As part of KBYU Eleven’s commitment to kids and families, we offer resources that include ideas for activities to share with your children, advice on child development, blogs and forums, and tools to track your child’s progress. There are also links to fun sites where your child can safely play and learn.

10 Important Things Every Parent Should Know

by tr223 23. March 2011 23:41

10 Important Things

Every Parent Should Know


1 Every child grows at his/her own pace 2 A family is child's first

teacher and child's home is the first classroom 3 Children learn by

doing and listening 4 Children take pride in learning new things,

making friends, and their own independence 5 Early relationships are

building blocks 6 Children are social 7 Children learn through

repetition and variety 8 Children learn language at different rates and

times, and from a variety of sources 9 Children make sense of new

information by fitting it into what they already know  10 A child's

emotional development impacts their learning


Every child grows at his/her own pace. No two children learn to talk, express themselves or tie their shoes in the same way. However, generalizations can be made about the ages and patterns in which children acquire skills – for instance, children often say their first words between 10 and 14 months. Making a good match between what children are capable of learning and doing and the activities you provide for them is often referred to as 'developmentally appropriate practices'. Learn More


A family is child's first teacher and child's home is the first classroom. Even before an infant can talk, he/she is learning and growing. Scientists have gained exciting new insights into the biological workings of an infants' developing brain. Brain functions, language, and social relationships are blooming each and every day. A warm, nurturing, routine environment is ideal for learning. You don't need schoolbooks or a classroom for learning to take place. It's easy as talking about the food we eat, the way things grow, and the names of things in our home! Learn More


Children learn by doing and listening. Children learn about the world around them by exploring, questioning, touching, moving, and discussing. Children also learn about the world by watching and listening. We can make television viewing a learning experience by participating along with the show or by being thoughtfully engaged in the things we see and hear. Make TV time a learning time by watching (co-viewing) with your children, model activities from the program, and encourage children to play along and listen carefully. Learn More


Children take pride in learning new things, making friends, and their own independence. Feeling good about who we are is a cornerstone to a healthy life. For a young child, the world is a place that is constantly bombarding them with new challenges. Familiar friends, favorite songs, and predictable plots help a child feel confident in a busy world. Use the positive messages within your children's favorite educational TV programs as a time for your child to feel good about who they are and the things they can do. Learn More


Early relationships are building blocks. Children need a secure, nurturing, responsive environment to grow and thrive. The love and care they receive from their family and caregivers – the adults in their life – will shape their lifetime ability to form relationships that are meaningful. These early relationships build trust, confidence in others, a sense of safety, and self-sufficiency – all which lead to a lifetime of healthy learning and independence. Learn More


Children are social. Being social – hugging, holding hands, waving good-bye, and saying hello – is a way young children grow. Kindness, cooperation, generosity, and caring for others are learned through watching the actions of other people. Imitation is the best reason to choose Smart TV – TV that teaches. When your child sees another child being a good friend it helps him/her to model or imitate being one, too. Learn More


Children learn through repetition and variety. The more something is repeated, the more likely children are to remember it. Repetition in different forms also increase the chance of reaching children with different learning styles, and it gives viewers a more comprehensive understanding of the subject. Learning takes place when a, educational TV program, storybook, or activity is repeated again and again. Learn More


Children learn language at different rates and times, and from a variety of sources. Children learn how to express themselves (expressive language) and how to understand what someone is communicating to them (receptive language) from many, many sources. Each child has his/her own special rate of learning language. Building language skills can be as simple as talking with your child, sharing stories, naming things in your home, and retelling stories from storybooks, educational TV programs, and even family outings. Learn More


Children make sense of new information by fitting it into what they already know. From learning something from a TV program to reading a storybook, brushing their own teeth to playing in the park, children learn about new things by making associations to things they already know. For instance, a child will understand more about what happens at the post office after they receive a letter or postcard from far away. Learn More


A child's emotional development impacts their learning. Many experts believe healthy emotional development plays a major role in determining the kind of person a child will become. Children need support to develop a sense of self-worth, and to feel good about themselves despite common frustrations and failures. Appropriate television and activities can give children opportunities to better understand and express their feelings as they gain the patience and persistence they need to learn new things and accomplish new tasks. Learn More



Why Is This Important to My Child?

by tr223 22. March 2011 19:27

Each of our twelve Ready To Learn workshops explains why specific concepts are important to your child's development. Children develop in four areas:

Cognitive development includes thinking, information processing, problem solving, remembering, decision making, understanding concepts, and overall intelligence.
Physical development is rapid following birth as children learn to control large and them small muscle groups. The sequence of stages in important, and providing an environment children can physically explore while they are growing is critical to all ages.
Language development is most intensive during the first three years while the brain is developing rapidly and is stimulated most by exposure to sights, sounds, and being talked to.
Social/Emotional development is critical to all other areas of development, because how children perceive their world (their ability to give and accept love, be confident and secure, show empathy, be curious and persistent, and relate well to others) affects how the brain physically develops and how they learn and process information.


 1 Benefits of the Media Literacy and the Learning Triangle

2 Rhymers are Readers: The Importance of Nursery Rhymes

3 Music Is a Must!

4 Storytelling: You Can Do It!

5 The Brain: How Children Develop

6 The FUNdamental Powers of Play

7 What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel?

8 Who Is My Child? Understanding Temperament Workbook  Understanding your child's temperament will help you parent better. Use this workbook to evaluate temperament and gain information on how to best help your child as they explore their world.

9 Math Is Everywhere!

10 Learning Through the Early Years: The Benefits of Repetition and Variation

11 Shared Reading: Tools to Bring Literacy to Life

12 Building Blocks: The Sequence of Emergent Literacy Skills

Learning Activities

by tr223 21. March 2011 23:40

Community Resources for Child Development

by tr223 20. March 2011 21:40

Community Resources are invaluable tools for parents and caregivers. Knowing how to identify and locate these resources is as easy as dialing 2-1-1. KBYU TV Eleven is happy to help community programs that help our children develop healthy and happy lives and provide support and information to parents.


Watch Ask Eleven: Child Development Guest representing United Way, Help Me Grow, and parents who have participated in these community programs talk about their successes.


We focus on building financially stable families, preparing children to succeed in school and beyond and creating a healthy community. Visit United Way to learn more about community resources and service opportunities.


Visit 2-1-1 to find out what community resources are available to parents, families, and individuals. Connect with us and we will keep you up to date on the programs and opportunities that matter most to you.


Parents, healthcare providers, educators or anyone else can have a single point of access to multiple resources and services for children in Utah County. Learn more about Help Me Grow Utah and have your questions answered.

Additional Development Resources

by tr223 12. March 2011 22:55

Parents and Caregivers try their best to help children develop healthy and live happy lives. Sometimes children and families are faced with difficult challenges that can disrupt the family dynamics and cause major stress for family members. Sesame Workshop has provided wonderful resources to help children and families who are experiencing difficult situations and may need additional help and resources.


The Sesame Workshop Initiatives address a variety of circumstances that can disrupt a child and family's normal emotional development. Learn how you can help the children in your life through times emotional stress.


Ask Eleven: How Do I Find Quality Child Care?

by tr223 1. March 2011 22:45

Join Ask Eleven as they discuss how parents and caregivers can find quality child care. Learn what to look for and more importantly, what questions to ask. If you are interested in becoming a licensed provider, we have a few tips from the Utah State Department of Health.

Watch Ask Eleven: How Do I Find Quality Child Care?

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