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Support your child’s visual processing skills with these activities

Support your child’s visual processing skills with these activities

When it comes to learning, the eyes have it. Once the visual information goes in, the brain gets to work interpreting what it sees and deciding the next step. That’s called visual processing. It’s easy to see how visual processing skills are crucial to success in school and learning. Kids need these skills to recognize a misspelled word, to notice when math problems on a worksheet switch from addition to subtraction to multiplication, and to spot the correct LEGO piece in a jumbled pile so it can be snapped in place to complete the latest model.

You can do it! 6 ways to promote confidence in your child

You can do it! 6 ways to promote confidence in your child

Kids’ ability (or lack of ability) to develop self-confidence early on may have a profound effect on the rest of their lives, including their careers. “From dropping your child off at a play date, or sleep away camp, being away from parents helps to build and foster independence because children won’t have mom or dad to run to if they need something,” states a recent blog on TheLittleGym.com. “Watch your kids’ self-confidence flourish when you let go.”

How to make science learning fun for kids

How to make science learning fun for kids

Ask any parent about developing their children’s reading skills, and chances are, they can come up with a ready list of solutions: set aside time each day for quiet reading, and read stories out loud, even if the child is too young to read. That’s because we all know...

5 ways to encourage problem solving in your child

5 ways to encourage problem solving in your child

Whether your child is 2 or 12, many parents are familiar with a certain twitch that flares up inside: Time to fly in and rescue the kid from that tangled mess.
The intention is always good. After all, we don’t expect kids to solve problems too big for them to handle. But as we mentioned in a recent blog, being in rescue mode all the time does your child no favors in the long run.

How do parents prepare their kids for future job opportunities?

How do parents prepare their kids for future job opportunities?

Recently, a panel for the Milken Institute talked about how to bridge that gap and discussed a future where 1.4 million STEM jobs will need to be filled in the next five years, but only 16 percent of high school students are interested in these fields. Though the panelists discussed big picture, 10,000-foot vantage point solutions, their insights are actually instructive about what parents can do today to prepare their kids for the future. Based on that hour-long discussion, here are three things for parents to consider. 

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