Kidaptive Blog

Tick Tock Hide-and-Seek

This week’s activity primes your child’s ears to pick up subtle changes in sound, which helps your learner develop the auditory discrimination skills required to discern slight differences in language sounds (such as between the “a” sounds in “cat” and “call”).  All you need is a portable ticking clock, metronome, or a device (like your phone) that […]

Exploring emotions through books and movies

Last week, we provided a few tips on how to support your child when they’re experiencing an intense emotion. This week, try this activity suggestion to further enrich their emotional learning: Reading a book or watching a movie can be a great time to practice identifying emotions in oneself and in others. As the action […]

Bedtime stories to grab your child’s attention

Research has shown that executive function is an even better predictor of school success than academic skill.  One important aspect of executive function is attention control, which allows a child to stay focused on a task at hand and to persevere in a challenging situation. A few weeks ago, we shared how to help your child […]

Letter recognition: ABC’s and beyond

It’s no surprise that letter knowledge at an early age is a strong predictor of reading skill later on. But did you know that children learn letter names better, and more strongly connect letters to reading, when letter names are taught with letter sounds? That’s because a letter name doesn’t have any intrinsic meaning. Although […]

Wacky wordplay: Understanding letter sounds

Research consistently shows that phonological awareness is the most powerful predictor of reading ability. Having an awareness of the small sounds that make up spoken language, like syllables and phonemes (distinct units of sound that distinguish one word from another), provides the foundation for connecting those sounds to written letters. Help your child with this […]

Top 5 Kidaptive Tips and Tidbits of 2013

We hope your new year is off to a great start!  If spending more quality time with your learner is on your list of resolutions this year, be sure to take advantage of our helpful Tips and Tidbits.  This weekly e-mail series offers parents quick facts, activity suggestions, and research-based advice on learning and growing […]

How to read with your preschooler, deluxe version

You’re probably already reading with your preschooler regularly.  But are you doing it the best way possible?  This post will describe an interactive reading method that you can use at home to maximize learning during story time. Reading experts say literacy development begins at birth.  Scary thought, isn’t it?  Fortunately, they don’t mean we should […]