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Toddler fine motor skills: Poking and pinching

Toddlers are sensualists above all else – they love to smell, taste, and touch. If you give your child plenty of fun-to-feel materials to keep her little hands busy, she& 39;ll have a great time developing their strength and agility.Nontoxic modeling clay invites hand and finger movement as your child rolls, shapes, punches, and molds the material to her liking.
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Strings

Ever since your child saw the fantastic fiddler at the state fair – or maybe it was the string section at a children& 39;s concert that caught his ear – he& 39;s been playing a pretty mean air violin. Should you put a real instrument into those busy hands? Because string instruments come in sizes just right for little fiddlers, it& 39;s definitely an option worth playing with.
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Homework help: How to assist your child without doing it yourself

You don& 39;t like to watch your child struggle with a math problem or continually misspell words, but it& 39;s important to let him learn from his mistakes. When it comes to homework, abide by this rule: Support your child and offer assistance, but never do the assignment yourself. First grade is probably your child& 39;s first experience with homework, so you& 39;ll be involved to some degree — at least going over the instructions.
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Booster seat safety

Why does my child need a booster seat?Although some of us have fond memories of riding around in the back of the family station wagon unrestrained, at that time parents didn& 39;t realize just how dangerous it was.Today people drive much more than they used to, and kids spend a lot more time in cars than they did before car seats were used.
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Developmental milestone: Self-care (ages 6 to 8)

Self-care: What to expect whenAs your child gets older he& 39;ll learn – and want – to do more things for himself, from popping waffles in the toaster to breaking out the vacuum cleaner to tidy up his bedroom (you hope!). While watching your child grow increasingly independent can be bittersweet, learning to take care of himself is an important part of your child& 39;s personal and social development.
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Fun activities for intermediate readers

Your child is learning the mechanics of reading at school. At home, you can make reading fun and continue to develop your child& 39;s love of reading. Here are some great activity ideas for your intermediate reader.Because children learn in different ways, we& 39;ve arranged these activities by learning style.
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