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Apps: Little PIM – Teach Your Kid a Second Language

Self-control in a child is the best predictor for future success and one way to help children develop their self-control is to teach them a second language. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, you probably only have one language in your repertoire so teaching your child a second language is a challenge. This is an appContinue reading “Apps: Little PIM – Teach Your Kid a Second Language”

Learning Languages: Little PIM

There are many benefits for children learning a second language and the consensus seems to be pretty clear – the younger your child starts, the easier it will be – especially if it is before they reach about the age of 7 years. This is because the brains of young children are primed for learning –Continue reading “Learning Languages: Little PIM”

Surprising Discovery on Teaching Chinese Culture and Language

Hubby and I recently started watching a Chinese series called “Journey to the West“. For those of you who are unfamiliar, this series depicts the Chinese legend of the Monkey God. Here’s a short excerpt of what it’s about: “Journey to the West is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. ItContinue reading “Surprising Discovery on Teaching Chinese Culture and Language”

Educational Insights Blurt! The Uproarious Word Race Game!

Promotes vocabulary building and word recall Includes 300 cards, which have 1800 clues at 2 playing levels This special edition includes a Junior version for ages 7-9, as well as the regular version World-famous game is back and better than before Great for family game nights, parties, classrooms and more Think fast. What word meansContinue reading “Educational Insights Blurt! The Uproarious Word Race Game!”

What is Your Child’s Love Language?

Many years ago, I stumbled across a book while browsing in a bookstore. It was called “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. The book talks about five love languages – the manner in which we express and interpret love: Words of Affirmation Quality Time Receiving Gifts Acts of Service Physical Touch The 5 LoveContinue reading “What is Your Child’s Love Language?”

Language Acquisition: How a Word is Born

There is a very interesting video on TED about how babies learn to speak new words. It is given by Deb Roy who directs the Cognitive Machines group at the MIT Media Lab, where he studies how children learn language, and designs machines that learn to communicate in human-like ways. In this talk, he tellsContinue reading “Language Acquisition: How a Word is Born”

Language Acquisition – the Significance of a Live Teacher

I’ve been pondering over Patricia Kuhl’s findings on how babies learn language and a couple of thoughts have come to mind that I wanted to throw out there. I don’t have any answers, just questions – or perhaps it’s just food for thought. Why I think it is important is because the answers will affectContinue reading “Language Acquisition – the Significance of a Live Teacher”

The Secret Language of Babies in Practice – Part 2

Despite listening to the “sounds” made by babies from The Secret Language of Babies, I’m afraid that I am no closer to understanding Gareth.  We’re still operating on the elimination process for identifying his needs.  To be quite honest, I’m not entirely sure if Gareth is even attempting to communicate with me using the SecretContinue reading “The Secret Language of Babies in Practice – Part 2”

Understanding the Secret Language of Babies

In my previous post on this topic, I mentioned having difficulty deciphering between the specific sounds highlighted by Patricia Dunstan’s Secret Language of Babies.  For instance, “eh”, “neh” and “heh” all sound pretty similar to me. Most of the time I think it sounds like “eh”, but when I put Gareth onto my shoulder toContinue reading “Understanding the Secret Language of Babies”

The Power of Words in a Toddler's World

Although parents are aware that there are certain things that should not be spoken before a toddler, there are times when we are caught off guard.  Certain words may seem harmless until you hear your child using them in a context you don’t really approve of.  Other times, copied phrases can be misconstrued to haveContinue reading “The Power of Words in a Toddler's World”