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Toys That Support Speech and Language Development

on Wednesday, 06 February 2013. Posted in Parenting Tips

Toys available in Phnom Penh that Support Speech and Language Development in Infants and Toddlers

To follow up with the first topic of our 4-part Parent-Child Workshop on Child Development, Liberty International School is posting this to help parents choose the right toys that support children's speech and language development.

Supporting our children with their speech and language development should not be so difficult or complicated as long as parents find and take advantage of opportunities that occur every day. It can be as simple as spending a portion of your day talking and listening to your kids tell stories, or just playing with them.

The following are some suggested toys and how they support speech and language development of infants and toddlers:

Stacking and Nesting Toys

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-    Preposition, color, shape and size concepts
-    Concepts of full/empty by filling cups up with sensory materials like sand, beans, rice, water
-    Counting skills
-    Problem solving skills by  figuring out which one stacks or nests within the other  best
-    Fine motor and planning skills
-    Cause and Effect relationship

Wooden Blocks

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-    Hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and visual processing
-    Preposition, color, shape and size concepts
-    Counting Skills
-    Problem solving skills by figuring out how to create a tower  that will not fall down
-    Letter and number concepts if  using blocks with letters and numbers
-    Social skills like sharing with friends, taking turns, cooperation and problem solving skills when played with friends in school, at home or at a play station


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-    Preposition, color, shape and size concepts
-    Tactile concepts and vocabulary when using balls made of different materials
-    Counting concepts and problem solving skills
-    Gross motor, planning and hand-eye skills when catching, throwing and rolling the ball
-    Social skills like sharing, taking turns, playing nicely, reading non-verbal cues of friends

Shape Sorter

shape sorter speech and language development liberty international school phnom penh

-    Preposition, color, shape and size concepts
-    Empty and full concepts
-    Fine motor and planning skills
-    Counting and problem solving skills

Toy Phone

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-    Social skills through pretend play by practicing his speech and language skills talking to a different array of people. Many times, your child will ask you talk after he talks on the phone which is also contributes a lot to learning how to take turns.
-    Tactile development
-    Creativity
-    Color and shapes skills
-    Fine motor skills
-    Hand-eye coordination

Set of animals

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-    Literacy through practicing animal sounds, recognizing different animals, where they live, and how they help people, among other things.
-    Hand-eye coordination by walking the animals around.


puzzles speech and language development liberty international school phnom penh

-    Develops grasp of children
-    Hand-eye coordination
-    Enhances memory
-    Problem solving skills

Play Food

toy food speech and language development liberty international school phnom penh
-    Literacy through recognizing different food available in and out of the house
-    Play pretend; teaching responsibility as they pretend they are cooking for their friends or their family.
-    Provides a venue to practice their vocabulary while they are playing pretend

Baby Doll

baby doll speech and language development liberty international school phnom penh
-    Teaches body parts
-    Teaches clothing vocabulary
-    Preposition, colors, shapes and sizes concepts
-    Teaches basic and every day action words like feed, cry, carry, etc
-    Understanding wh questions by asking your child Where is the baby? What does the baby want to eat? Why is the baby crying?
-    Great tool in developing social skills like taking turns, taking care of siblings, sharing, neatness, cleanliness, hygiene, etc. 

Toy Cars/Trucks

toy cars and trucks speech and language development liberty international school phnom penh
-    Prepositions, shapes, numbers, colors, shapes skills
-    Part-whole relationships
-    Simple every day action words
-    Social skills

These are just some of the toys that are readily available in Phnom Penh. Most of these are affordable and can be bought in the local markets like Orussey and other major toy stores in the city. Of course, you do not have to limit yourselves to the toys mentioned on this post. We just want to give you a general picture of what kinds of toys are good for your toddlers. We hope that this will help you.


Free Parent-Child Workshop at Liberty International School

on Sunday, 06 January 2013. Posted in Activities

Topic 1 of 4: Teaching Your Child How to Speak

Parent-Child Workshop Liberty Internationals School Phnom Penh CambodiaLiberty International School is holding a series of parent-child workshops at our campus. The workshop will start on January 12, 2013. The first topic of the 4-part series is "Helping Your Child Learn How to Speak". It is for parents of toddlers who are learning how to talk. 

We will only be able to accommodate 6 parent-child pairs for each session so it is important that you register with the receptionist on or before January 10, 2013. Please choose which session you would like to attend. 

First Session - 9:00 - 10:30
Second Session - 10:30 - 12:00

The workshop will be facilitated by Mrs. Gabrielle Ek.

Nurturing Independence in Children in Cambodia

on Thursday, 20 December 2012. Posted in Parenting Tips

Tips for Good Parenting: Healthy Independence and Self-reliance


Creating Self-Reliant Cambodian Children


What is self-reliance? Self reliance is being independent. This behavior is a concept of encouraging a person to be confident, able to make decisions and do things for themselves. Taking time to nurture the growing abilities and interests of a child can be overwhelming, challenging and exhausting, but it is a very important responsibility of every parent. Young children are expected to do simple tasks every day such as putting on their shoes to knowing their numbers and letter. Sometimes, a simple thing such as choosing where to sit can be a very challenging decision for a young child. As adults/parents, offering them the opportunity to build their self-confidence and self-reliance makes these moments a bit easier for them to handle.

There are many things that we as adults/parents can do to help our children become self-reliant. Some are listed below.

Establish a daily routine with your child. Let your child do simple tasks like brushing his teeth, eating, tying his own shoe lace or putting on his clothes by himself as soon as he gets the hang of it. Teach him how to do these tasks first and later on give a chance for him to do it without you helping him.

Stand back.  When a child is about to take a risk, stand back and watch what happens. Obviously, if his well-being is in danger, step in and redirect his behavior. But if he is making the decision to try his bike without training wheels, maybe it is time to see if he really can do it. Young children are daredevils and are learning every day what their bodies can and cannot do. By allowing your child to healthfully explore his abilities without hearing a constant NO, he is learning you trust him and his decisions.

Play out-of-sight games. Beginning around nine months or earlier, play peel-a-boo and chase around the furniture games. As you hide your face with your hands or you hide your body on the other side of the couch, your child has the opportunity to imagine that you exist even if he does not see you.

Separate gradually. Best odds for a child developing a healthy sense of self are for him to separate from the mother and not the mother from him. Discipline problems less likely to occur when the child separates from the mother gradually.

Take leave properly. Make sure to let your child know when you are planning to go even just into the room next door. It is important to properly say goodbye or see you or mommy/daddy is going to work and will be back later because this helps in making your child trust you, knowing that you will always tell him what is going to happen and that you do what you say.

Allow your child to spend more time in free play. Let him explore his own ideas and think for himself. Do not worry of the mess that he will create. This comes with being a child. Just create a physically safe environment for him to explore.

Encourage helping with age-appropriate house chores. When children are a little older, they can help with simple tasks at home like laying the table, watering the plants and cleaning up their toys or room, among others. They should be given r responsibilities appropriate for their age and should be held accountable if these duties are not fulfilled. This will give them a sense of importance and they will feel that their parents trust them to do the job.

Let your child make decisions. This does not mean letting your child be the decision-maker, but to encourage him to pick out his own clothes in the morning or select dinner one night a week. When your child feels he makes decisions that are respected and taken seriously, he is building his self-confidence which encourages his self-reliance.

Be a facilitator. Children will naturally become independent. It is not your job to make them independent but rather to provide them a secure environment that allows them to become independent.

Substitute voice contact and provide long distance help. If your child is in another room out of your sight and starts to fuss, instead of immediately rushing to his aid, try telling him instead that you are coming soon. Maintaining a dialogue with a child outside the shower door is also a very good way of preventing separation anxiety. If your child needs help in what he is doing, instead of doing it yourself, give him encouragement and instructions to solve his problem.

Build relationships. Be sure that your child knows how much you love him. Effective ways of showing your love are spending quality time with him, giving him hugs and kisses, and just being caring and understanding. Also encourage closeness with other adults like grandparents, family friends or the like. Make sure that you create an environment where your child is comfortable and close to everyone in the family, not just to one person alone, because that usually means that the person he is close to is spoiling him. Introduce your child to other children and let him establish friendships with them as this normally helps in nurturing their emotional growth.

Be a model. We, parents should also be confident and should model positive behavior. First day of school is often hard to parent and child. Expect to endure separation anxiety at some point. This is true for children every time they go through a transition period from one stage of their life to the next. As an adult, we need to stay confident and be their model of positive behavior. This will encourage your child to do the same. Talk to your child about his concerns, thoughts, worries and questions. By doing this, he is learning that his thoughts are respected and heard, thus allowing him to build his own self-confidence and understanding.

Trust others.  Remember, the teachers are there for help. Encouraging your child to trust others builds his understanding of community and his role within it. When he sees adults sharing and communicating, he understands he should do the same, too. This will build his ability to make friends, continue making positive decisions, and build relationships he will have for the rest of his life.

Forming Good Study Habits with Children

on Friday, 14 December 2012. Posted in Activities

Tips in Establishing Study Habits in Children





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Here are some tips to parents in helping children form a habit of doing their homework:

  1. Know the teachers — and what they're looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
  2. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit, quiet and comfortable place designated as a study area. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
  3. Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner. Know what works best with your child and choose that time as your child’s regular study time, whether he has homework or not.
  4. Help them make a plan.  Encourage your child break up the homework into loads that they can manage. Create a work schedule if necessary. This scheduling skill will help your child manage days when they have lots of homework to accomplish.
  5. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. If there are other children in the house, they should be kept away and instructed to be quiet or play away from where your child’s homework place.
  6. Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.
  7. Be a motivator and monitor. Check if there is homework or any take-home tasks. Make this a habit every day. Encourage your child to read and review the day’s lesson every day.
  8. Set a good example. Children follow what they see us, their parents, do. Set as a good example to your child. If your child sees you managing your time well despite your busy schedule, read a book or anything valuable, they are more likely to follow rather than just mere advices.
  9. Praise their work and efforts. Make sure that your child knows that his efforts in school are appreciated. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
  10. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child's teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.

For young learners (preschoolers and kindergartners), homework is just given out to establish good study habits for the children. Our role as parents is to just follow up, motivate and monitor our children. We don’t have to stress or pressure the child to perfect the homework.

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