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New programs help teach kids to code0
New programs help teach kids to code
Published: April 10, 2014 | 2 minute read

Since the late 1970s, The International School has taught kids to code at the K-8 grade level. Back in those days the Apple II, a monochrome screen, and the Logo programming language were the tools of choice. Kids enjoy learning computer science and today our computer science course is a part of our core curriculum for all children in K-8 grade. It is great to see new organizations and tools being created to help teachers, parents and schools.

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Newborns—Right-Side Up or Upside Down0
Newborns—Right-Side Up or Upside Down
Published: March 20, 2014 | 8 minute read

All newborn and tiny babies spend most of their time lying on some surface. For most of them this is a baby carriage, an infant seat, a crib, a walker, a swinging seat, a stroller, or a playpen; all of these are restrictive and prison-like. They either prevent the baby from moving at all (in the case of the carriage or the crib) or vastly restrict his movement (in the case of the playpen).

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Should You Worry About A Child Who Writes Backwards?0
Should You Worry About A Child Who Writes Backwards?
Published: January 25, 2014 | 2 minute read

The following continues our series of questions commonly asked by mothers teaching thier children to write. Q: My four-year-old daughter occassionally writes some letters backwards. I have not yet corrected her when this happens, should I? A: It is natural for young children to reverse some letters and even some words when they are first learning to write. After all, the letters do look very like one another and due to the great visual effort involved, some confusion can result.

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Physical Activity can Help a Child’s Writing0
Physical Activity can Help a Child’s Writing
Published: January 20, 2014 | 2 minute read

Physical Activity Helps Child’s Writing Skills The following continues our series of questions commonly asked by mothers teaching their children to write. Physical activity helps child’s writing skills and especially creeping, crawling and braciation. It’s important to start your child immediately on all of these activities. Q: What physical activities can my son do to enhance his ability to write? A: What a good question! There are several physical activities that promote the neurological organization necessary for writing and you are wise to encourage those in your son at this time.

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Is Your Child Frustrated with Writing?0
Is Your Child Frustrated with Writing?
Published: January 15, 2014 | 2 minute read

The following continues our series of questions commonly asked by mothers teaching thier children to write. Q: My three-year-old can become quite frustrated in trying to write. What can I do to make her attempts more successful? A: You have observed in your little girl the natural great effort involved in manual writing. We consider writing to be the most sophisticated of all neurological functions. It combines the need for good visual convergence, with fine manual coordination, both tasks requiring lots of oxygen to the brain.

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