Readiness Skills for Starting Kindergarten

Children enter Kindergarten with a whole range of skills – no two will be the same. Don’t expect any child to be “ready” for Kindergarten in every area, but here are some things you can work on at home to help your child be ready for ‘big kid’ school.  Social and emotional development Your child […]

Choosing Toys: When Less is Really More

By Lindsay Dunckel, Ph.D. This time of year, parents are inundated with advertisements and catalogs showing toys full of pizzazz—toys that light up, talk, even interact. Micro chips are everywhere, and children today can have a roomful of toys that entertain them, wondrous things that we parents never even dreamed of in our childhood. Imagine […]

Building Your Child’s Vocabulary

Building Your Child’s Vocabulary   All parents want their child to do well in school. One way to help your child is to help them build their vocabulary. Beginning readers use knowledge about words to help them make sense of what they’re reading. The more words a reader knows, the more they are able to […]

One Little Boy Showed Me a Lot about Learning. . .

by Lindsay Dunckel, Ph.D. I was sitting in a waiting room in Grass Valley and, being me, I was reading a bit but really watching the kids in the room (watching children is truly my favorite activity, I always learn so much from them). A young mom was there with three young children, ranging in […]

Building Your Child’s Vocabulary

Building Your Child’s Vocabulary   All parents want their child to do well in school. One way to help your child is to help them build their vocabulary. Beginning readers use knowledge about words to help them make sense of what they’re reading. The more words a reader knows, the more they are able to […]

School Readiness: Stone Soup

by Lindsay Dunckel, Ph.D. As the weather starts to cool in Nevada County, I begin to crave soup and look forward to some of the meal-in-a-pot varieties I make each Fall and Winter. And today my mind is wandering to the folktale Stone Soup. Remember that one? Here’s a short version of the tale. Or you […]

New Study: Dads’ Care Benefits Babies’ Cognitive Development

posted by Lindsay Dunckel A new study from Child Trends, Involvement among Resident Fathers and Links to Infant Cognitive Outcomes, published online in the Journal of Family Issues, shows that fathers’ warmth, care, and play with their babies is positively linked with infant cognitive development–as seen in the babies’ babbling and exploring objects. The study also finds that fathers’ influence […]