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Apr 17 | Educational Books for Earth Day

Since 1970 we have been celebrating Earth Day and it is a perfect time to teach your children about how our choices effect the environment. There are educational books that I would like to share that are great for children preschool and up. Here are just a few:

  • Earth Book by Todd Parr (for preschool and up)
  • One Tree by Green Start (for preschool and up)
  • Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Sidds (an A-Z reciepe for the Earth, preshool and up)
  • Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge by Joanna Cole (2nd grade and up)
  • Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel (1st grade and up, Rhyming about the importance of recycling)
  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (1st grade and up)
  • Olivia's Birds: Saving the Gulf by Olivia Bouler (K and up)
  • Curious George Plants a Tree by Margaret and H.A. Rey (1st grade and up)
  • The Earth and I by Frank Asch (preschool and up)
  • The Curious Garden by Peter Brown (preschool and up)

These books are helpful in getting converstations started. Enjoy!

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Apr 15 | Asperger's and Social Interactions

One apsect of Asperger's Syndrome is difficulty with social interactions. This manifests itself in the inability and/or lack of desire to interact with peers. Specific things to look for include whether your child initiates play and how they react when someone else wants a toy that they have or they want a toy someone else has. It can also be difficult for them to understand the rules of game playing (taking turns, sharing). They may always need to be first, have difficulty winning or losing, or have to control the rules of the game. They may be unaware of the emotions of others and/or how to respond to them. They may not be sure how to accept compliments or understand the reason for apologizing. They may laugh at something that is sad or ask questions that are too personal. Self-stimulating such as rocking, tics, eye blinking,or making noises are not uncommon. If you notice that your child has a lot of these characteristics, then you may want to speak with their teacher(s) and see if they are also seeing the same thing. There is so much that can be done to help so don't hesistate to ask.

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Developmental Delay: Speech and Language Benchmarks

Some parents have asked what is "normal" for their children in the area of speech. I wanted to offer the following benchmarks:

  • By around six months- recognizes their own name, babbles,laughs, and whines purposefully, turns and looks at unfamiliar sounds.
  • By around twelve months- can identify two body parts on theirself, imitates sounds and says one or two words, understands simple directions.
  • By around eighteen months-may have around 15 words in their vocabulary, communicates with gesture or vocalization, recognizes familiar people and objects in pictures.
  • By around two years old-says his own name, says two and three word phrases, says their own name, uses 150-300 words.
  • By around three years old- is understood by strangers most of the time, imaginary play begins, can follow two and three step commands.
  • By around four years old-carries on a conversation (asking who and why).
  • By around five years old- speaks in detailed sentences, communicates with peers and adults, says most sounds correctly but may have trouble with l, s, r, v, z, ch, sh and th.

If your child is not reaching certain milestones by age three, you may consider contacting your local public preschool to see if they need to be evaluated for speech and language services. If they do, those services are free and may begin at age three.

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Feb 15 | Learning Disabilities: An Overview

Parents usually know their children better than anyone else. So if you think something is not quiet right, trust your instincts and observations. If your child displays several of the following problems consistently, you might want to consider an evaluation by an educational diagnostician.

  • Problems with following routines or directions...
  • Fine motor skills that are slow to develop...
  • Difficulty rhyming words...
  • Speech is slow to develop...
  • Problems with pronunciation...
  • Problems with vocabulary or trouble finding the right word to say...
  • Extremely restless and distracted easily...
  • Trouble with social skills...
  • Trouble learning alphabet, numbers, days of the week, shapes, colors...

Working with a team of professionals and other parents can help by providing information and a support system for the family. Creative Tutors is here to help you as well. We have diagnosticians and can help you with ARD meetings and IEP's.

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Jan 22 | Brain Foods: Eating Smarter

We all know that we must feed our bodies in order to have fuel for the day but we also need to be thinking about how to feed our brains. Our brains need nutirents to help decrease the chance of disease while also improving our mood, thinking, and mental skills. See the list below of helpful brain foods:

  • Colorful fruits and vegetables: Eggplant skin contains nasunin, which helps improve focus, tomatoes contain lycopene, which helps protect against free-radical damage to cells, and spinach improves learning capacity and motor skills.
  • Eggs: Eggs are a great source of high-quality proteins and contains choline, which helps the memory center of the brain. The yolk also contains antioxidants that help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • Yogurt: Foods rich in calcium (yogurt, milk, cheese) improve nerve function and yogurt helps improve memory and alertness.
  • Wild salmon: This is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. WILD salmon (not farm-raised) is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, like omega 3. This fish improves brain growth and function, promotes artery health, and reduces the risk of stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer's.
  • Matcha: Matcha is a finely ground powder of the green tea plant. It cannot be found in green tea bags! The leaf contains antioxidants, catechins, vitamins C and A, fluoride, and L-Theanine, which has a calming effect. It also contains anti-cancer and anti-aging benefits.
  • Acai Berries and Blueberries: These contains antioxidants and they are high in protein. Blueberries help improve motor skills and help improve memory.
  • Nuts and seeds: These are packed with Vitamin E and help improve cognitive function. Add some to your daily diet.
  • Coffee: The coffee bean is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins and minerals.When consumed as a pure Espresso, it is full of brain and healthy benefits. Adding artificial creamers, sweetners, and flavors negates the positive health benefits.
  • Cacao Beans/Dark Chocolate: When the cacao bean is minimally processed, it is full of antioxidants, flavoniods, catechins, and thoebromine, which increases brain function and enhances mood. Most candy and chocolate bars have low levels due to over processing. Look for 100% organic, non-alkalized cocoa powder or high cacao percentage dark chocolate bars.
  • Beans: The brain is dependent on glucose for fuel but it cannot store glucose. Beans can stabilize glucose levels in the brain and produce a steady level of energy. Beans are also a great source of fiber.

Remember to add some of the foods mentioned for a healthier start to your year!

Source: Familyeducation.com

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Cherrie Kilby | Manager

Meet Cherrie Kilby | Manager

Cherrie Leggett Kilby graduated from Southwestern University with a BS in Education and has taught in elementary and middle school for over twenty years in the U.S., Taiwan, and Japan. In addition she has taught English as a Second Language in China. Cherrie pursued a Master's degree in Education with reading as her area of specialty. She continues to teach special needs students at the elementary level and also teaches reading at the local community college. Cherrie was a tutor for Creative Tutors when it was first founded and loved working with the families she met. She wanted to continue to make a difference and started working as an area manager in 2005.   

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