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WOW! Word of the Week: REUSE

by Babs Hadjusiewicz April 17, 2016 2 Comments

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REVIEWS: Today's Song CD

by Babs Bell Hadjusiewicz April 13, 2016 1 Comment

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WOW! Word of the Week: INTEREST

by Babs Hadjusiewicz April 12, 2016

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Reading Head Start: Signage Fun with Your Toddler

by Babs Hadjusiewicz April 06, 2016

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This Week's WOW! Word: TOLERATE

by Babs Hadjusiewicz April 05, 2016

Did you know that your child's listening and speaking vocabulary by age 4 is an important predictor of his later success as a reader, writer, and a lifelong learner? 
And did you know that the richness of the words you model--when you talk and read aloud every day-determines the exact words your child will hear . . . and say? 

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WOW! Word: EMBARRASS

by Babs Hadjusiewicz March 29, 2016

Did you know that your child's listening and speaking vocabulary by age 4 is an important predictor of his later success as a reader, writer, and a lifelong learner? 
And did you know that the richness of the words you model--when you talk and read aloud every day-determines the exact words your child will hear . . . and say? 

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WOW! Word: RELAX

by Babs Hadjusiewicz March 22, 2016

Did you know that your child's listening and speaking vocabulary by age 4 is an important predictor of his later success as a reader, writer, and a lifelong learner? 
And did you know that the richness of the words you model--when you talk and read aloud every day-determines the exact words your child will hear . . . and say? 

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Biting Part 1

by Babs Hadjusiewicz March 17, 2016

What do you do when your baby begins to use new teeth to bite you or someone else? Biting hurts! So how do you make it stop? You’ve tried saying, “No!” You’ve tried distracting her. But nothing’s worked. What do you do now?

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Biting Part 2

by Babs Hadjusiewicz March 16, 2016

Without a doubt, biting another person is unacceptable, on this planet, anyway. We’re aghast, whether it’s our babe or another whose flesh and feelings get injured, whether we’ve witnessed it or heard tales. And flummoxed dismay brings up lots more than children’s tears.

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Whining Part 1

by Babs Hadjusiewicz March 16, 2016

This season of giving prompts us to begin our look at a tool that’s available to any parent who wants it. It’s the perfect gift to give yourself at holiday time . . . or anytime.

Let’s find out how and why this gift not only keeps on giving to you; it also gives to your child, the entire family, and to everyone within earshot of a whiner.

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Whining Part 2

by Babs Hadjusiewicz March 16, 2016

Let’s review your experiences with sing-songing this past month and then address more why’s and how’s for nipping whining in the bud.

Some of you reported an eagerness to try out sing-songing. Many shared enthusiasm for positive strategies. A couple parents shared stats collected around who pays attention to impromptu sing-songing: Kids do! And, they found, store employees and other fellow planet dwellers sent kudos to parents and others who work to end kids’ whining!

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Whining Part 3

by Babs Hadjusiewicz March 16, 2016

We find that whining, like biting behaviors, strikes a chord for many. As we wrap the topic this month, we’ll review your comments and then address more whine-nipping strategies. First, though, note whining’s self-reflective nature: one could whine ad nauseam about its effect on us. Ha!

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Babsy B Tip: Help Your Child Build Self-Esteem

by Babs Hadjusiewicz March 10, 2016

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WOW! Word of the Week: FINAL

by Babs Hadjusiewicz March 07, 2016

Did you know that your child's listening and speaking vocabulary by age 4 is an important predictor of his later success as a reader, writer, and a lifelong learner? 

And did you know that the richness of the words you model--when you talk and read aloud every day-determines the exact words your child will hear . . . and say? 

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Babsy B Tip: Conversation Starters

by Babs Hadjusiewicz March 01, 2016

How to Ask About Your Child’s Day

Ask open-ended questions with purpose, such as:

“What kind words did you hear today?”

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This Week's WOW! Word: DISRUPT

by Babs Hadjusiewicz February 29, 2016

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Babsy B Tip: Reading Reinforced 101

by Babs Hadjusiewicz February 24, 2016

How to Help Your Child Be a Reader

Put age-appropriate books, newspapers, magazines next to your ready-reader––beside the toilet.

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This week's WOW! Word: ENGAGE

by Babs Hadjusiewicz February 22, 2016

Did you know that your child's listening and speaking vocabulary by age 4 is an important predictor of his later success as a reader, writer, and a lifelong learner? 
And did you know that the richness of the words you model--when you talk and read aloud every day-determines the exact words your child will hear . . . and say? 

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Ask Babs: Developing Critical Thinking

by Babs Hadjusiewicz February 18, 2016 1 Comment

Q: I want my child to have good thinking skills. We read aloud every day. Does that help? 

A: Absolutely yes! Did you know you’re building critical thinking skills and much more every time you talk about that story or poem you’ve read aloud? For example, suppose you've read Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon with your infant or toddler. 

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WOW! Word of the Week: DISGUISE

by Babs Hadjusiewicz February 16, 2016

      Did you know that your child's listening and speaking vocabulary by age 4 is an important predictor of his later success as a reader, writer, and a lifelong learner? 
And did you know that the richness of the words you model--when you talk and read aloud every day-determines the exact words your child will hear . . . and say? 
             Our weekly WOW! Word and its modeled sentences provide you with rich conversation to enjoy with your newborns and toddlers who are all ears! We know that babies and toddlers who hear these words add them to their "words stash" to say when they talk. 

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Babsy B Tip: Got a Nose Picker?

by Babs Bell Hadjusiewicz February 15, 2016

Here’s how to handle it at home or in your classroom.

While ushering your child to the bathroom, say:

“Oh, I see you need some privacy to do that. You can use toilet paper for your nose in private. When you’re all done, just come on out.”

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WOW! Word of the Week: EXPLORE

by Babs Hadjusiewicz February 09, 2016 1 Comment

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WOW! Word of the week: ENCOURAGE

by Babs Hadjusiewicz February 01, 2016

Did you know that your child's listening and speaking vocabulary by age 4 is an important predictor of his later success as a reader, writer, and a lifelong learner? 

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Babsy B Tip: Books, Books, and more Books

by Babs Hadjusiewicz January 31, 2016 1 Comment

Reading Head Start: Housing Your Child’s Library

Put a box or basket of books in every room and in the bathroom.

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