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The 5-minute daily playtime ritual that can get your kids to listen better

The concept, developed by psychologist Sheila Eyberg in the 1970s, is simple. For at least 5 minutes a day, sit down with your child and join them in an activity. That includes drawing, playing with dolls, building blocks — anything that doesn’t have a right or wrong way to play (like video games), says child psychologist Kerrie Murphy. Don’t ask questions or give commands — this is your child’s time to be in charge.

Research has shown that this kind of playtime can be helpful in treating disruptive conduct in children. According to a 2017 review of literature, parent-child interaction therapy — which includes special time — has long been regarded as an “effective intervention for a myriad of emotional and behavioral difficulties” since it was developed in the 1970s. And it’s been shown to boost attention spans and social skills in children.

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The art of child led play experiences [Webinar]

In this webinar we were joined by Sally Haughey, founder and CEO of Fairy Dust Teaching! Sally joined us to discuss how to create meaningful child led play experiences in early learning classrooms, and shared the essential strategies that educators need to know for designing engaging play invitations. She walked us through how we can identify children’s intent in their play, and how to identify their big ideas so we can support them in their journey of play and exploration. Sally also shared her expert tips and guiding resources for designing authentic and engaging play experiences for children. Keep reading to access the webinar recording and slides!

?Our Special Guest:

Sally Haughey – Founder & CEO of Fairy Dust Teaching!

Sally Haughey is the CEO and Founder of Fairy Dust Teaching. Fairy Dust Teaching is built on the passion for the wonder and magic of early childhood. They believe

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Easy & Fun Glowing in the Dark Cards Craft

Today we are making glow-in-the-dark cards using paint and cookie cutters as stencils. This is a simple art project for kids of all ages — even younger kids!

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Craft these cute glow in the dark cards that are perfect for Halloween!

These cards were specifically made for Halloween, and made a great Halloween card or Halloween party invitation. But the simple painting technique could be used all year round to make spooky glowing in the dark art.

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Make Glow in the Dark Cards

Everything on the supplies list are things that you probably already have at home with the exception of the glow in the dark paint.  This simple DIY project can be a good excuse to buy glow in the dark paint that can be used for other kids art ideas in the future.

Supplies to Make Glow in the Dark Art

Glow in

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American Sign language books for kids with Storybook Reading Time

/ August 9, 2022

Along with our English and Spanish storybooks, the Unicorn Jazz brand is adding yet another language to its magically adventurous series – American Sign Language!

Why Choose American Sign Language (ASL) as a Second Language?

A widely desirable option among monolingual households looking to add another language to their children’s reading experience, ASL is a beneficial learning tool for all babies, toddlers, and young ones born either with or without hearing impairments. While this fact may surprise many parents of children with fine hearing, learning ASL at a young age can actually help enhance communication skills during development through symbol recognition, visual cues, and effective gesturing. Most importantly, like all languages and forms of communication, ASL is easier for children to grasp and understand the earlier they start!

Story Time with Unicorn Jazz & Friends – in ASL!

It’s no secret among parents and educators that

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September 2022 Reading Wrap-Up – Cara Carroll

Well September was a truly banner month for me in terms of book picks. So many great reads this month! I unintentionally picked quite a few debut novels which was a fun surprise. And while the month didn’t start off super promising, it definitely ended with a bang. Click on the links below for the standalone reviews of each title.

The book that was worth all the hype and then some this month is most definitely I’m Glad My Mom Died, by Jennette McCurdy. Raw and honest and so well written. I knew almost nothing about the author before downloading her memoir (other than that she was an actress on Nickelodeon’s iCarly) and I walked away unable to stop thinking about her. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook as she narrates her own story (and I always think memoirs are so much more powerful when

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