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Bi-Lingual Toddlers: Giving Our Kids a Headstart

Bi-Lingual Toddlers: Giving Our Kids a Headstart

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Bi-Lingual Toddlers: Giving Our Kids a Headstart

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From birth to the age of three, children’s brains are growing at the fastest rate they will experience in their entire lives. This makes them like little sponges, hungry for learning and new experiences. One of the best things to teach your children from this age is how to speak a second language. Recent studies have shown that the absolute best time to learn a new language is when you’re learning your first one, giving babies and toddlers the opportunity for a head start at both school and life.

Bonjour Mon Enfant: Getting Your Child Bilingual

Children are naturally curious about the world around them, and with their rapidly developing language skills, they can naturally pick up a second language quite rapidly. Increasingly, there has been a push for preschools to even implement language programs into their daily routines, as having these skills gives kids a leg up in the increasingly global economy down the line. There’s no need to invest in expensive lessons either. With just a few simple methods, your child will know their apple from a manzana.

1) Purchase Bilingual Toys and Gadgets

Educational toy makers are recognizing the demand for more bilingual toys, and the market is responding with plenty of options. Many toys now come with options for switching from Spanish to English, and there are even tablet and smart phone games where toddlers can engage with various foreign languages in a fun way. Encourage your children with praise, perhaps even in their new language, when you hear them pronounce or use a word correctly.

2) Encourage Watching Bilingual ProgramsPucker Up

Even though many parents want to limit screen time for their little ones, occasionally television can still act as an educator. Kid favorites Dora The Explorer and Go, Diego, Go! both feature the regular use of Spanish words and phrases. Even good old Sesame Street is, and always has been, in on the act. Try watching these programs with your children and make it a learning experience for both of you.

3) Hire Bilingual or Foreign Nanny

If you are looking for some help around the house or just with your kids, thinking internationally can really bring home the benefits. Some professional nannies may speak English as a first language, but have the ability to teach other languages such as French or Spanish. Foreign nannies are also a popular option, and with the whole world to choose from your child could have opportunities to learn the language of your choice.

Hearing a language from a native speaker is one of the best ways to learn a language, and if you or your family hail from a foreign country, it’s also a great way to teach your child about their culture. As your child learns a new word, teach them the word from your language along with it. Aim for one word a day, and watch their vocabulary grow.

Giving your kid a head start in school and in life is a huge concern for parents, and giving them bilingual skills can get them started on the right path. Provide your children with the tools they need to learn, and encourage them to enjoy the process. By making learning fun, you’ll teach them a skill that will stay with them for life.

Domonique Powell wrote this article after viewing an educational infant toy at http://www.kidsii.com/p-57-octoplush.aspx which she felt would benefit new moms.

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Toys For Adults That Have A Need For More Playtime

Toys For Adults That Have A Need For More Playtime

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Think back to when you were a kid. What were some of your favorite toys? Maybe it was a pogo stick! Perhaps it was something as simple as a couple of old pots and pans you could bang your frustrations out on. How did those toys make you feel? Maybe your memories of playing on your pogo stick make you think about long, hot summer days that went on forever! It was difficult to come back home for supper when you were having so much fun.

Fast forward to today and you will find many adults who have forgotten how to have fun. The world has gotten so bogged down with work and family responsibilities that people have forgotten how to let themselves relax. It’s as if taking a few moments of everyday to laugh or just be in the present moment will cause you to miss an important deadline. Playtime, even for adults, is an important part of good health. One of the benefits of play for adults is to relieve stress. It can literally add more years to your lives. Here are some tips that can help you to find more playtime activities that will bring out the kid in you.

Play-doh

Remember that strange molding clay in bright colors you could play with for hours at a time? Play-doh is a great toy for adults who need to take a quick fifteen minute break to regain their sanity. You can buy it at virtually any children’s toy store, or even some dollar stores. You can buy one can, or indulge and buy several in different colors. Allow your mind to relax and mold the clay into the first thing that comes to your mind. Don’t judge what you make in the end as this destroys the purpose of play. Allow your creativity to take over and go wherever your imagination allows you to go.

Slot Cars

If you loved fast race cars as a child, then slot cars will be right up your alley. Slot cars are basically miniature vehicles that are often modeled after real cars. The cars are connected to an electric track with several slots that allow them to move using remote controls. It can be great fun for people who like to collect miniature cars and enjoy the thrill of racing them. One popular brand of slot cars popular among adults are Ninco slot cars. With the variety of slot cars to pick from, whether you prefer an Indy car or a vintage camouflage car, you’re sure to find a slot car that suits your personal taste.

Crayons and colored pencils

Coloring is great fun for people who love to play with color. You can buy yourself a sketch pad at a drug or stationery store along with a set of crayons and/or colored pencils. Draw whatever comes to your mind, or try and draw a scene that inspires you on the street. Perhaps a bouquet of flowers, a plate of beautiful food, or children playing in the park will inspire your drawing. Again, the finished result doesn’t have to be perfect. It simply needs to allow your mind to relax itself enough so that you can think freely.

So as you can see, playing with toys is not only for kids anymore. Adults can bring plenty of hours of fun back into their lives if they are willing to take a chance and rediscover that part of themselves again.

Mike is an advice counselor who has always helped relieve the stress that adults go through every day by giving them some extra remedies to do so.

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Medieval toys for your baby

Medieval toys for your baby

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Think your baby boy is going to grow up to be as hard as Chuck “Ice Man” Liddell? Why not ensure that he becomes a hard by buying him some of these baby toys?
If he lives through it, he’ll live through anything.

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