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Preventing Summer Learning Loss

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.29.2016 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Right now, many teachers are thinking about summer. No, I don't mean they're dreaming of days on the beach or at the pool; they're searching for way...

Why Do Children Ask, 'Why?'

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 02.19.2017 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Children's innate curiosity plays a big part in their "why" questions. Their curiosity about the world around them helps to build concepts, skills, vocabulary, and understanding of the unknown. And you can help channel their curiosity and need to know why so that you help foster learning in a positive way.

Kindergarten Readiness, Part 2

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.22.2016 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

In this post, I will share many of the early academic indicators of kindergarten readiness. The list is by no means comprehensive, but it will provide families with an understanding of what will be expected of their child and offer tips to help them prepare their child for a successful transition to kindergarten.

Kindergarten Readiness, Part 1

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.15.2016 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Most families know that early childhood education is critical for later school success. But most don't know which social/behavioral and early academic "kindergarten readiness" abilities and knowledge children should have by the time they are old enough to enter kindergarten.

The Allure of Technology for Young Learners

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Children need a balance of activities, including lots of physical play and movement, non-screen-based learning and reading; and healthy routines for eating, sleeping and hygiene, along with age-appropriate, education-focused screen time with adult oversight and monitoring.

Helping Children Make Sense of Numbers: Number Sense

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Young learners love knowing that numbers can represent everything from a single, little pebble in the palm of their hand to the billions of grains of sand on a beach.

Learning to Count, Counting on Learning

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

What does it mean for your child to "count with understanding"? It means that he or she knows that the word one refers to a single object of any kind, the word two refers to two objects and so on. Here's where you come in, as parents and caregivers.

Steer Your Young Child to the Library

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

November is Picture Book Month and this week is National Young Readers Week, which got me thinking about libraries and the tremendous value they offer our young children.

Science for the Summer! Part Three: Explorations

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 10.28.2012 | Parents
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

If you think of everything in your environment as an opportunity to teach science to your child, you can create a wonder-filled summer of exploration.

Science for the Summer! Part Two: Explorations

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 10.09.2012 | Parents
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

It's fun to play with lights and shadows, whether in the sun outdoors or with a flashlight indoors.

Science for the Summer

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 09.23.2012 | Parents
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Learning about science doesn't have to be limited to a museum. Here are some suggestions for creating opportunities right in your home: