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Everybody Does Their Share

Written by Wednesday, 31 October 2012 05:45
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 I get a note each night from my son’s teacher. She tells me what he did that day, any struggles he had, and provides information about what’s happening in the classroom and around the school. It's a great way for me to catch up on what he's doing in school,…
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This semester, I have been taking my students on an adventure with classical music! Each week I have introduced them to a new animal from the Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens. This is a wonderful way to introduce children to classical music. Plus we have a fun time because…

Where am I? A Fun Listening Game

Written by Monday, 24 September 2012 02:27
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I am always looking for fun ways to strengthen my children’s listening skills! Maybe someday they will hear me the first time I tell them it is time to pick up their toys! J This game develops memory and sense of awareness. Point out 2-3 locations in the room that…

10 Skills Learned Through Children's Songs

Written by Sunday, 16 September 2012 18:42
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  "All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from a Children’s Song" Music is important to the education of our children. There is something about a song that helps us remember important things. And children’s songs help our children build a foundation for all higher learning. Here are 10…
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Music is the perfect media to work on listening skills. Listening skills are extremely important in our society. Kids need to be able to listen to their teacher in school. And kids need to be able to listen to other people in order to interact socially and make friends. There…

Five Senses: Touch

Written by Sunday, 19 August 2012 06:49
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Her hand reaches out slowly to touch the tree leaf. She gets close and then pulls her hand back as she giggles. She reaches out again and gets closer this time; she starts to pull back, and then decides to go for it and reaches out and touches the leaf.…

Development at the beach

Written by Wednesday, 04 July 2012 21:02
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The beach is the perfect place for fun and development. Fun to splash and feel the water/waves against the body. Sand so crunchy and all different types of textures. Seaweed, tough to grasp, works on hand eye coordination. Seagulls, a new sound to listen to and helps the eyes by…

Bye-Bye

Written by Sunday, 17 June 2012 02:06
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Bye-Bye I received one of my Father’s Day presents a bit early this year.  It happened last week when we were dropping Miss Carly off at school.  I normally am not a part of the drop off process as I am falling asleep as the kids are getting ready for…

This close

Written by Sunday, 27 May 2012 05:01
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She is this close…… This close to taking her first steps. This close to pulling herself up the couch. This close to running along the beach with her brother and sister. This close to trying to climb every object in the house. This close to wanting to navigate the stairs…

Does my child have autism?

Written by Friday, 06 April 2012 18:08
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Research suggests that children as young as 1 may show signs of autism. Because early intervention can make a huge difference in a child's life, please share this list of the "Red Flags of Autism" with your friends and family.  If your baby shows any of these signs, don't wait!…
Dandelion is a free quarterly magazine that serves as a resource for Bay Area and Sacramento families of children with special needs: autism and Asperger’s, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, those who are blind, deaf, in wheelchairs, learning disorders, sensory issues and every special need in between. Dandelion’s mission is to create and empower a community of local families through a variety of media by providing a database of resources, trusted and thought-provoking editorial content, an up-to-date calendar of special needs-specific events, noteworthy news, as well as contributions to the community.