on how to encourage vocabulary development in young minds. Method 1: … [Read more...]