Ministry of Education, Guyana

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:41

Does handwriting matter?

Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.

But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

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  What To Expect From A Quality Homecare, Daycare or Nursery Environment

- Quenita Walrond MA. Early Childhood Development Consultant

As a parent of a 4 year old entering school for the first time, I was probably more nervous than my little eager learner. I asked myself all the questions any decent parent would ask themselves: will she be safe, will she be happy, will she learn what she needs to, will she make friends, and will she eat all her snack and remember to ask to go to the bathroom! However, as an Early Childhood Education and Development specialist, I had a different list of questions, and I was on the lookout! I was keeping an ever watchful eye for the critical markers that tell you about the great, or less than desirable care your child may be getting from places that promise to nurture, care for, and educate your little ones in the best ways possible! I can share with you, that I indeed found my fair share of the good, the bad, and the they so desperately need to be shut down someone please call the Child Care and Protection Agency!

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:54

Communicating with Teenagers

Are you having trouble connecting with your teenager?

Does it sometimes feel like you’re both speaking in a different language?

Here are some parenting tips that can help you open up the lines again.

  • Let your teenager understand that privileges and independence need to be earned.
  • Find low-pressure situations that will naturally breed communication, such as when you are in the car together.
  • If you need to impose negative consequences for your teenager’s negative actions, make sure that you are able and willing to actually implement them.


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