Movement is not only an essential tool for encouraging healthy habits in children, but it’s a really great way to build a child’s sense of self and to provide educational opportunities. We all know that the brain is the most important organ for cognition and learning. As parents and teachers, it’s our job to build, [...]
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What is School Readiness? Stated in simple terms, school readiness means that a child possesses the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for high achievement in school and later learning in life. It is a measure of how well prepared—cognitively, socially, emotionally—a child is to succeed in school. There is consensus, based upon a wealth of [...]
What is primary caregiving? It’s a system that ensures our classrooms meet each child’s unique needs, that each child is properly supervised, and that each child’s developmental needs and abilities are communicated accurately to families. Most importantly, a primary caregiver system also leads to greater levels of attachment, which is critical to a child’s growth [...]
The new year is a perfect time to reflect on all of our past accomplishments, as well as identify new ways to make positive changes for the future. Many adults make new year’s resolutions, but it’s also important for children to reflect on the milestones they met in 2014 and identify their own goals for 2015. [...]
Moving up to a new classroom is an exciting time filled with fun and opportunity. We know transitions can sometimes be a little scary for both children and parents. That’s why our teachers and school staff are dedicated to supporting families every step of the way. Every child is different; for some, moving to a [...]
By: Ashley Rives Stores and homes are getting dressed up with festive lights, hot cocoa is being sipped and your kids are thumbing through the holiday toy catalog. It is that time of year again – the Holidays are coming! While sharing this festive season with your family is sure to be memorable, this time [...]
By Alexa Bigwarfe Thanksgiving is a great time to teach your toddler about being thankful, and it’s especially fun to do it through crafts. You can do this without too much preparation and with basic supplies, which makes it an inexpensive activity as well. Go the extra mile and invite your friends over for a [...]
It’s important to be thankful all year long, but November is a perfect time to deeply reflect on the good things in life. Here are five simple ways you can teach your kiddos to be thankful for the wonderful things in their lives and help them extend that gratefulness to their families, friends and community: [...]
Asking your young child to “share” is likely to trigger tears and tantrums – here’s why. But don’t give up – there are lots of ways to boost your child’s graciousness, patience, and empathy, which all add up to honest-to-goodness sharing over time. Here’s how: Take Timed Turns Don’t tell your child to “wait just [...]
My little one likes to have “combersations” at mealtimes. But she really has no choice – we’re a family of talkers. Her older sister and brothers yak over their school time triumphs and tragedies, and Dad and I elbow our way in to ask questions, offer occasional advice, and ensure everyone gets a turn. But [...]