The Brain Building in Action Community Fair took place April 9 at the ABCD Chinese Church Head Start at 112 Shawmut Avenue. The event included breakfast, performances and dancing. Live demonstrations from community partners showed how to prepare healthy mango salsa and how to select educational toys for children.
Although the nation has long been aware of its childhood obesity problem, not every school is taking action. Children of America, an educational child care center with 570 schools in 12 states across the country, however, is going beyond standard childcare. The academy has been implementing its Mind and Body Matters Program since last September, providing classes to children from six weeks to 12 years old.
Buds & Blossoms Early Education and Care Center staff recently attended a professional development training in Waltham called “Making A Difference for Children.”
The training was presented by the Applebaum Training Institute.
It is very common these days to hear parents saying, “Good job!” to their young children for everything from putting their hats on, to eating their dinner, to cleaning up their toys. Not all observers of behavior find this useful. Alfie Kohn, who has studied motivation and punishment in schools and in the corporate world, has found that praise of this sort often backfires, creating children (and in comparable situations, adults) who are afraid to try things they think they may fail at. Praise, it turns out, may do more harm than good.
The Sampan’s special medical edition is out on stands now! As part of the newspaper’s ongoing efforts to provide the Asian American community with health and healthcare information, this edition covers all three of the Sampan’s areas of concern: Obesity, Diabetes and Smoking Cessation. In addition to information on quitting smoking, eating a better diet [...]
Children all over the world learn to speak the language of their families. We have lots of knowledge about how this happens, but it’s still undeniably a mystery. We know one thing for sure: children learn to speak in the context of community; that is, they need people to talk to them! No one learns to speak by listening to TV or tape recordings. Talking with children and near children, is how youngsters learn to understand and use language. Reading to young children, especially when they are sitting on your lap and looking at the book, also seems to help children learn their first language.