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Tips for Encouraging Children to Enjoy Writing

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Tips for Encouraging Children to Enjoy Writing

Among my favorite moments as a parent is when I see my children become completely absorbed in activities they love. I often notice my 15-year-old daughter engrossed in writing. At times, I can stand in her doorway for several minutes watching as she is caught up in the flow of her thoughts, entirely unaware of my presence.  Recently, as she selected her classes for the following school year, I suggested that she enroll in an English course with an emphasis on writing, naively assuming that her...

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Reading aloud to young children: a how-to guide

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Reading aloud to young children:  a how-to guide

“I take my toddler to story hour at the library as often I can,” a client recently told me.   “The librarian seems to know some kind of magic that makes him pay attention and he really likes it. When I try to read a book to him at home, he wriggles and squirms and we’re both bored and frustrated. He just doesn’t like reading at home and I’m not good at it so I’ve given up and I take him to the library instead.” Does this sound familiar? I encouraged this mom to keep trying to read to her son...

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Ask Nurturance: Why hire a bilingual nanny?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Why hire a bilingual nanny?

Dear Nurturance, My husband and I are expecting our first child in December.  We would love for her to learn more than one language, but we only speak English and what little we remember of our Spanish classes in high school.  I know that some families hire bilingual nannies to care for their children.  I’d love to learn more about what research says about this practice.   Thanks in advance, Karen Dear Karen, Recent research has shed light on both the benefits of bilingualism for...

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Ask Nurturance: Why is reading books so important?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Why is reading books so important?

Dear Nurturance, With all the engaging and enriching activities available for children these days aren’t books a little antiquated? I can think of so many fun and stimulating things for my child to do like play with brain-enhancing apps, watch commercial free, educational shows and animated stories on a private screen and participate in interactive toys and games. Surely these things are much more appropriate in 2016? Why do so many “experts” hold on to the notion that books are the only path...

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Books at home lead to educational achievement

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Books at home lead to educational achievement

As I have interacted with parents and children from many different cultural backgrounds over the years, I have noticed one shared goal parents have for their children. Across various cultures, values and socioeconomic status, many families hold schooling in high regard and have the desire for their children to reach a high level of educational attainment. One commonly held assumption is that the strongest predictor of educational success for children is having parents who are highly educated....

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Ask Nurturance: Consistency in bilingual language development

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Consistency in bilingual language development

            Dear M, I have a question about raising bilingual kids: how far should I take the whole consistency thing? I try to always speak Norwegian to my kids and my husband speaks English to them. Yesterday, my daughter brought over an English book that she wanted me to read to her. I wondered if I could just read it or if I should translate as I went along, and “read” it to her in Norwegian. She loves that particular book, you see. 🙂 I’m...

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