As part of KBYU Eleven’s commitment to kids and families, we offer resources that include ideas for activities to share with your children, advice on child development, blogs and forums, and tools to track your child’s progress. There are also links to fun sites where your child can safely play and learn.

FAQs

by tr223 28. March 2011 17:42

Have questions? Visit our FAQs page to learn more about the Ready to Learn® program and how you can use this free resource to better your skills as a parent and caregiver.

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10 Important Things Every Parent Should Know

by tr223 23. March 2011 23:41

10 Important Things

Every Parent Should Know

 

1 Every child grows at his/her own pace 2 A family is child's first

teacher and child's home is the first classroom 3 Children learn by

doing and listening 4 Children take pride in learning new things,

making friends, and their own independence 5 Early relationships are

building blocks 6 Children are social 7 Children learn through

repetition and variety 8 Children learn language at different rates and

times, and from a variety of sources 9 Children make sense of new

information by fitting it into what they already know  10 A child's

emotional development impacts their learning

 

Every child grows at his/her own pace. No two children learn to talk, express themselves or tie their shoes in the same way. However, generalizations can be made about the ages and patterns in which children acquire skills – for instance, children often say their first words between 10 and 14 months. Making a good match between what children are capable of learning and doing and the activities you provide for them is often referred to as 'developmentally appropriate practices'. Learn More

 

A family is child's first teacher and child's home is the first classroom. Even before an infant can talk, he/she is learning and growing. Scientists have gained exciting new insights into the biological workings of an infants' developing brain. Brain functions, language, and social relationships are blooming each and every day. A warm, nurturing, routine environment is ideal for learning. You don't need schoolbooks or a classroom for learning to take place. It's easy as talking about the food we eat, the way things grow, and the names of things in our home! Learn More

 

Children learn by doing and listening. Children learn about the world around them by exploring, questioning, touching, moving, and discussing. Children also learn about the world by watching and listening. We can make television viewing a learning experience by participating along with the show or by being thoughtfully engaged in the things we see and hear. Make TV time a learning time by watching (co-viewing) with your children, model activities from the program, and encourage children to play along and listen carefully. Learn More

 

Children take pride in learning new things, making friends, and their own independence. Feeling good about who we are is a cornerstone to a healthy life. For a young child, the world is a place that is constantly bombarding them with new challenges. Familiar friends, favorite songs, and predictable plots help a child feel confident in a busy world. Use the positive messages within your children's favorite educational TV programs as a time for your child to feel good about who they are and the things they can do. Learn More

 

Early relationships are building blocks. Children need a secure, nurturing, responsive environment to grow and thrive. The love and care they receive from their family and caregivers – the adults in their life – will shape their lifetime ability to form relationships that are meaningful. These early relationships build trust, confidence in others, a sense of safety, and self-sufficiency – all which lead to a lifetime of healthy learning and independence. Learn More

 

Children are social. Being social – hugging, holding hands, waving good-bye, and saying hello – is a way young children grow. Kindness, cooperation, generosity, and caring for others are learned through watching the actions of other people. Imitation is the best reason to choose Smart TV – TV that teaches. When your child sees another child being a good friend it helps him/her to model or imitate being one, too. Learn More

 

Children learn through repetition and variety. The more something is repeated, the more likely children are to remember it. Repetition in different forms also increase the chance of reaching children with different learning styles, and it gives viewers a more comprehensive understanding of the subject. Learning takes place when a, educational TV program, storybook, or activity is repeated again and again. Learn More

 

Children learn language at different rates and times, and from a variety of sources. Children learn how to express themselves (expressive language) and how to understand what someone is communicating to them (receptive language) from many, many sources. Each child has his/her own special rate of learning language. Building language skills can be as simple as talking with your child, sharing stories, naming things in your home, and retelling stories from storybooks, educational TV programs, and even family outings. Learn More

 

Children make sense of new information by fitting it into what they already know. From learning something from a TV program to reading a storybook, brushing their own teeth to playing in the park, children learn about new things by making associations to things they already know. For instance, a child will understand more about what happens at the post office after they receive a letter or postcard from far away. Learn More

 

A child's emotional development impacts their learning. Many experts believe healthy emotional development plays a major role in determining the kind of person a child will become. Children need support to develop a sense of self-worth, and to feel good about themselves despite common frustrations and failures. Appropriate television and activities can give children opportunities to better understand and express their feelings as they gain the patience and persistence they need to learn new things and accomplish new tasks. Learn More

 

   

Skill Acquisition and a Child’s Age

by tr223 23. March 2011 23:40

Children are developing different skills and different ages. Below are some age appropriate suggestions on how you can help your child learn these critical foundational skills.

Toddlers - Ages 2 to 3          Preschoolers - Ages 3, 4, and 5           Middle Childhood - Ages 6 to 11

Toddlers – 2 and 3 Year Olds

Each child is unique and develops at his/her own pace; a challenge family and caregivers are constantly juggling. However, generalizations can be made about the ages and patterns in which children acquire skills.

A Helping Hand

At this age, early attempts to be social – to 'connect' with others are important. Positive helping acts – pro-social behavior- begin to blossom in two to three year olds. Sharing, empathizing, comforting, patting, and gift giving are ways in which young children reach out to the big world around them.

  • Cooperation and getting along well with others is a goal of most PBS Kids programs
  • Describe what you see on TV to your toddler. For instance, 'Did you see how they shared the cookie? Each got a piece of his/her own.'
  • Modeling - when your child sees someone like themselves being a good friend, it helps them to imitate being one too.

A Window to the World Around Us

Two and three year olds also begin to develop an awareness of far-away places and future events, which grows in to a sense of curiosity and anticipation. Airplanes, relatives that live far away, birthdays, and holidays become fun and exciting. Animal friends also become important as children grow in their understanding of living things. Plants, birds, and pets are a wonderful source of discovery and playfulness.

  • Use the TV like a picture book and ask your toddler, 'Tell me what you see?'
  • Television can be a wonderful window to the world around us because it can take us to places we may not otherwise be able to visit.
  • Make Connections – for instance, between a birthday party on TV or read about in a book and one you recently attended by asking, 'Tell me what you remember about Claire's party?'

Hear Me Roar

By age three, a child's vocabulary has grown from 200+ words (at age 2) to about 900 words, and a toddler's hunger for new words is never-ending. This 'language explosion' means that they are very interested in naming objects. Be sure to start with things and objects they see very day or use often. Also, Encourage toddlers to talk about and verbalize what is bothering them instead of acting out.

  • Children learn language from a variety of sources, including quality TV
  • Sing along, ask questions, name things, describe what is happening – use TV and storybooks as tools to promote language growth
  • Talk about what you saw on TV or read in a storybook later in the day when you see or experience something that relates to what you saw or read.

Busy Bodies

Why does it seem that two and three year olds are in constant motion? Exciting large-muscle growth allows toddler's awkward, stiff walking to blossom into more skilled movement that will soon become jumping, climbing, hopping, tricycle riding, ball kicking, and throwing. Inevitably, this also brings plenty of opportunities for bumping, falling, and scratches.

Small-muscle coordination is growing, too. Toddlers begin to show more interest in drawing and copying shapes, dressing themselves, and turning handles.

  • Children learn best through play. Encourage your preschooler to play along with the characters as they watch TV.
  • Use movement games, balancing acts, and ball activities to increase coordination and body awareness.
  • Watch TV with your toddler and imitate what you see on TV.

Ideas for Growing Muscles

and Minds

Families and caregivers of two and three year olds can build on a toddler's growing mind with a variety of activities. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Use a variety of different types of play activities. These should build on the child's development in terms of physical motor skills (running, jumping, throwing, riding a tricycle) and fine motor activities (stirring, pouring, squeezing, drawing).
  • Playtimes, both alone and with friends.
  • Environmental Print – pictures, storybooks, and magazines all represent something real
  • Rhymes¸ songs, finger plays, and stories.
  • Plenty of time with blocks, sand, water, bubbles, dough, and other objects in a young child's environment. 

        Preschoolers – 3, 4, and 5 Year Olds

Each child is unique and develops at his/her own pace; a challenge family and caregivers are constantly juggling. However, generalizations can be made about the ages and patterns in which children acquire skills.

There is a Big World out There

For the growing preschooler, friendships begin to bloom starting with the extended family to include family friends and child-care pals. Selfishness begins to give way to cooperation and sharing. The child's social awareness shifts from the family to the outside world, from neighborhoods to routine social settings (preschool, the park); the world is seen as a larger place.

  • Talk about the friendships you see on TV. Ask, "Tell me why Bert and Ernie are good friends?"
  • TV and storybooks can offer important lessons about how the words we choose can make others feel.
  • Talk about what your children would do in the situations they see on television or read about in a storybook. PBS programs carry important messages about friendship-making skills.

I Can Do It Myself

Preschoolers develop a sense of time as well as a sense of themselves as people, with their own names, ages, addresses, and unique families. Problem-solving skills and reasoning skills begin to grow. Preschoolers are rapidly developing more of an awareness of their environment and a sense of who they are.

  • Encourage your child to describe the things he/she sees on TV and in storybooks. Ask questions, for instance, "Why is it like that? Is that how we do it in our home / family?"
  • This is an age of tall tales as the preschooler's imagination dominates play experiences. Pretend playmates as well as talking to oneself are common. Provide plenty of 'free play' time for your preschooler.
  • Television can open up a world of discovery that might not be readily accessible in your community, like a trip to the beach to a bakery. Draw pictures of and describe the tours of the places, factories, and farms you see on PBS. 

Talking Back to the Television

Vocabulary grows from 1,500 to 2,500 words between the ages of 3 and 5. Early reading centers around the rhythm of language, environmental print, letter and sound play, and a rich climate of stories, books, songs, poetry, finger-plays, and print.

  • Encourage and demonstrate talking back to the TV. For example, "Where do you think he left his book?" But also encourage active listening and watching – saving questions for when a TV program or storybook is over.
  • After viewing, play guessing games or make rhymes about subject matter from a TV show.
  • Create stories about what could have happened, for example "What if Arthur had gotten on the wrong bus to go to his karate lesson?"

Let's Get Up and Do It, Too!

For the growing preschooler, self-control and judgment still haven't caught up with his/her physical skills. However, the preschooler becomes quite an athlete through exploration with muscle play, motion, force, and movement. Balancing, hopping on one foot, tiptoeing, and catching large objects are now part of their skill set.

  • Don't forget, CHILDREN LEARN BEST THROUGH PLAY
  • Before or after viewing, use movement games, balancing acts, and ball activities to increase coordination and body awareness.
  • Select TV programs that incorporate plenty of hopping, skipping, dancing, and clapping. Seeing the characters they identify with engaging in active movement can give children the confidence to join in.

Ideas for Building Strong Minds

and Muscles

Caregivers of preschoolers can build growing minds through:

  • Language and musical activities: conversations, stories, songs, rhymes, and instruments.
  • Exploration, indoors and out.
  • Sharing and looking at stories, poems and dramatic play activities.
  • Creative expression through drawing, playing instruments, and singing.
  • Outings to zoos, children's museums, parks, puppet shows, storytelling events, etc.
  • Basic problem-solving activities using tools, cooking ingredients, measuring devices, clay, blocks, water and sand. These activities create a foundation for future science, math, and social studies lessons.

        Middle Childhood – 6 to 11 Year Olds

These years of 'middle childhood' are a crucial bridge from home to school. The social, cognitive, physical, and emotional progress of these years is often more gradual and less obvious than in earlier periods.

Each child is unique and develops at his/her own pace; a challenge family and caregivers are constantly juggling. However, generalizations can be made about the ages and patterns in which children acquire skills.

The Three R's + a

Healthy Television Diet

Six to 11 year olds have made the transition to full days of school and will learn the reading, writing, and arithmetic that form the basics of lifetime learning.

  • Children at this age are in danger of watching too much television, especially if it's not balanced by physical activities. Sit down with your child and discuss the shows he/she watches each week.
  • Encourage the habit of selecting specific programs of real value – to watch programs, not just TV.
  • When a TV program is over, teach your child to turn off the TV and do other activities.
  • When a TV program is over, teach your child to turn off the TV and do other activities.

Television Watching +

Plenty of Discussion

Imagination continues to flourish, but no longer dominates as children this age now have the ability to reason and manipulate ideas and symbols. They can use their minds to arrive at solutions rather than needing to touch or move objects in order to solve problems.

  • Because children at this age are capable of more complex reasoning, you can talk about which programs are good and which are unhealthy for the mind.
  • Discuss with them how much TV and what types of shows they watch that they have different educational needs. Draw up a set of guidelines and rules for television viewing in your household.

Children Can Learn to Associate

What They See on Television

with What They Do

Peer groups are often formed and friendships take on new depths as the growing child can 'place themselves in other's shoes.' This interest in friendships intensifies during this period.

  • Help Children make connections between what they are watching on TV and their own experiences. Are there scenarios in their lives that mirror what they have seen on television?
  • TV can offer important lessons about how the words we choose can make others feel. Talk through what they see and hear on television, everything from commercials to television news.

 

Go Out and Do It!

Physical development in children from 6-11 years most often sets the stage for adulthood. It is a period marked by much growth – an average of 2.5 inches and 6 pounds per year – and by challenges and successes.

  • It's easy to want to relax in front of the television after school especially if parents are busy trying to make dinner. Thus, it's important that adults take extra care in continuing to monitor their child's viewing as well as the snacks they eat as they watch!
  • Make a list of activities and 'things to do' that are fun for your child. When they ask to watch TV, review the list and choose at least one thing they can do to replace some of the TV time.

Parents and Caregivers with

Children in Middle School

Should Encourage

  • Friendships with children from a variety of settings and/or backgrounds (the neighborhood, school groups, the community center) and with many different types of people.
  • Increased responsibility taking, such as small chores and duties around the home. They are capable of taking care of themselves in regards to daily living tasks like preparing simple food, planning their own activities, and cleaning up after themselves.
  • A positive attitude, which helps them search for solutions.
  • Increased awareness of different customs, practices, ethnicities, cultures – these can be celebrated as learning opportunities.
  • Reading books of all types: nonfiction, mysteries, fiction, adventure stories, science fiction and old favorites, such as Charlotte's Web, The Little Prince, and Anne of Green Gables.

 

Workshop Learning Triangles

by tr223 22. March 2011 20:31

Use the View, Read, and Do model to help reinforce new concepts your children are learning.

VIEW with your child an educational program that teaches a concept or skill.
READ with your child age-appropriate books that reiterate the new concept or skill.
DO an activity that reinforces the concept or skill and allows your child to practice what he or she has learned.®

1 Benefits of the Media Learning Triangle

2 Rhymers are Readers Learning Triangle

3 Music Is a Must! Learning Triangle

4 Storytelling Learning Triangle

5 The Brain Learning Triangle

6 The FUNdamental Powers of Play

7 What Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel? Learning Triangle

8 Who Is My Child? Learning Triangle

9 Math Is Everywhere Learning Triangle

10 Learning Through the Early Years Learning Triangle

11 Shared Reading Learning Triangle

12 Building Blocks Learning Triangle

Why Is This Important to My Child?

by tr223 22. March 2011 19:27

Each of our twelve Ready To Learn workshops explains why specific concepts are important to your child's development. Children develop in four areas:

Cognitive development includes thinking, information processing, problem solving, remembering, decision making, understanding concepts, and overall intelligence.
Physical development is rapid following birth as children learn to control large and them small muscle groups. The sequence of stages in important, and providing an environment children can physically explore while they are growing is critical to all ages.
Language development is most intensive during the first three years while the brain is developing rapidly and is stimulated most by exposure to sights, sounds, and being talked to.
Social/Emotional development is critical to all other areas of development, because how children perceive their world (their ability to give and accept love, be confident and secure, show empathy, be curious and persistent, and relate well to others) affects how the brain physically develops and how they learn and process information.

 

 1 Benefits of the Media Literacy and the Learning Triangle

2 Rhymers are Readers: The Importance of Nursery Rhymes

3 Music Is a Must!

4 Storytelling: You Can Do It!

5 The Brain: How Children Develop

6 The FUNdamental Powers of Play

7 What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel?

8 Who Is My Child? Understanding Temperament Workbook  Understanding your child's temperament will help you parent better. Use this workbook to evaluate temperament and gain information on how to best help your child as they explore their world.

9 Math Is Everywhere!

10 Learning Through the Early Years: The Benefits of Repetition and Variation

11 Shared Reading: Tools to Bring Literacy to Life

12 Building Blocks: The Sequence of Emergent Literacy Skills

KBYU Eleven Ready To Learn Participation Notebook

by tr223 22. March 2011 02:32

Here at KBYU Eleven, we have spent over 10 years serving our community by providing Ready To Learn workshops free of charge to at-risk groups, educators, parents, and caregivers. Although we are disappointed that we are no longer able to provide this great resource in person, we are very excited to expand our reach by offering these resources free on our Kids and Family website. We have had a wonderful team of people, who recognized the program's value in our community, working for the past year to be able to provide this resource.

The KBYU Eleven Ready To Learn® Participation Notebook is research based. Each of our twelve workshops include a booklist, activities, Learning Triangles, what parents can do to help children at specific ages, and why the topic is important to a child's development.

Our hope is that these videos and print resources will be used to enhance community programs, aid those working with children, support educators of child development, and educate parents about their child's development and how they can help their children learn.

1 Benefits of the Media and The Learning Triangle®

2 Rhymers are Readers: The Importance of Nursery Rhymes

3 Music Is a Must!

4 Storytelling: You Can Do It!

5 The Brain: How Children Develop

6 The FUNdamental Powers of Play

7 What Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel?

8 Who Is My Child? Understanding Temperament

8 Temperament Workbook

9 Math Is Everywhere!

10 Learning Through the Early Years: The Benefits of Repetition and Variation

11 Shared Reading: Tools to Bring Literacy to Life

12 Building Blocks: The Sequence of Emergent Literacy Skills

Complete Participation Notebook

Learning Activities

by tr223 21. March 2011 23:40

What Can I Do For My Child?

by tr223 21. March 2011 19:49

As a parent or caregiver, you are the first evaluator of your child's development. Understanding how they develop can help you make sure they are on track for success. Learn how to use your child's natural curiosity to help them learn and develop critical fundamental school to help them prepare to enter school Ready To Learn®.

1 Benefits of the Media and The Learning Triangle

2 Rhymers are Readers: The Importance of Nursery Rhymes

3 Music Is a Must!

4 Storytelling: You Can do It!

5 The Brain: How Children Develop

6 The FUNdamental Powers of Play

7 What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel?

8 Who Is My Child? Workbook

  As you use this guide to help you understand your child temperament, think CHILD

     Consider the temperament of your child and describe it.

     How does his/her temperament affect the way he/she acts and what he/she does?

     Identify your own temperament and how you discipline and guide your child.

     Look at how you are alike and different.

     Develop ways to help your child fit his/her temperament with his/her world.

9 Math Is Everywhere!

10 Learning Through the Early Years: The Benefits of Repetition and Variation

11 Shared Reading: Tools to Bring Literacy to Life

12 Building Blocks: The Sequence of Emergent Literacy Skills

More Learning Triangles

by tr223 20. March 2011 22:57

Use the View, Read, and Do model to help reinforce new concepts your children are learning.

VIEW with your child an educational program that teaches a concept or skill.
READ with your child age-appropriate books that reiterate the new concept or skill.
DO an activity that reinforces the concept or skill and allows your child to practice what he or she has learned.®

 

What About Spring?

It's Snow Fun!

Your Five Senses

Exploring Emotions

Fun with Colors

Community Resources for Child Development

by tr223 20. March 2011 21:40

Community Resources are invaluable tools for parents and caregivers. Knowing how to identify and locate these resources is as easy as dialing 2-1-1. KBYU TV Eleven is happy to help community programs that help our children develop healthy and happy lives and provide support and information to parents.

 

Watch Ask Eleven: Child Development Guest representing United Way, Help Me Grow, and parents who have participated in these community programs talk about their successes.

  

We focus on building financially stable families, preparing children to succeed in school and beyond and creating a healthy community. Visit United Way to learn more about community resources and service opportunities.

         

Visit 2-1-1 to find out what community resources are available to parents, families, and individuals. Connect with us and we will keep you up to date on the programs and opportunities that matter most to you.

  

Parents, healthcare providers, educators or anyone else can have a single point of access to multiple resources and services for children in Utah County. Learn more about Help Me Grow Utah and have your questions answered.

Workshop Booklists

by tr223 14. March 2011 20:25

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Additional Development Resources

by tr223 12. March 2011 22:55

Parents and Caregivers try their best to help children develop healthy and live happy lives. Sometimes children and families are faced with difficult challenges that can disrupt the family dynamics and cause major stress for family members. Sesame Workshop has provided wonderful resources to help children and families who are experiencing difficult situations and may need additional help and resources.

 

The Sesame Workshop Initiatives address a variety of circumstances that can disrupt a child and family's normal emotional development. Learn how you can help the children in your life through times emotional stress.

 


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