Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic Awareness & Kindergarten Readiness

Early Childhood Development: Phonemic Awareness Phonemic awareness is the ability to recognize, differentiate and manipulate the individual sound units in spoken words. As if the term “sound units” wasn’t pretentious enough, early childhood educators and speech therapists often refer to individual sound units as “phonemes.” Phonemes are more than just syllables. The word “hat” has […]

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Letter and Word Awareness

Letter and Word Awareness & Kindergarten Readiness

Early Childhood Development: Phonological Awareness Letter and Word Awareness is the ability to identify individual written letters and words. Once children are able to identify printed letters, they develop the ability to identify entire words. The entire developmental progression from letter awareness to word awareness to fluent reading typically begins around age three with letter […]

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Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Development & Kindergarten Readiness

Early Childhood Development: Fine Motor Skills Fine motor movements involve the coordination of small muscles in the hands and fingers. Strong fine motor skills are essential to complete tasks such as writing, cutting, using a fork or spoon, threading beads, moving puzzle pieces, zipping, buttoning, and tying shoe laces. Without well-developed fine motor skills, a […]

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Help Your Child Learn The Colors

Help Your Child Learn The Colors

Grouping pictures or items by color is one of the simplest classification systems available to young children, since color is such an obvious attribute. The following worksheets will challenge your child to rely on strong visual discrimination skills to group items by major color group. Many children first begin identifying different colors when they are […]

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Help Your Child Learn The Shapes

Helping Your Child Learn The Shapes

Learning to identify common shapes is an important visual discrimination activity for young children. Shapes exist throughout a child’s environment, and an ability to readily identify shapes and to use the correct term when referring to them is important. These worksheets will help your child learn to properly draw each shape as well as gain […]

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Visual Discrimination

Intro to Visual Discrimination

Young children learn through observation. They love exploring the world around them, observing the nuances of everything they see. Interestingly, many people, things and places share similar characteristic and may differ in only one or two small ways. Also, many letters (such as B and P or J and L) appear very similar and only […]

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Art Supplies Austin

Best Art Supply Stores in Austin

Artists are serious about their art supplies, so finding an Austin art supply store that has everything you need is really nothing short of amazing. When shopping, artists, and crafters consider several factors, the two most important of which are product quality and price. If you’re going to art school or simply enjoy creating, you’ll […]

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Best Kids Online Art Classes

Best Online Art Classes for Kids

Because schools have reduced extracurricular activities such as art, students may not have enough time to express their creative side. We’ve compiled a list of the best online art classes for kids. There are numerous art and craft activities in which children of various ages can participate. These mostly free online art classes for children […]

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Austin Holiday Bazaars Craft Markets

Austin Holiday Craft Markets & Bazaars

Austin has a plethora of fun arts and crafts markets, especially this time of year! Whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind clothes, artisanal jewelry, or Texas crafts, you’re almost certain to find what you’re looking for at one of these markets. Prepare to find the ideal gift for your children, nanny or babysitter, grandma, and all […]

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kids creative play

Play Areas for Encouraging Creativity

How to Encourage Creative Play Preschoolers, as you may have noticed, enjoy playing. According to experts, not all play is created equal. Here are some open-ended” activities to encourage children to engage in creative, imaginative play. Creative Play can be divided into seven major categories. In no particular order, these are:

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