It’s complicated

Children are born to grow – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Yet how that plays out differs greatly from one child to another. Mozart famously started composing at the age of five, and the Hungarian mathematician John Neumann was just six years old when he first exchanged jokes with his father in ancient Greek. For a … Read more

Building resilience in children through conversational storytelling

The COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous challenges for families all over the world. Among those who have been most affected are young children, many of whom have far fewer opportunities to interact with peers and others outside the home now than they did before the pandemic. Between the ages of 1 and 5, these interactions … Read more

A Parent’s Guide to an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

Spread the love An IFSP is a document that organizes a plan for young kids who need early intervention services. It is customized for each kid, as well as including a plan for the family. For instance, when kids receive early intervention services, parents may also need the training to support their kids’ needs. Because … Read more

Has the COVID-19 crisis affected reading development?

“Hello reader! Go ahead and read this sentence aloud. And maybe this one too.” Did you, by any chance, time yourself? If so, you have measured your “oral reading fluency.” This simple measure—the number of words read aloud correctly divided by the length of time it took—is used to chart the development of reading skills … Read more

Teaching Kids How to Pronounce R-Controlled Vowels

Spread the love These are vowels that are trailed by an r that “controls” them. The five most common r-controlled vowel combinations are ar, er, ir, or, and ur. American English pronunciation has four widely identified r-controlled-vowels: ‘schwa+r’ /ɚ/ ‘ar sound’ /ɑr/ ‘or sound’ /ɔr/ ‘air sound’ /ɛr/ You’ve taught your learners the short vowel … Read more

How does morality develop in children as they mature?

If we want to help children succeed and thrive so that they can reach their full potential, we need to understand their mental, biological, and emotional needs. Join Sean Sanders, Director and Senior Editor for Custom Publishing at Science, as he interviews outstanding researchers in a broad range of fields whose work either directly involves … Read more

A Guide to Developmental Reading Programs

Spread the love After years of education, the ability to easily read, digest, and comprehend content may still be a struggle for some learners. Suppose learners identify that they lack in vocabulary, comprehension, or other reading skills. In that case, a developmental reading program can prepare the learners for the demands of college classwork or … Read more

The role of early interventions in improving the lives of children

If we want to help children succeed and thrive so that they can reach their full potential, we need to understand their mental, biological, and emotional needs. Join Sean Sanders, Director and Senior Editor for Custom Publishing at Science, as he interviews outstanding researchers in a broad range of fields whose work either directly involves … Read more

The Edvocate’s Guide to Developmentally Appropriate Practices

Spread the love Developmentally appropriate practices is the process of making a curriculum based on what learners can do cognitively, physically, and emotionally at a certain age. Of course, not each kid develops at the same rate, so, often, there’s a range of considered developmentally appropriate capabilities for each age. We expect kindergartners to be … Read more

A Parent’s Guide to Developmental Milestones

Spread the love A developmental milestone is a capacity that most kids achieve by a typical age.  For instance, some kids may start walking as early as 9 or 10 months while others don’t start to walk until 14 to 15 months. By looking at the various developmental milestones, parents, doctors, and educators can understand … Read more