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Play Your Kid Smart!

Can children play a lot, have fun...and still get smart?
Yes!

Happy children who are having fun are eager learners who absorb their lessons quickly and easily, and nearly every skill or concept taught by a worksheet or textbook in school gets its start in traditional "play" of children. There's no need to rush children into a school-like environment from a young age. In fact, pushing children into the academic environment too soon can spoil their enthusiasm for learning in general, and make school seem a burden and chore, rather than the next exciting step as they grow up into the "big kid" they want to be. Relax a bit, and play with them, so you can be reminded of children's fresh sense of wonder in the world. Enjoy life's journey together.

Suggested books about bringing play back into childhood.
(Please click a picture to learn more or purchase.)

LEARN
Large Motor Skills
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Self-Discipline
Patience & Waiting
Taking Turns
Following Directions
Cause & Effect
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Planning & Organization
Imagination & Creativity

Social Skills
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Kindness & Empathy
Cooperation
Respect

Independence
Initiative
Courage
Resourcefulness
Determination
Solving Problems
Making Decisions

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