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by Administrator | August 26, 2015 | Early Education & Literacy | Ideas | Work/Life Balance

Summer is over and you’re probably still getting used to that “back-to-school” mindset. Here are some tips for helping you maintain good communication with your child’s school, as well as how to manage homework time.   Maintaining Home and School Communication Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher. Communicate any specific goals you may have for [...]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | August 26, 2015 | Child Development | Early Education & Literacy | Kindergarten Readiness

As children grow, the skills they need to learn and develop change. Normal developmental growth frequently involves children taking on and practicing milestones or challenges until they master them. But it’s also important for children to positively embrace learning, and that begins with a strong start in early childhood, that will lead to success in [...]

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by Administrator | August 7, 2015 | Early Education & Literacy

What better way to celebrate Book Lover’s Day on August 9 than by reading a book with your little ones? We asked some of our staff members to share their favorite children’s book, and we’d like to know what yours is, too!   Tessa Mayben – Program Assistant Director, Oklahoma City, OK Favorite Book: Alexander [...]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | July 21, 2015 | Child Development | Early Education & Literacy

Finding the right preschool for your child is an important step in their development. Having a formal educational experience before entering elementary school contributes significantly to their cognitive development, social skills, and autonomy. Here are five essential considerations when deciding on your child’s early educational experience: Parenting Style – You have your own communication style [...]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | June 10, 2015 | Child Development | Early Education & Literacy | Kindergarten Readiness

We’re committed to assessment-based curriculum. Why is this so important? Since curriculum is what happens in the classroom every day, when it’s customized to the developmental needs of the specific children in that class, it is more effective. Assessment-based curriculum means children are exposed to, and given practice in, those skills that they are ready [...]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | May 6, 2015 | Child Development | Early Education & Literacy | Learning Activities

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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by Dr. Susan Canizares | April 10, 2015 | Child Development | Early Education & Literacy | Kindergarten Readiness

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 [...]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | March 4, 2015 | Early Education & Literacy | Kindergarten Readiness

Like many parents of preschool-aged children, you’re probably wondering, What comes next? After all, there’s still a lot of growing and learning to do before entering elementary school. Let’s take a minute to explore some options, with these school readiness program offerings.   Pre-Kindergarten The Pre-K program offers substantial learning experiences in literacy and mathematics. [...]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | February 5, 2015 | Early Education & Literacy | Learning Activities

Learning math begins in infancy. It’s true. It all starts with seeing differences in objects and people. For example, when an infant begins to differentiate between Mommy’s face and a teacher’s face, or between the stuffed brown dog and the yellow cat, that’s the start of math learning. As toddlers, children begin to understand the [...]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | January 12, 2015 | Early Education & Literacy

What’s the single most important thing you can do to help your child prepare for reading and learning? Would you believe it only takes 15 minutes a day? Yes, that’s it. The answer: Read to your child. Does just 15 minutes a day make a difference? You bet it does. Spending 15 minutes a day [...]

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