Tips and Tidbits

Into the River: Practicing Impulse Control

Resisting something that feels natural is hard for anyone and requires great impulse control. Impulse control can refer to the control of both verbal and physical responses. Researchers have shown that the inhibition of a physical response is more challenging for young children and generally develops later, but this “watery” adventure is a great way to practice! […]

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 […]

From shapes to letters: Tracing for better writing skills

Tracing, or following a curved or straight line with one’s finger or a writing tool, is a concrete way to help preschoolers develop a variety of physical and cognitive skills that are necessary for success both in and out of school. For example, tracing helps develop fine-motor control, hand-eye coordination, and attention control—many of the […]