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Why Johnny Can't Play

Kids acquire social competence through everyday interactions with parents.

Every parent knows that the ability to make and keep friends really matters when kids set foot in school. But exactly how do kids acquire social competence, and where?

A husband and wife team finds that kids' social skills come fundamentally from parents' everyday style of interacting with them. Through myriad mundane acts of competent parenting, kids learn responsiveness, sensitivity, and a positive orientation to others, report Jacquelyn Mize Ph.D., and Gregory Petit. Ph.D., professors of human development at Alabama's Auburn University. At least for the first few years, they say, mom and dad make all the difference. Interactions with parents give kids a general disposition toward peers.

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by Quenita Walrond

From the first month of life, babies show a preference for bright bold colours over light shades and tints. By 4 months of age, they are able to visually discriminate and react to the full colour spectrum, including shades and hues the way adults do. That is, they can see all colours and tell the difference from one to another. Given that children, barring any physiological issues like colour blindness or impaired vision, have a natural ability to perceive colour, as parents how do we move them to be able to match, identify, then name colours? Matching, identifying, and naming colours are separate skills that, when combined, form the educational concept “Colour Recognition”.

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Thursday, 07 November 2013 16:07

The importance of teaching your Child to Read

By Richard Francois

One of the most critical life skills a human being must possess in order to survive in the modern world is the ability to read. Being able to read opens the mind to limitless possibilities. Reading allows individuals to significantly enlighten themselves with the exploration of new words and the exchanging of ideas. It is very important that persons learn to read from an early age, in order to properly furnish themselves with the critical knowledge necessary for their personal development as literate people. The Ministry of Education (MOE) is very cognizant of the need for Guyanese to read more as it seeks to considerably raise the literacy level from its current unacceptable state. Moreover, MOE is presently putting measures in place to reverse the blight of illiteracy in Guyana through an innovative reading programme.

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