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Nap time

“Research suggests that physical and mental development takes place when kids sleep-both at night and during the day,”

I have personally seen, my neighbor kids- the 1st kids sleep throughout night and take 3-4 hrs nap during his first 4 years. The 2nd child, not a good sleeper. The 1st child is very bright and tall. The second child is active, not as smart as the 1st child. I learned this when my daughter is 5 year.
Every child needs to sleep more, play more and eat more.

Happy Napping

Do: Aim to stick to the same nap routine each day, but be flexible on special occasions.

Don’t: Wait until your child is asleep to put him down in his crib or bed.

Do: Encourage your baby to sleep in her own crib or bed for naps after she’s 2 months old.

Don’t: Keep your child up too late at night, which will interfere with his daytime sleep.

Do: Keep her room as quiet and dark as possible.

Age: 3 mos.

# of Naps: 3-4

Duration: 2-4 hrs.

Age: 6 mos.

# of Naps: 2

Duration: 1-3 hrs.

Age: 12-18 mos.

# of Naps: 1-2

Duration: 1 hr. morning and/or 1-3 hrs. afternoon

Age: 2-3 years

# of Naps: 1

Duration: 1-3 hrs. early afternoon

Age: 4-5 years

# of Naps: 1

Duration:

Age: 5-6 years

# of Naps: 0-1

Duration: 1 hr. sleep or quiet time

http://www.parents.com/kids/sleep/naps/baby-nap-time/?page=1

Toys That Support Cognitive Development

http://www.ehow.com/list_6931694_toys-support-cognitive-development.html” title=”Toys That Support Cognitive Development”

Lego – Smarter child, active brain

Research proved Legos make kids smarter.
For smaller kids : colors and shape. For older kids : Creativity and imagination.

A child’s brain is like a sponge, ready to soak up whatever touches it. For this reason, you should surround children with positive, educational experiences. Toys that develop cognitive skills include role-playing activities, like playing house or being superheroes. Building toys, like blocks or Legos are also good for cognitive development. Exploration toys, like magnifying glasses and games with rules also enhance cognitive development in children.
Read more: Toys That Support Cognitive Development | eHow http://www.ehow.com/list_6931694_toys-support-cognitive-development.html#ixzz2TDrcW79f

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legos

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/legos-brains

http://parents.lego.com/en-us/childdevelopment/active-brain/

Check your school, local library for Lego club.

Lego ideas : http://legoquestkids.blogspot.com/

Chess – brainpower

Chess : playing chess is a great way for a child to improve his brainpower. While having a lot of fun playing the game, the child’s mind is also trained to create and analyze strategies, which in turn improves his mental capabilities even for other aspects of life outside the world of chess.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7348045

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess

http://www.chess.com/

Play for free : https://gaming.connectionseducation.com/chess/sandbox.aspx

I never tried this http://www.chesskid.com/

Free Music theory and exercise

http://www.teoria.com/exercises/index.php

http://library.thinkquest.org/15413/theory/intervals.htm

Health Symptom guide for kids

http://www.babycenter.com/symptom-guide?sgStage=pres?sgStage=pres” title=”Symptom guide for kids”

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Free Academic Placement test sites

http://www.aophomeschooling.com/diagnostic-tests

http://www.edinformatics.com/testing/ny.htm

http://reading-sage.blogspot.com/p/grade-level-math-practice-test.html

http://reading-sage.blogspot.com/2011/02/grade-level-reading-assessment.html

http://www.donpotter.net/pdf/mwia.pdf

http://www.iamhomeschooling.com/homeschooling-101/1453-placement-tests-for-homeschoolers

Free Typing website

TypingWeb is a free online typing tutor & keyboarding tutorial for typists of all skill levels. TypingWeb includes entertaining typing games, typing tests, and free official typing certification.
•Completely Free
•Perfect for All Ages
•Lessons for All Skill Levels

http://www.typingweb.com/

Strong kids – Need these to know

About Strong Kids: Emotional Strength Training Introduce students to the Strong Kids curriculum

1. Understanding Your Feelings
Teach students to identify comfortable and uncomfortable feelings, and to increase their emotional vocabulary
Focus on appropriate ways to express various feelings

2.Dealing With Anger Teach students to understand and manage anger
3. Understanding Other People’s Feelings Development of empathy skills, or ability to identify feelings that other people may have
4. Clear Thinking
Teach students strategies to identify negative and maladaptive thinking patterns and common thinking errors
Techniques for dispelling irrational negative thoughts and replacing them with more realistic and constructive cognitions
5. The Power of Positive Thinking Teach students more strategies to offset negative thinking styles, and to use an optimistic style of approaching problems
6. Solving People Problems Teach students to solve interpersonal problems and deal with conflicts effectively and without violence
7. Letting Go of Stress How to identify stressors, cognitive and behavioral strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and worries
8. Behavior Change: Setting Goals and Staying Active Teach students basic steps for setting and achieving realistic goals, and strategies for increasing positive and appropriate activities