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... . ... What your child experiences during each of the first five years of life is more important than you might ever imagine. These articles by Susan Jindrich will help you understand what's happening during this period and what you can do to really help your child get off to the best possible start in life.

During the last few years, there has been an explosion in our knowledge of the ways in which humans develop and learn. It is now known that babies are beginning to learn even before they are born. We all want our children to be the best that they can be, and with some knowledge of how children learn and the sequential steps they must go through in many areas of development, we can provide many experiences at home to help them reach their potential.

Take an active role in your children's development by using our easy skill-building activities with them. Click on the following buttons to find dozens of ways for you to help them learn.

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When educators discuss children's development, they usually talk about physical, mental, social, and emotional development. How Children Develop is a quick lesson in how children develop and the stages they go through. Knowing these will help you understand what stage they are in and what comes next.

How People Learn Best is a reminder there are different learning styles. By recognizing and adapting to a person's learning style, we make it easier for them to learn.

For greater understanding of stages in the development of reading, writing, and math skills and for an idea of what goes on in a quality child care center, read Ready to Learn. You can use that information to help your child do the activities which will enable him/her to progress smoothly to the next stage. Always remember that some children progress faster than others and that the time spent in stages does not reflect their intelligence. They may have a personality which needs to move slower in order to enjoy life and really internalize their learning.

The two most important things you can do for your children are to love them and to read to them every day. These are the most important but there are more. Read 15 Ways to Help Your Child.

For families with two or more children near the same age, here is a peace and harmony idea that worked well in the Jindrich home. Try the Big Cheese Program. You will be surprised how well it works.