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Children, Social Media and Parenting

social mediaAt SuperKids we love social media and the internet because they keep us in touch with one another and with our growing super kids, even after they graduate. We adore following their successes as they grow to celebrate every new event. Our website even has an alumni page where parents can share their kids’ first days of school, holiday pictures and special events. This bonds our community and keeps us together, even as we graduate or move to faraway places.   HOWEVER, as a parent my heart sinks a little every time I see elementary-age and younger children with internet and social media sites – or when I see adult sites that mock our children by posting pictures which shed them in negative, albeit sometimes humorous, light.

At SuperKids we feel it is our duty to instill in our children ...

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The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten

nclbOne of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in kindergarten.

A new University of Virginia study found that kindergarten changed in disturbing ways from 1999-2006. There was a marked decline in exposure to social studies, science, music, art and physical education and an increased emphasis on reading instruction. Teachers reported spending as much time on reading as all other subjects combined.

The time spent in child-selected activity dropped by more than one-third. Direct instruction and testing increased...

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Common foods that may cause choking in small children

Common foods that may cause choking in children under 4 years old.

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Some foods are easy for young children to choke on when swallowing because they are the same size and shape as a child’s airway.  For example, peanuts may block the lower airway.  A chunk of hotdog or a whole grape may completely block the upper airway.   In general, you should avoid serving foods that are wide as a nickel, which is about the size of a young child’s throat.  Foods that are likely to cause choking come in many shapes, sizes and textures.  They include foods that are round, tube shaped, small, hard, thick and sticky, smooth, slippery or easily molded to stick to the airway...

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Why is it important to encourage active play?

By moving more and sitting less, children learn to live in a healthful way.  When children particpate in active play, they develop their large muscles.  Large muscle development is important for movements such as walking, balancing, sitting up straiight, kicking, jumping, lifting, reaching, and throwing a ball.  Large muscle development also supports the development of small muscles, which helps with skills such as holding small objects and turning pages.

Active play also develops children’s confidence in their ability physically.   Active play helps children build their bones.  Habits learned early in life can create lifelong physical activity habits...

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Preschooler communication

By pbsparents.org

Preschoolers use their growing vocabularies and communication skills to express feelings, ideas and curiosity about the world around them.

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Between the ages of two and three, many preschoolers begin to use more complicated sentences. But this doesn’t mean that they understand all of an adult’s words or abstract concepts. In fact, preschoolers are often very literal thinkers and interpret ideas concretely. Many are only beginning to think logically and understand sequences of events.

Preschoolers learn that they can use specific words to express ideas and feelings. They have long known their parents’ words have power over their lives. They are beginning to realize that their own words can make a difference as well...

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Coding in schools

U.S. |​NYT Now

Imran Khaliq, 12, helped his brother Farhan, 7, left, and Aidan Brown, 6, at a school computer coding event in Mill Valley, Calif. Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times

MILL VALLEY, Calif. — Seven-year-old Jordan Lisle, a second grader, joined his family at a packed after-hours school event last month aimed at inspiring a new interest: computer programming.

“I’m a little afraid he’s falling behind,” his ...

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How much physical actvity do you need?

  • Physical activity is important for everyone, but how much you need depends on your age. Here are the recommendations from the USDA.
  • ADULTS
  • (18 to 64 years)
  • Adults should do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a moderate level OR 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a vigorous level. Being active 5 or more hours each week can provide even more health benefits. Spreading aerobic activity out over at least 3 days a week is best. Also, each activity should be done for at least 10 minutes at a time. Adults should also do strengthening activities, like push-ups, sit-ups and lifting weights, at least 2 days a week.
  • CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
  • (6-17 years)
  • Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity eac...
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Screen Time and Children

Screen Time and Children

When was the last time you saw a toddler playing with their parents i-phone happily?  I suspect it was yesterday.  It seems that the new developmental stages are roll over…crawl…hold a hand held device…then walk.  Most parents of older children look at new parents with envy at all the convenient electronics available to them to occupy their child-most especially when they are at a resturant.  I didn’t even know what the inside of a resturant looked like when my now 17 year old was a baby.  And forget about plane rides.  Years later my back still hurts from the humungous bags of toys I had to carry on planes just in case I had to occupy her for the whole trip.  As an exhausted parent I certainly see what a God sent these modern conveniences are...

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Fewer American kids are reading for pleasure

Fewer American kids reading for pleasure, report says

Fewer American kids reading for pleasure, report says

Fewer American kids reading for pleasure, report says

Reading has declined drastically among American children with large section saying they read for pleasure just once or twice a year, a report released by Common Media Sense states.A meta-analysis of seven surveys and various tests by public and private groups show that overall reading among pre-adolescents and youngsters has gone down tremendously in the last 30 years. The report also showed that fewer parents read to their children thesedays. Researchers, however, noted that other forms of reading, such as e-books, were not taken into account.

here’s the release

Common Sense Media today announced the release of “Children, Teens, and Readin...

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Dress your child for active play success!

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Phyiscal activity is imperative for your child both physically and mentally.  As a matter of fact, the CDC has found that physical education has a positive impact on academic performance. The correlation between physical activity and academic success stem from many-not so obvious-areas of early education.  First,  excersise helps maintain strong muscles which support both large muscles groups for activities like running and jumping  but also small muscles groups for holding pencils, using sissors, turing pages etc.  In addition, social success in young children revolves around how they interact with each other in both small and large groups.  In this repect the playground becomes their universal language...
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