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How to Keep Your Child Learning Over the Summer

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

“. . . 66 percent of [teachers] said they’re spending three to four weeks at the beginning of the school year teaching old concepts that have been forgotten.” (Washington Post)

Two words, Huffington Post tells us, can “help you prevent learning loss this summer: enrichment and involvement.” The article then shares 12 concrete enrichment and involvement tips to keep your child learning over the summer. The first is to visit the nearest library. Consider recording your child reading to you or you reading to him or her, and then play these recordings at bedtime.

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Topics: summer activities

8 Summer Activities that Build Gross Motor Skills

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 09:48 AM

We’ve been talking about activities that help toddlers and preschoolers develop gross motor skills by exercising the large muscles in the legs, arms and trunk.  Today, we continue our list of summer games that parents can play with their children to encourage gross motor skilldevelopment:


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Topics: Horizon Education Center, summer camp, preparing your child, afterschool

4 Free or Low-Cost Summer Activities in Northern Ohio

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 05, 2017 @ 08:41 AM

Are you looking for fun summer activities for your family, but don’t want to break the bank? Here are four free or low-cost summer activities in northern Ohio just right for you.

Beating the Heat

One of the best ways to cool down during a hot summer day is a dip in a refreshing pool, but sometimes your young ones can’t swim yet. Fortunately, there is a fun and often free or low-cost solution: spraygrounds! In a sprayground, water is sprayed out of fountains to allow your child to put on a swimsuit and safely play in the cool water.

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Topics: summer activities

How to Keep Your Child Safe During the Summer

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Summertime can be children’s favorite time of the year, with fun outdoor activities ready to enjoy. This season also poses risks, however, so it’s important to be aware of them to help keep your child safe during the summer.

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Topics: safety tips, child safety, water safety

6 Car Safety Tips for Kids

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

HealthyChildren.org provides an in-depth article, updated in February 2017, about how to keep your children safe while riding in a car. These are based on American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations and provide the substance of our six car safety tips, along with information from SaferCar.gov.

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Topics: safety tips, child safety

4 Ways to Encourage Language Development in Toddlers

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Language use begins to blossom when a child is a toddler, and there are plenty of ways to encourage your child. Here are four of them.

Understand Typical Toddler Milestones

When you understand what’s typical for the toddler stage, you can:

  • Manage your own expectations, not expecting too much, too soon
  • Appropriately challenge your child’s language development
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Topics: toddler development

3 Ways to Help Your Child with Kindergarten Readiness

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

In the past 50 years, kindergarten has moved well beyond block building and naptime. Today, children are expected to hit the ground running on their first day of kindergarten. This doesn’t mean that kindergarten teachers expect their students to arrive knowing how to read and add, but it does mean that kindergarteners are expected to have obtained certain prerequisite skills that will allow them to succeed in school.

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Topics: toddler, learning skills, kindergarten, learning centers, learning, learning process

4 Common Behavior Issues in Children & What You Can Do

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 31, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

A key part of being a parent is modeling good behavior for our children, as pointed out on HealthyChildren.org, which provides high-level strategies to help shape behavior, including modeling positive behaviors. If your child sees adults sharing, using good manners and taking turns, for example, he or she is more likely to learn those behaviors.

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Topics: child behavior

6 Things Parents Should Know About Kindergarten Readiness

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Getting your child prepared for kindergarten is important, without a doubt — but it’s also important to educate yourself on the changing requirements for kindergarten. To help, we’ve gathered plenty of quality information all in one post. Here are six things parents should know about kindergarten readiness.

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Topics: kindergarten

Should I Send My Child to Preschool?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“There's increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool,” says Parents advisor Kathleen McCartney, PhD, dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education. “At preschool, they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes. And, more important, they learn how to socialize — get along with other children, share, contribute to circle time.” (Parents.com)

Unlike kindergarten, preschool attendance isn't mandatory, but an ever-growing body of evidence shows that preschool is highly beneficial for children.

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Topics: preschool

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