How to Teach Your Child Empathy?

Empathy involves cognitive and emotional processes that can be shaped by learning. For example, both the emotional component (feeling scared when another person feels scared) and a cognitive component (trying to imagine what others are feeling and thinking) of empathy can be developed and improved due to our brain’s flexibility.  Namely, the brain can change…

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Beyond the Mask: Re-Acquaintancing with the Whole Human Face

With the ongoing health crisis improving, we expect to stop wearing face masks in the future.  For many adults and children, seeing people’s faces covered with masks was overwhelming in the beginning. Face masks have made verbal communication more challenging, as people were not used to talking and listening to others speak through a face…

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Fidget Toys and Their Benefits

Fidget toys are not only endlessly fun. They also have numerous learning and developmental benefits. Fidgets come in different sizes, colors, shapes, and textures, providing a valuable sensory experience. They can also promote movement and motor development, enhance focus and attention, and improve self-regulation. What are the Fidgets’ Main Advantages? Fidget toys improve learning as…

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Back to the Classroom

The ongoing health crisis and lifestyle changes caused by it continue to affect our lives. Only when we leave this situation behind will it be possible to determine its full impact on children, mental health, academic success, and development. Children have different experiences with switching school classrooms with distant learning. While some enjoyed home-based education,…

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The Best Ways to Practice Classification, Categorization, and Sorting Skills in Preschoolers

Classification, categorization, and sorting skills are the basics of understanding and mathematical skills that come naturally to most children. Many kids enjoy sorting activities at a very young age – you have probably watched your child naturally sort objects according to their characteristics such as color, size, or shape without being taught or instructed to…

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Activities that Boost Visual Perception Skills in Children

Visual perception skills represent the brain’s ability to absorb and make sense of what we see with our eyes. Visual perception is necessary for cognitive processes such as reading, writing, completing math problems, and many life skills. Therefore, visual perception deficits can cause issues with mental operations.  Visual perception skills involve seven components: Visual discrimination.…

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How to Improve Hand-Eye Coordination at a Young Age?

Hand-eye represents the capacity to use hands and eyes simultaneously to do various activities. We use hand-eye coordination to perform actions in which our visual-spatial perception (eyes) guides our hands to carry out a movement. In other words, hand-eye coordination allows us to unite our visual and motor skills to perform various tasks.  Hand-eye coordination…

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The Blessings of crazy times

Picture this – a young father walking leasurely, in ther hours of the morning, near a green field with his sweet 1.4 year old daughter. The father gives his undevided attention to his child. He allows her to explore, to climb a rock, watches her so she wont fall, but allows her to experience the…

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How to Teach Our Kids to Be Entrepreneurs

Traditional education doesn’t give enough attention to financial literacy and entrepreneurship. However, teaching kids to be entrepreneurs from an early age gives them a necessary foundation in finance, saving, and investing money – the skills that will become essential in their adult lives.   Kids who learn about entrepreneurship from an early age are more likely…

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How to Boost Problem-Solving Skills from a Very Early Age

Problem-solving skills are one of the critical cognitive abilities that help us manage day-to-day life. We encounter various problems each day at home, school, or work, but our problem-solving skills allow us to solve these problems, make healthy decisions, and move on.  A child who can solve problems independently will have greater confidence and self-esteem;…

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The Importance of Outdoor Play

Free, unstructured play is essential for a child’s development and learning. Through play, kids explore the world around them, gain knowledge about their environment, interact with others, express their thoughts and feelings, and learn how to resolve conflicts. Play helps children explore language, build the vocabulary and fluency, express ideas, search for and provide information,…

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A New Challenge: Working from Home with All the Family Together

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of people around the world to self-quarantine at home. As limiting face-to-face social interaction is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus, working and studying from home have become commonplace in recent months globally. Psychologists and relationship experts believe that the COVID-19 lockdown will lead to…

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Revolution in Education

New trends in education due to the COVID-19 pandemic can be described as well-known, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”  The ongoing pandemic has forced us to drastically change the way we work, learn, connect with others, or spend our free time. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools and universities to bring their courses…

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New Trends

Teenage years are marked by significant physical, emotional, and cognitive changes. Your teen’s emotional life becomes more complex, as well as their interests and interpersonal relationships.  Adolescents start establishing their individuality and independence. However, teenagers can begin following new trends that you might not approve of under peer and media pressure and start to struggle…

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Will We Remember 2020 as the Year of Corona?

As we are currently living through the global pandemic, it is evident that we’ll remember 2020 mostly as the year of the corona. It is undeniable that we are experiencing a significant historical event.  The latest months have brought almost incredible moments, both odd and tragic. From the daily death count updates and the inability…

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Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Implications of Social Distancing

Measures of social distancing and isolation have been put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In response to the pandemic, states and countries around the world have limited or banned unessential travel and activities, asking people to stay home.  In previous months, we have experienced severe lifestyle changes. Schools, universities, and businesses…

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How to Spend Quality Time without Smartphones?

Smartphones and other devices are inseparable parts of our daily lives. In our tech-absorbed culture, we cannot imagine a day without smartphones. When we accidentally leave a smartphone at home or lose Internet access, panic arises.  However, research shows that non-stop connectivity may cause anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and profound feelings of isolation and loneliness.…

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The Advantages of the Educational Apps for Kids with Special Needs

The term special needs describe a range of conditions that may be medical, psychological, or mental. Some of these conditions can be very mild while others may be profound and last for life. Special needs cover a variety of medical conditions, developmental delays, and genetic conditions that require assistance and support so children can reach…

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Life without Smartphones: Can You Imagine It?

Try to imagine (or to remember, if you’re a parent), 15-20 years ago, the world existed without smartphones. For young kids, it seems that smartphones have been around since forever. They don’t know life without digital technology.  However, only 15 years ago, we lived without limitless access to information and resources our kids have today. …

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Good Bedtime Habits: Helping Your Child Fall Asleep

A growing body of research suggests a strong connection between the quality of sleep, good mental health, and school achievement in kids and teenagers. Sleep plays a vital role in the way children learn and develop – well-rested children are refreshed, healthier, and more successful at school and sports. Good bedtime habits impact a child’s…

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Daddy and mommy – look me in the eye

Eye contact – An essential interpersonal communication skill. Before the smartphone revolution, people looked into each other’s eyes and faces, much more frequently… I have recently been watching re-runs of ‘Friends’. The amazing, American 90’s comedy show, featuring a group of 6 close friends, who spend a lot of their spare time together. Just talking,…

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