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Tag Archives: "cognitive development"

14 Aug, 2020

Executive Functioning Skills: Important Child Development Skills

You may have heard of Executive Functioning Skills. Well here is a piece that explains what they are, why they matter and how you can support your child’s development of these important skills. The original article can be downloaded here https://iraparenting.com/school-ready/executive-functioning-skills-child-development/   Executive Functioning Skills: Important Child Development Skills Many parents might have heard about a […]

28 Jul, 2020

Supporting your child’s literacy and numeracy skills at home

The Early Childhood Ireland website has some great information and resources for families like these ideas for supporting literacy and numeracy skills at home Supporting your child’s literacy and numeracy skills at home: A list of fun and practical activities Research shows that families are the most significant influence on their children’s learning and development. […]

22 Jul, 2020

Children learn through play – and they know it!

What do children think about play? Do they see it as an opportunity to learn? Here is what the researchers at the Child and Family Blog  https://www.childandfamilyblog.com/child-development/children-learn-through-play/ found out. Children are aware that they are effectively learning through the medium of play. When we watch children play, we are often struck by their intensity and […]

21 Jul, 2020

Helping brain development in young children

Do you know that you can help your child’s brain to develop? Here’s how, from The Growing Child newsletter distributed by Lifestart. There is increasing evidence that a young child’s environment plays an important part in brain development. Providing a child with appropriate developmental activities and experiences can lead to an increase in brain cell […]

1 Jul, 2020

How do babies learn?

How do babies learn? Here is a piece from the Growing Child newsletter distributed by Lifestart which gives us some insight into that. Exercises in Learning Around her first birthday, what kinds of things is Baby now doing on her own? If you watch her carefully, you will notice she is likely to try to […]

30 Jun, 2020

The importance of play

Here is another good piece from The Growing Child newsletter distributed by Lifestart The Importance of Play It is generally through play that a preschool child learns about the world around her and then assimilates what she has learned into her concept of reality. Preschool children enjoy three different forms of play: physical, manipulative, and […]

16 Jun, 2020

Meal time, nappy time, sleep time – babies are learning all the time

Even our ordinary everyday routines of meal times, nappy changing and sleep times can give babies and toddlers opportunities to develop their communication skills as well as feelings of security and confidence. These tips from the First 5 website are written with childcare workers in mind but are really useful for mums and dads at […]

15 Jun, 2020

Information for parents on supporting your baby’s learning and development

Here are some great ideas from the First 5 website to help you support your baby’s learning and development Click on the images for a better view or download the PDFs by just clicking the link below info-for-parents Tá an t-eolas ar fáil  anseo i nGaeilge fosta leidleathanach_thuismitheoir_babaithe  For more information from First 5 on […]

15 Jun, 2020

Creative ideas to support little ones learning at home

More creative ideas from First 5 on how you can support your pre-school child’s learning at home. Here is one about making puppets from bits and pieces lying round the house. An activity like this helps to develop imagination, language, problem solving and creative skills. https://first5.gov.ie/userfiles/video/puppets.mp4   And here is another lovely video on imaginative […]