Sirena Van Schaik

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Aug 21

Encouraging Reading: Your Toddler

It has been a while since I first wrote about encouraging reading in your infant and I thought it was about time that I get back to this series in case there were some of you waiting for me to get on with it. As I mentioned in the previous post, I am a big …

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Sep 14

A Poem by Helen Keller

I am ghostwriting a few chapters on child development right now and found that I needed to fact check a few of the points that I was writing this weekend. I have boxes upon boxes of reference materials as well as all my notebooks and textbooks from when I was in college. I was extremely …

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Aug 15

The Last Days of Summer

Today it was official, we took down the pool so it has to be the last day of summer. Okay, maybe the last day of summer is officially on September 21st and the last day of summer vacation isn’t until Monday but you can definitely feel the days winding down into a new schedule. Already …

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Aug 02

Theorists of Child Development Part Three

If you can remember far enough back, I wrote both part one and two of this series on Theorists of Child Development.  My first post was about Freud and my second was about Erikson.  Today, I am going to take us closer to the end of this series and discuss Piaget.  If you are not …

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Aug 01

Mind over Matters: The Right Mind-Set to Start School

The First Day Of School. A phrase that must be written like that, because it is such an important milestone for the child -and for the parents too. School is the place where a child may spend more of his waking time than he does in his home, not counting sleep. It is the place …

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Jul 14

Theorists of Child Development Part Two

If you remember a few weeks ago, I started a post on the Theorists of Child Development and by the end of a pretty long post, I had only covered Freud and some of his theories. I did hint that I was going to move on to Erik Erikson in a few weeks and today …

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Jul 01

Between Parents: Lamenting the Loss of a Tooth

I was all set to write about that horrible stage in development when you need to have “The Talk.”  You know the one about the birds and the bees but then I was making dinner last night and my oldest son yelled out, “My tooth is really loose!” Oh, no! I knew that this day …

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Jun 02

Theorists of Child Development Part One

When I talk about child development and all the things you can do to encourage it, the foundations of all my theories and practices are attributed to several theorists.  I know that in the day to day, most parents could really care less about who invented this or what the thread of thought was on …

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May 01

Media Influences: Weight

  Last night I took an hour to myself to watch America’s Next Top Model.  Yes, I watch it every week and only started watching it during the last “cycle”.  I say I watch it because I have an interest in fashion and it gives me some names to look into but let’s face it…there …

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May 01

Cheat Sheets: Snails

It has been a while since I wrote a cheat sheet for the site so I figured it was time to do so again. Right now, I am the proud snail-sitter of about 10 snails. They will be going back into a nice spot in my yard very soon, not the garden where they were …

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