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kid having fun learning phonics

Reading is not a task that comes naturally for most children. Instead, they need to be taught to read. They won’t learn simply by looking at books or listening to adults read (even though few things are more valuable in raising a lifelong reader than reading to them from birth on!).

Recognizing words easily is one of the first steps on the path to a love of reading and learning. And using phonics can help you get the ball rolling for your child!

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Parents teaching daughter sight words

As a parent, you may have heard the term “sight words” but might not really know what it means. We read sight words every day without thinking about it. They are words like “the,” “he,” and “where,” for example, that are very common but not easy to sound out.

Learning sight words can boost your child’s reading skills and confidence. When you give your little one the resources they need to recognize sight words, they’ll be on the path to mastering — and enjoying — their reading journey!

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The death of George Floyd, one of too many black lives lost to violence and systemic racism, is having a profound impact on this nation and the world.  As a mom and a child development expert, some of my many questions not surprisingly involve children:  How should we talk about this incident— and racial discrimination more broadly— with our children?  How young is too young to begin talking about racial bias?  How can we help children articulate the range of emotions they may be feeling or seeing in others? Read more for our tips on how you can start the conversation about race with your child.

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Mindful Media

The screen time conversation is at a turning point. Since stay-at-home orders have been in place, parents, caregivers, and experts have been re-evaluating their position on how kids use digital media. Dr. Jody sat down with Common Sense Media’s New York Director, Samira Sine to discuss how you can transition from worrying about screen time to embracing the time your kids spend online as a positive element of their day. HOMER has coined a new term for this:  Mindful Media. Mindful Media is the new screen time—built on making conscious online choices for your kids.

Keep reading as Dr. Jody shares our P-L-A-Y framework, designed to help you make those tough (smart) calls.

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