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As a parent of a baby, toddler or preschooler have you ever asked "When should I start teaching my child? Is it too early?" No matter the age of your child between 0 and 6 years old, you have already started. Would you like to know how to support your child's learning? With fun and play?

Parents really are the first teachers and learning starts before children are even born. Your little ones have learned to talk, walk, explore, and communicate with your help. It may feel like they would do this anyway and that it is a natural process but your guidance has influenced their learning.

Barbara Allisen, also known as Mrs. A, is a kindergarten teacher, with years of experience in the classroom, and has witnessed the impact that parents have. She wants to support you as you help your child learn with ideas, tips, and suggestions for learning and play.

Mrs. A. says that "Gazillions of brain connections form in the early childhood years and parents can encourage even more. Early learning is crucial to both children's mind and mindset." To support your child to be a powerful learner you don't need to turn your house into a preschool, but your home can be a place for all kinds of fun and play that will encourage learning and development.

 

Kids and Digital Devices: Yes or No, Friend or Foe? Guest Angela Crocker, July 29, 2013

Learn and Play with Mrs A, with Barbara A(Allisen)

Monday, July 29, LIVE Noon EST on RockStar Radio Network

Kids and Digital Devices, Yes or No, Friend or Foe? guest Angela Crocker

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Angela CrockerScreen time has become a concern for many parents and caregivers. Are digital devices supportive for children's development or not? Research isn't always clear and it is obvious that children need to know how to use these tools. There are more questions than answers!

Angela Crocker, the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide To Creating A Social Network, teachers others about using technology. She is also a parent and shares a concern about children and digital devices. Angela is Executive Director of Coastal Sound Music, Community Creator at Beachcomber Communications and has "a healthy addiction to tech gadgets".

For a discussion on kids and screen time, join the conversation. Do you think digital devices are children's friend or foe? Are they yes or no for your child?

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Ready or Not, Here Comes Kindergarten, guest Kerry Murdoch, July 22, 2013

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Monday, July 22, LIVE Noon EST on RockStar Radio Network

Ready or Not, Here Comes Kindergarten, guest Kerry Murdoch

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Kerry-MurdochThis year many children will start a new adventure called kindergarten. And many parents and caregivers are asking,"Is my children ready for kindergarten?" "What does my child need to know before kindergarten?" and other questions. At the other end of the teeter-totter is "Isn't this the school's job, to be ready for kids?"

It can be confusing! Today's guest, Kerry Murdoch is a kindergarten teacher and parent of 2 girls. She gets to see both sides of the issue because her older daughter is starting kindergarten this year. Plus, Mrs. A reviews a kindergarten readiness checklist and developmental milestones. Welcome to kindergarten...

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Summer Connections to Nature, guest Jacquie Fisher, July 15, 2012

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Monday, July 15, LIVE Noon EST on RockStar Radio Network

Summer Connections to Nature, guest Jacquie Fisher

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Jacquie FisherChildren need connections to nature, and what better time than summer vacation? All over the world, communities are looking at solutions for getting families outdoors to boost this awareness and to encourage interaction with the natural world and environment around us.

Jacquie Fisher from KCEdventures is the Learn and Play with Mrs. A guest for ideas for nature play in the summer. Jacquie is the founder and CCO of KC Edventures. This show will be an adventure, or maybe that's Edventure? For some ways to play join us for some summer connections to nature. 

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Summer Fun Activities for Kids, 123kindergarten.com, July 8, 2013

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Monday, July 8, LIVE Noon EST on RockStar Radio Network

Summer Fun Activities for Kids, sponsored by 123kindergarten.com

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Summer time, and the kids .... need something to do. In case you are asking, "What could a teacher know about keeping kids busy in the summer?", we get lots of practice figuring out answers because we ask the busy question several times a day, 5 days a week for 9 or 10 months,  and for a couple of dozen kids at a time. In kindergarten, sometimes I felt like I was the only student and instead there was a room full of 5 year old teachers, all teaching me about ways to PLAY. (I mustn’t have been a very fast learner because I seem to have been there for quite a few years. Somehow, tho, the kids always stayed five years old.)

On this show you get a trained PLAY-er’s perspective on what to do with kids over the summer. And not just one teacher but two, since Kelly Cornall St. Clair, a member of the show team behind the scene, plays host and Mrs. A plays guest. Put on some play clothes and tune in for some Summer Play Ideas with me, Mrs. A, to keep kids active and you sane.

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Step-Families: Supporting Children, guest Dianne Martin, July 1, 2013

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Monday, July 1, LIVE Noon EST on RockStar Radio Network

Step-Families: Supporting Young Children, guest Dianne Martin

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Dianne MartinEducation for all children begins within a child's family. Between one-third to one-half of children will spend time in a step-family situation. The changing family dynamics can create challenging issues for children. Not only are there new rules and expectations for children to learn, there are past ways of coping that children need to unlearn. 

Guest Dianne Martin is a step-family counselor and step-mom. Dianne has a StepFamilyHarmony blog and has written articles for StepMom Magazine and Family Magazine. With both training and experience, she answers questions for parents and caregivers with tips, tools, and techniques for supporting children in any family situation, and especially step-families.

 

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