Pediatric dentist know that all children are not alike. Every service is tailored to your child as an individual. Nitrous oxide/oxygen may not be effective for some children, especially those who have severe anxiety, nasal congestion or discomfort wearing a nasal mask. Your pediatric dentist will check your child’s medical history, level of anxiety and dental treatment needs and tell you if nitrous oxide/oxygen is recommended for your child. Pediatric dentists have comprehensive specialty training and can offer other sedation methods that are right for your child. Looking for more posts about nitrous oxide?

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Offer Support. To help your baby strengthen her muscles and develop balance, hold her as she bounces while standing.

Encourage Tummy Time Play. Place your baby on her stomach. When she is able to get up on her hands, put favorite toys just out of reach to motivate her to move and grab them.

Foster Coordination. Let your baby tap blocks together, bang spoons on pots and pick up finger foods herself. This will help sharpen her vision and hand-eye coördination.

Baby Proof. Use gates to keep stairways off-limits until your baby has mastered crawling. Even then she should be closely supervised. You can help her practice with foam blocks.

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Crawling Baby

On The Move

Want a simple suggestion that will help your baby develop his physical abilities and cognition? Try putting him on his tummy. Although he may initially fuss, your baby will reach major motor milestones by spending time belly to floor. Around 6-10 months, he will start arching his neck and kicking his feet. Next he will learn to roll over, get up on his hands and knees and then, usually crawl.

Crawling is often seen as a milestone, but some parents find that their baby doesn’t crawl at all. Instead, he will get around by rolling, dragging his body commando-style, or scooting his bottom. Not to worry: The American Academy of Pediatrics says that your baby is moving independently is more critical to later development that the way he does it.

When he starts to crawl, as long as he uses both sides of his body equally, he is strengthening the muscles he will need when he begins to walk. He is also exploring his world, which fosters cognition and autonomy. Spending so much time looking nearby ( to navigate obstacles) and far ahead ( to reach his destination) exercises the vision and coördination skills that support reading and writing.

If your crawler is favoring one side, or if you have concerns, speak to your doctor. Otherwise, focus on providing him with safe and stimulating objects and experiences as he wanders around.

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R-vowel patterns:

ar   ark   art   irl   url   urn   earn   ert   irt   urt   ore   oar   orn   ort

The following are in their own category:

ank   ang   ink   ing   oot   ound   ow (how)

Consonants and consonant blends team up with the chunks to make good reading:

b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, z

bl, br, cl, dr, fl, fr, gl, gr, pl, pr, sl, sk, sm, sn, sc, scr, sp, spr, sn, str, sw, tr, wh, sh, th, qu

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Vowel Patterns

Short and long vowel patterns

If your child can read and write these basic chunks, he/she will be able to read and write over 500 words! You may want to make flash cards of these chunks.

Short vowel patterns:

ack  ad  am  an  and  ap  ash  at  ed  ell  en  et  est  ick  id  in  ip  ill  it  ob  ock  op  ot  uck  ug  ull  ump  unch  unk  ut

Long vowel patterns:

ay  ake   ail  ale  ain  ane  aid  ade  ait  ate  eat  eet  ead  eed  ice  ite  ight  ide  ine  old  oke  oak  ote  oat  o  oe  ow (show)  oan  one  ute

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Vowel Patterns

Short and long vowel patterns

Most times, if children are reading at the right level, they will be able to figure out the words using these four steps. Your should cheer and talk about how they did it! If they can’t figure it out, it is often a word they don’t have in their listening vocabulary. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Need to check some word coaching steps?

Word Coaching Steps For Parents

I don’t know that word.

Pretend it is the covered word. Guess the Covered Word is an activity I use to help children use beginning letters and context to figure out words. Students become experts at this, but they often need to be coached to use it as they read. Have your child keep his/her finger on the word so that when he/she reads the sentence, he/she can quickly look back at the letters. Your child should be able to figure the word by thinking about the other words in the sentence while looking back at the beginning letters of the hard word. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Take a look back at looking for a rhyme.

Word Coaching Steps For Parents

I don’t know that word.

Children can often figure out a word they know by looking at her pattern or chunk. For example, raccoon rhymes with moon and soon. If the child does not see this, you can say, “That word rhymes with moon and soon!” If the child still doesn’t get it, proceed to the last step. Need a refresher on letter and picture clues? Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Remember to always praise your child.

Word Coaching Steps For Parents

I don’t know that word.