Marina Stewart

40 Flips | 2 Magazines | @MarinaStewa2014 | Keep up with Marina Stewart on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Marina Stewart”

Five simple activities that promote teamwork!

In the preschool classroom, life is all about learning how to work with others and this is an especially challenging proposition for young children. …

How to grow a baby's brain

The Grow America Stronger Campaign was created to organize support for funding for investment in early childhood. This month the theme is early brain …

An extra hour of TV beyond recommendations diminishes toddlers' kindergarten chances

Every hourly increase in daily television watching at 29 months of age is associated with diminished vocabulary and math skills, classroom engagement …

Moving to the rhythm 'can help language skills'

<b>Moving in time to a steady beat is closely linked to better language skills, a study suggests.</b><p>People who performed better on rhythmic tests also showed enhanced neural responses to speech sounds.<p>The researchers suggest that practising music could improve other skills, particularly reading.<p>In the …

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

Events Near You<p>May<p>24<p>Thu<p>Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD<p>May<p>25<p>Fri<p>Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD<p>Top Events<p>Jul<p>10<p>Tue<p>Fedexfield, Hyattsville, MD<p>Aug<p>5<p>Sun<p>9:30 …

Social skills 'key to good start at school'

<b>Childcare workers are calling for more play in the early years after a survey suggested social rather than academic skills were key to school readiness.</b><p>The survey of more than 2,000 UK childcare workers, parents and teachers rated social skills and independence more highly than key academic …

Naps Can Help Preschool Children Learn

Classroom naps can enhance memory and support learning in preschool children, a new study showed. The results might help educators make informed …

National Academy of Sciences

Kindergarten Teachers’ Effects on Five Year-Olds’ Futures

I never went to preschool. I also missed being in kindergarten when I went to a Pittsburgh (PA) elementary school in the early 1940s. It was my …

When Learning Is Playful And Intuitive, Good Things Happen

<b>When Learning Is Playful And Intuitive, Good Things Happen</b><p>by <b>Peter Kinney, CTO of Digital Dreams Labs</b><p>Curiosity thrives when learning is intuitive and …

Building a Better Brain Before Children Enter School

A few years back I was interviewing a literacy expert. The interview was for another publication, and through our conversation I asked how to connect …

Why A Regular Bedtime Is Important For Children

Children who have irregular bed times are more likely to have behavioral issues than children who have a regular bedtime routine. A survey of 10,00 children showed that irregular bedtimes are linked with difficulties such as hyperactivity, acting out and being emotionally withdrawn. Researchers …

Active Learning Activities for Boys and Girls

Some children will show a great need for kinesthetic learning while others like my son will just need a balance. After a full day of auditory and …

The Importance of Play

<b>Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.</b> - Stuart …

Teaching Kids Emotional Intelligence

Shares 15.1K<p>Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence was one of the most influential books I read in college – I still have my marked-up copy from …

Children Need Free Time

As parents, it is easy to worry about providing children with resources, but free time is the best possible resource you can provide for your child – …

Kids

Social and Emotional Skills for Kids: Get Ready for K Through Play

I feel that today’s fast-paced world makes social and emotional intelligence more critical for our kids than ever before. Here are a few ways I am …

Kids

10 Wonderful ways to weave

Weaving is such an excellent activity to try with preschoolers! Weaving not only promotes fine motor skills, but helps children learn how to create …

Does Play Matter?

What if your children are malnourished and small for their age? What if you live in a developing country where most children are living in extreme poverty? You would feel defeated; it would be hard for you to see a way out for your children. You would worry that they would duplicate your fate …

Free Play: Simple Items More Fun For Children - PsyBlog

Study finds children play more intensely and vigorously with crates, pipes and buckets than with monkey bars and slides.<p>A new long-term study has …

The Psychology of Why Kids (and Adults) Should Play Outside - PsyBlog

If children spend all their time indoors, how can they appreciate nature’s beauty?<p>Children who play outdoors have a stronger sense of purpose and …

Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

The more time children spend in structured, parent-guided activities, the worse their ability to work productively towards self-directed goals.<p>Most schools across the nation have marked the end of another academic year, and it’s time for summer. Time for kids to bolt for the schoolhouse doors for …

20 Things You Didn't Know About... Play

<b>1.</b> Children will play whether they live in a suburb or a war zone. The urge is so strong that children even played in concentration camps during the …

Neighborhood Plazas and the Power of Play | Smart Cities Dive

I recently went on a "Jane's Walk" of three public plazas in Queens to celebrate the legacy of Jane Jacobs. On the tour, organized by the …

Months Before They Start to Talk, Babies are Mentally Rehearsing Speech - PsyBlog

Baby’s brains find it easier to process their native language.<p>Even before babies begin to speak, the areas of their brains which plan movements — …

Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain

<i>This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.</i><p>When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.<p>"The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your …

Play 'boosts children's development and happiness'

<b>Play helps boost children's language development, problem solving, risk management and independent learning skills, a study reaffirms.</b><p>The report, for the Children's Play Policy Forum, found play improved children's physical and mental health, as well as their emotional well-being.<p>It also found …

The Real Reason Why Kids Fidget

A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her 6-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD. <i>This sounds familiar</i>, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I've noticed that this is a fairly common …

Free Play and Our Overscheduled Lives

Free play is nature’s means of teaching children that they are not helpless. In play, away from adults, children really do have control and can …