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Prevent the Summer Slide


Prevent the Summer Slide No school, the main reason why kids love summer.  To kids no school means all fun and no learning.  As a result, kids often lag trying to get back in the swing of learning when they return to school in the fall.  The last thing that kids want to do during […]

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Fun and Easy Ways to Connect Engineering with Literacy


Engineering is a way of doing.  It is about learning to solve problems, using various materials, designing, creating, and constructing things that work. Listed below are books and hands-on activities that will connect engineering with literature and help teach children how to solve problems. Freight Train by Donald Crews This story shows a freight train and […]

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Fun and Easy Ways to Connect Technology with Literacy


Technology is a way of doing.  It is about using tools, identifying problems, being inventive and making things work. Below are various books and activities to connect technology with literature!   Basher: Go! Go! Bobo Colors by Simon Basher Bouncy Bobo can’t sit still. He just has to bounce his way across the pages of this book, painting […]

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Play and its Relationship to Language


Play and its Relationship to Language By Karen A Francioso-Howe, MS CCC Play, play, play It is such an important part of a child’s preschool development.  It is how a child learns to problem-solve, interact, turn-take and socialize with peers.  But, did you know that play is also an important prerequisite for language development? People […]

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Technology and your Child’s Sleep – Helpful or Harmful?


Technology and Your Child’s Sleep – Helpful or Harmful? By: Amy Gemmiti, LCSW In many households, a common bedtime routine looks like this:  after dinner, your child watches a TV show or plays a few games on a laptop or tablet to help “wind down” from a busy day.  As the child goes to bed, he […]

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Ear Infection and its Impact on Speech and Language Development


Ear Infection and its impact on speech and language development By Karen A. Francioso-Howe, MS CCC You may not think of speech and language development as being related to health. In fact, there are many factors which can contribute to a child’s delayed speech and language development. One important health-related issue that affects many children […]

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Fun STEM Boredom Busters for Vacation Week


by Krissy Cannizzo, Education Coordinator As a parent of two boys under ten years, I am always looking for fun, hands-on, educational activities to keep them engaged during vacation weeks.  Here are five of our  low-cost boredom busters your kids will be sure to enjoy! #1 DIY Mystery Maker Kits These are brown lunch bags filled […]

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Building Your Child’s Language Skills


Building Your Child’s Language Skills By Karen A. Francioso-Howe, MS CCC   Communication is so important in a toddler’s life. The child can now use language to express her wants and needs. She can use language to regulate her environment. By age two years, some children can use two- to three-word sentences, ask questions and […]

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Is My Child’s Speech and Language Development Delayed?


Is my Child’s Speech and Language Development Delayed? By Karen A. Francioso-Howe, MS CCC As a speech-language pathologist, I receive many calls and questions from parents concerning their child. During the initial interview, almost every parent asks, “Are my child’s speech and language delayed?” or, “Why is my child’s speech delayed?” These questions are difficult […]

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Teach Your Family the Value of Giving Back This Season


As the leaves begin to change and the temperature starts dropping, it’s safe to say that the Fall season is officially underway.  Halloween costumes fill the stores and kids are bringing home more crafts coated with the colors of the season than can fit of the refrigerator door.  Plans of apple picking, pumpkin carving and […]

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