Parents' Corner

How Socialization Benefits Toddlers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Your toddler who is rather shy or one who is already the life of any gathering. No matter where your child falls on this spectrum, he or she will benefit from age-appropriate opportunities to socialize. Socialization, in fact, is an important part of your child’s development overall — with social milestones helping your child to “manage personal feelings, understand others' feelings and needs, and interact in a respectful and acceptable way.” Read on to learn how socialization benefits toddlers.

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Topics: toddler, toddler development

The Benefits of Afterschool Programs

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“Effective afterschool programs bring a wide range of benefits to youth, families and communities. Afterschool programs can boost academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe, structured environment for the children of working parents.” (Youth.gov)

Afterschool programs provide structured, supervised programming outside of school hours for children and teens, providing “academic support, mentoring, youth development, arts and sports and recreation.” Although these programs can benefit all children and youth, there are additional benefits of afterschool programs for working families as they provide a safe haven after school while parents work.

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Topics: afterschool programs, afterschool

Family-Friendly Easter Activities in Northeast Ohio

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

After being cooped up during the wintertime, children often have lots of extra energy in the spring—and it’s likely that yours are no exception. So here are even more activities to keep them busy and engaged during the spring break and Easter season.

If your family celebrates Easter, there are plenty of Easter activities in Northeast Ohio, from egg hunts to pictures with the bunny. To make it easy for families to find the right ones, NortheastOhioFamilyFun.com has listed activities, along with dates and locations.

Here are two more ideas for the season.

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Topics: child activities

Social Development Benefits of Summer Camp for Kids

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school.” —Michael Popkin, family therapist and founder of Active Parenting

“The biggest plus of camp is that camps help young people discover and explore their talents, interests and values. Most schools don't satisfy all these needs. Kids who have had these kinds of (camp) experiences end up being healthier and have less problems which concern us all.”Peter Scales, noted author/educator and Senior Fellow, The Search Institute

Both of these quotes come from the American Camp Association, which shares the benefits of summer camp for kids, including social development benefits. To be successful in life, according to the ACA, children must learn to be resilient, and that includes developing self-esteem and self-reliance, life skills and strong social behaviors. Summer camp provides this development because children get to participate in a true community environment. These camps encourage and facilitate healthy development that includes large doses of fun, where children “interact with positive role models who have time to listen, talk, relax, and reflect.”

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Topics: summer camp, social interaction

Spring Break Activities in Northeast Ohio

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

If you’re looking for fun spring break activities in Northeast Ohio that are appropriate for the entire family, then look no further than the Lorain County Metro Parks and Cleveland Metroparks. Each offers locations across Northeast Ohio for families to walk, hike, bike and soak in nature at its finest. Best of all, it’s all free.

We’re also including information about a specific upcoming indoor/outdoor Lorain County Metro Parks program with a nominal fee, along with indoor amusement park information at the I-X Center.

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Topics: child activities

Why Day Camp Puts Your Child Ahead

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

The American Camp Association (ACA) has listed three crucial components of a true camping experience:

  • Intimacy with nature
  • Authentic human connection
  • Human-powered activities

The ACA said day camps that follow these three traditional camping pillars are “important” and provides this description of a quality summer day camp for kids: “a beautiful natural site where caring counselors help children create new connections and reach outside of their comfort zones to try new things. Laughter bubbles as jokes are shared and new friendships are built. Campers unplug from technology to commune with nature, realizing their roles in stewardship of the land. Skills develop throughout camp, both in physical things like swimming, horseback riding, and art and social/emotional things like teamwork, creativity, and self-confidence. Then, at the end of each day, a fleet of buses rolls out of camp, returning campers to their families.”

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Topics: summer camp, day camp

Benefits of Summer Camp for Kids

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“Laughter, singing and cheering are all common sounds heard in and around summer camp . . . Summer camp is a special environment where kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lifelong friendships and memories.” (Parenting New Hampshire)

As we mentioned about a year ago, summer camps have existed for so long it’s hard to imagine not having them. In fact, the first organized summer camp for kids was founded more than 150 years ago (1861) and it was so successful that the program was repeated for the next dozen years. (Of course, there were no camp buses then, so the group needed to hike to the camp site, lugging all of the equipment!)

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Topics: summer camp

Afterschool Child Care Programs Boost Learning

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 08, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“The most important advantage of a good after school program is that it widens your child’s area of interests. He or she is introduced to new things, sometimes interesting, sometimes challenging. Mastering a new art form or a new skill increases the child’s self-esteem. It also allows you to introduce your child to new career options. A child attending a music class may decide that she likes it so much that she wants to make a career out of it in the long run.” (Child Development Institute)

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Topics: Childcare, afterschool programs

How to Encourage Motor Skills Development in Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 01, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

When people think about what’s important to develop in children before they start school, they often think about children learning to count and the alphabet, and other academic-related pursuits. Those are very important skills—but much of early learning takes place through the development of the child’s body, called their motor skills. There are two main types of motor development: gross and fine—and both are crucial.

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Topics: child development, gross motor activities

Importance of Family-Centered Day Care Programs

Posted by David Smith on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

A study conducted by the prestigious Harvard Family Research Project shares the importance of family-centered day care programs. Titled Family Involvement in Early Childhood Programs: How to Choose the Right Program for Your Child,this study is not new – but its findings are crucial and we at Horizon Education Centers fully support family involvement in all of our child care programs, ranging from toddler care to afterschool care for elementary school students. .

We’ll provide a summary of report highlights and then share our family-centric philosophy.

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Topics: family time, day care

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