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by Administrator | March 8, 2017 | Child Development

We all know that kids can be picky eaters. Sure, we want and hope for little foodies, willing to eat anything and everything put in front of them, but it’s usually not that simple. However, we don’t think it’s impossible. With a little time and effort—and a whole lot of parental patience—you can encourage healthy […]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | March 8, 2017 | Child Development | Early Education & Literacy

Most of us know the research about how important it is to read with children every day. And most of us have every intention of doing that. However, day to day life, with all of its tasks and distractions can get in the way of realizing our best intentions. Therefore, purposefully scheduling time to read […]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | January 31, 2017 | Child Development | Ideas

How many times have you told your children it’s too cold to go outside, or too wet, or too hot? We have probably all said it once or twice. Or, “You’re going to catch a cold if you don’t put on your coat and hat.” That’s why some parents have tucked away in a closet […]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | January 10, 2017 | Child Development

Your friend has a young daughter who makes her own snack and packs most of her lunch. Your sister’s 2-year-old son cleans up his dishes after dinner. How did these parents get so lucky? It isn’t luck—they’ve raised their children to make responsible choices. Teaching children how to take responsibility is not easy and takes […]

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by Administrator | December 20, 2016 | Child Development | Early Education & Literacy | Kindergarten Readiness

A new study from La Petite Academy and her sister schools reveals that the company has achieved three times growth in school readiness among its Pre-K students during the fall 2015-spring 2016 academic year. This is the second consecutive year that the Learning Care Group’s schools – which include Childtime, The Children’s Courtyard, Everbrook Academy, […]

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by Administrator | November 3, 2016 | Child Development | Holiday Activities

During our annual Season of Kindness—and all year long—we work hard to create a strong sense of community at our school. We want children to learn about being good citizens and to get along well with others. Of course, this kind of learning can also continue at home. Throughout the year, you can have conversations […]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | November 3, 2016 | Child Development

Toys can be valuable tools that teach children about themselves and the world. While most playrooms are filled to the ceiling with toys, many education experts actually believe that having a smaller amount of toys is more beneficial to children. With the holidays quickly approaching, parents are thinking about gifts. As a parent, you want […]

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by Administrator | October 6, 2016 | Child Development | Ideas | Nutrition | Recipes

To celebrate the fourth anniversary of our Grow FitTM healthy living initiative, we have some ideas for keeping your family healthy throughout the season. As the weather turns cooler and we spend less time outdoors, it doesn’t mean we have to give up healthy life choices. Here’s a few ways to celebrate fitness this October—and […]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | October 5, 2016 | Child Development

An important activity that you can do as a parent is to encourage and participate in your child’s pretend play. Every area of development can be enriched with pretend play. Here are some fun ways that this kind of play engages children in essential life and personal skills, as well as increases their knowledge of […]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | September 8, 2016 | Child Development

Like most adults, children are creatures of habit. Transitions from one activity to another can be difficult. Children who are asked to stop doing something they enjoy and to start a different activity may exhibit difficult behaviors. These behaviors can take the form of tantrums, avoidance, resistance, whining, or negotiation (“Can I have just 5 […]

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