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Using Books to Introduce Kids to a New Language

Teach a child a second language and you give them a lifelong gift. Being bilingual offers a host of advantages over those of us who stumble along speaking only one language, including more opportunities when traveling, jobs that would otherwise be off-limits, and relationships that, without that second language, might never blossom.   If you live in a home where two languages are spoken, your child will grow up speaking both—kids have an amazing facility

Why Parents Should Spoil Kids—with Books

Saying no and setting limits is one of the most important things we do as parents. No parent wants to be accused of spoiling their child. For every rule, however, there is an exception. In this case, it’s books. Spoiling a child with books is the one of those situations when saying yes is better than no. The benefits of reading are simply too many not to give children access to as many books as

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

The new year is a time for fresh starts and resolutions—many of them focusing on healthier, more active lifestyles. Those of us who find it easiest to stick with our resolutions are usually those with the most practice working towards goals and establishing new, positive habits. This makes New Year’s resolutions for kids so important—by helping children attain healthy goals now, you encourage them to adopt healthy lifestyles as they grow into adults.   New

Hot Chocolate Toppings for Kids

One of the great joys in life—according to I See Me staff at least—is the moment just before taking that first creamy sip of a mug of steaming hot chocolate. You’ve been playing outside, and your fingers are still cold as they wrap around the mug. You breath in the warm aroma rising from under the dollop of slowly melting marshmallows, then take your first sip. Ah, perfection!   If we’ve got a complaint about

Help Your Kids Make New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions help parents teach children how to make changes in their lives and pursue positive goals. To make any new year’s resolution for kids enjoyable and rewarding, however, you need to plan a little. The results are well worth the effort, so next when January 1st rolls around, grab some pencils and paper and help your child create her own resolutions with these practical tips.   Be a Role Model Before you encourage

Easy Number Games for Kids

Learning to count to ten is an important skill for any child, and forms the foundation for basic math, telling time, reading calendar dates, and much more. Playing fun learning numbers games helps teach children this important skill—even if they don’t realize they’re being taught. Counting to Ten Games Even the greatest mathematicians began by learning to count to ten, and they may well have learned with the same games you use to teach your

How to Teach the Alphabet

Teaching the alphabet is the first step in a child’s journey towards literacy—and the wonders hidden in books. How to teach the alphabet, however, isn’t something that comes naturally. If you’re struggling for ideas, we’ve got a list of helpful, alphabet-friendly strategies to help your little one learn her ABCs.   Read The more you read to your child, the more she’s exposed to the ABCs. Any storybook helps with letter recognition, but books dedicated

How to Improve Reading Habits

Developing reading skills is a vital part of any child’s learning, and one which can have long lasting effects. A life-long love of reading is associated with a love of learning, creativity, and imagination. Learning how to improve reading habits helps parents ensure that their children experience the special joy of getting lost in a good book. Make Reading Fun If we were told we could only give one answer to the question “how to

How to Make Studying Fun

With the start of school comes homework and studying—activities many kids find stressful, frustrating, or just plain boring. Homework doesn’t have to be a negative experience, however. Try some of the following tips and learn how to make studying fun. Start with Excitement Parents sometimes sabotage themselves when children start studying—it’s easy to remember our own adverse experiences with homework and assume our children will react in similar ways. If kids pick up on this

Benefits of Playing Music for Kids

Music comes naturally to humans. From a very young age we respond positively to songs and rhythms. You can see it in the child sung to sleep with a lullaby, or the toddler rocking back and forth in time to a nursery rhyme. As it turns out, the benefits of playing music to children are far-reaching. Here’s a few reasons why you should put on some tunes and rock out with the kids. Music Encourages