The Right Words

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When Marlo Thomas was an 18-year-old up-and-coming actress, she was devastated when journalists began debating whether she’d ever be as good or popular as her famous father, TV star Danny Thomas. She went to him in tears, insisting that she wanted to change her name. “I raised you to be a thoroughbred,” Danny told his […]


A Voice In The Night

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Seventy-five pages of poetic thought on everyday life, including the author’s frustrations with shopping and solicitors, greet the readers of A Voice in the Night, by GeorgeAnne Smith. She also includes a touching homage to the men and women who protect and serve us all. An interesting poem speaks from the view of a person […]


Childhood Communication Problem

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There are many children who have problems with their speech from an early age. In this article I am going to write about the speech impediment known as stuttering. Stuttering normally starts for people in childhood and is often referred to as a childhood stutter. This is often a very worrying time for parents and […]


Teach Your Child Phonemic Awareness

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In recent years, the field of reading education has changed dramatically and many reading instructors have divided it between phonic instruction and whole language. Various reading programs that fall into one of the two camps have spent millions advertising the relative merits of both. The simple truth of the matter is that the best reading […]


Ready Your Child For Reading

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It’s never too soon to start your child on the path to reading. Simply talking to your infant and toddler helps her develop the vocabulary she will need as she enters school and begins to read. As you point and name objects, she will begin to understand the meaning of words, and will eventually begin […]


Ready Set Read Specific Activities To Make Your Child A Reader

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Providing positive, enjoyable literacy experiences give young children opportunities to gain the knowledge, awareness, skills, and love of learning that they need to later learn to read independently. Here are 8 ways you can provide those experiences: CHOOSE THE RIGHT BOOKS Choose books that have large colorful pictures or photos; a few words on a […]


Parrots To Poets Its All In Learning To Say Words

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A ready reckoner for you to check your child’s development As a parent you may spend many anxious moments worrying whether your child is developing well, whether anything is wrong, or worrying about illnesses or learning disabilities. Well, most developmental articles or charts are just general reference points. Some babies grow and pass each stage […]


Spelling Games For Kids

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The following spelling games can be used by parents — or teachers — to reinforce spelling in children. SPELLING GAME 1: USE BOARD GAMES, SUCH AS MONOPOLY Play any game that is normally played with dice with the child — Monopoly, for example. The parent can continue to move her token forward in the normal […]


Why You Should Read To Your Child

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As a parent you have many important priorities when it comes to your child. You need to keep your child safe, healthy, and loved. In today’s hectic world, we often spend so much time engaged on those priorities we forget another important area — mental stimulation. As parents we need to engage our children’s minds […]


Reading Comprehension Skills Part I

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If you can read every word on a page, are you really reading? Well, maybe and maybe not! One definition of ‘read’ is “to utter aloud written matter;” if using this definition alone, of course you are reading. There is another definition, though, which says “to understand or interpret.” After reading the page, if you […]


Educational Videos And Your Child S Development

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There is much to be said about how much television is too much television for children. As parents we are constantly reminded that our children should not be watching television at all. We hear about the risks of Attention Deficit Disorder, overall disobedience, and many other terrible consequences. I don’t disagree completely, but I do […]


Teach Your Child Phonological Awareness

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Phonological awareness skills are key to reading success. Phonological awareness is an important foundation for learning to read. Scientific research has documented that phonological awareness is a better predictor of reading success than IQ, vocabulary, or socioeconomic level of the family. Research has shown that children who begin reading instruction with sufficiently developed phonological awareness […]


The Voice Of Customer Service

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Customer relationship management tools abound, yet let’s hear it for old technology. Your voice is the most multifaceted customer service tool in your toolkit. Your voice can convey concern, care and compassion. It can alternately convey boredom, neglect or contempt. Your challenge: to insure your voice reinforces the service you strive to deliver through your […]


The Language Of Real Estate Investing Use The F Words To Succeed

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If you’re new to real estate investing, you probably haven’t figured it out yet. But you will. It’s inevitable. Stick around long enough and you’ll discover that successful real estate investors have their own lingo. Yes. Their own language. And if you ever talk to these investors, most of them will quickly resort to certain […]


Why Photographs For Your Listing Are Important

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To market your property, you are going to need to have some choice photographs. Before whipping out the camera, however, you need to give some thought to the process. Why Photographs for Your Listing Are Important One of the most important things that will set your property out from others is photographs. When a buyer […]


Taboo Is Fun

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If you have never tried playing the guessing game of Taboo you should immediately visit the board game selves of your local toy-store and purchase a box that hides inside numerous moments of fun and true creative spirit. I was introduced to Taboo one evening at a friend’s house and since then I have been […]


The Stunning Effects Of Blessing Your Food

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Grandma was right. Bless your food. It’s a rare thing these days to hear someone blessing their food. Other than Thanksgiving…and quaint Norman Rockwell paintings…our food goes unblessed. Happily consumed, largely unappreciated. There is real magic in the blessing of food – or anything else. This is not airy-fairy New Age stuff. Nor is based […]