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Use books with good pictures as well as good stories In English children's books, I thoroughly recommend the various Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books. Individually they're OK, but together they're brilliant. The illustrations not only show visually what the words are talking about, but also have a bunch of other details. Half the interaction when ...


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In our experience, the main reading-promoting activities at this early age were limited to reading aloud to children. We used good quality books with lots of pictures, often board books. Having the parent engaged in reading is important, so we always had a good supply of children's books that were also interesting to adults. At its best, reading to children ...


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when to start reading books to a child As soon as it's fun for everyone involved. 11 months is fine if you and your daughter enjoy it. and attempt teaching reading? Too early. At 11 month you should focus mainly on spoken word. Don't make it a chore or something with a learning goal. Cuddle, tickle, talk, look at pictures, play around with words, be silly....


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Perhaps your view of punishments has desensitized them to the point of them just accepting their fates. The point of a punishment is to cause inconvenience for an inconvenience they cause to others. It doesn't matter what it is, what matters is how they perceive it in terms of proportionality. That's what you gotta sell them. When it comes to procrastination,...


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I come from a nearly entirely left handed family, and i have two left handed kids. My hubby is the only right handed family member for miles! I can never remember having an issue switching things over, and he teaches our two lefties all the time. If pencil grip is the challenge, and it often is the hard part to teach, i strongly suggest some finger position ...


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I agree with what Becuzz has stated. You could start by modeling how to interact with the cats. I did this with my daughter and our dogs. Be gentle with the animals and talk about how they are such good boys/girls. When the cats show that they are no longer interested in getting human attention, talk about it out loud. "Kitty needs her/his space!" &...


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First, those are some really harsh punishments. Punishment rarely works, and now that you've seen for yourself that it doesn't with your kids, please stop. I don't know if there's a good English term, but you've reached what pedagogues in Sweden call the method ceiling, we're your current methods are no longer working. At this point we usually escalate our ...


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That sounds very frustrating. Using extrinsic rewards can be helpful, but the reward should immediately follow the desired behavior and the best rewards somehow have a connection to the behavior. I am a big proponent of natural consequences for behaviors. When you go outside without your jacket, you are probably going to get cold. That is a natural ...


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I am a procrastinator, and my kid is too. Couple of approaches that help me Break it down into smallest chunks of tasks. For the math homework example: i. Place the worksheet, scratch paper, pencil, eraser on the table for studying. ii. Read the first problem. iii. What is it asking for. iv. What is the information given. v. What is the overall technique to ...


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You must be tired and frustrated. Using reinforcement method it is so hard, because before a behavior disappears it tends to become more frequent or high in volume. At this stage parents can feel so angry or frustrated. But after you decide to use this method, if you give up when child at the resisting period, the behavior persists. Secondly rather than ...


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I can say yes and no. If it too cognitive, I think it can cause drawbacks on other side of the development. "movement" is an important element at development of the children are at the early stages. Does the child move, try new things, experience the world, making sensory connections? How about resilience and emotional side? Sometimes people can ...


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can over-enthusiasm adversely affect a kid's learning process? As long as the kid has fun with it, it's totally fine and a VERY good thing to do. Kids that age WANT to stretch their brains, are capable of learning much more complex things than most people assume and under-challenging is probably a more frequent problem. Example: around that age it's easier ...


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