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Back-to-School Study Tips to Help Your Child Succeed This Year

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 11, 2019 @ 08:30 PM
 
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Horizon Now Offers Yoga Classes for Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 04, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Even if their worries are smaller, children can experience stress just like adults. And in the same ways that yoga can help adults decompress and work out that bad energy, we’ve found it works for children, too.

Horizon Education Centers now has 112 staff members trained to practice yoga with children through a program called Yoga 4 Classrooms. As a result, our teachers have seen an increased ability to manage student behaviors in a positive and productive manner. We’ve also been able to better manage high and low energy levels in the classroom.

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Topics: child development

Triskett Station Center Grand Opening

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 28, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

On July 10, Horizon celebrated the grand opening of our Triskett Station Center in the Rapid RTA parking lot.

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Tips for Reducing Back-to-School Anxiety

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 21, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

As the start of the school year gets closer, some children are excited and eager to see friends again and ready to get back into the routine of school. Others may experience feelings of back-to-school anxiety — and that includes the typically anxious child as well as those who are usually laid back.

Sometimes it’s a case of separation anxiety, as some children don’t want to leave their family after a summer together. Other times, it could be because the child is starting a new school or transitioning from preschool to kindergarten, etc. Still other times, the child may feel anxious because a good friend moved.

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How to Help Your Child Prepare for Standardized Testing

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 14, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Schools use standardized testing to measure the performance of individual students and the school, overall, by comparing test performance results against standards. In general, there are two types of these tests:

  • Achievement: These test your child’s knowledge on a specific subject
  • Aptitude: These focus on predicting a child’s ability to learn by measuring problem-solving and reasoning skills

These tests also help schools determine where they need to put more of a focus, which means that results are important to students, teachers and school districts alike. To help, this post will share tips to help prepare your child for these types of high-stakes tests.

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How to Evaluate After-School Programs

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 07, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

“After-school programs are a great way to keep your child safe, inspire them to learn, and introduce them to positive role models.” — USA.ChildCareAware.org

Not all programs are equal, of course — so, as you evaluate after-school programs, watch for signs of quality. These include a low child-to-staff ratio, with appropriate supervision of participants. The atmosphere should be positive and structured with activities that also encourage autonomy. Ideally, the program will provide a fairly seamless transition from the school day to the after-school program.

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How to Help Your Toddler Prepare for Child Care

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 31, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

If you have a toddler who will enter a structured child care program for the first time, he or she may experience some separation anxiety. If so, that’s perfectly normal. Fortunately, there are ways to make this transition easier.

For example, it can help if you can ease your child into the program. If it works for your family, you could start out by having your toddler go to the child care center three days a week, rather than immediately into full-time care. As your toddler gets used to the program, then you can increase attendance.

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Tips to Deal with Online Bullying

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 17, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Online bullying, also called cyberbullying, is defined by a United States government site as occurring on “digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets . . . through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content.” It typically includes “sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else,” including “personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation.”

Children are signing up for social media accounts by the age of 12 and most kids have a smartphone by age 10

This type of harassment can be especially challenging because digital devices can be used to communicate 24/7. With this  continual access to technology, it can be difficult for people being bullied to find relief. And until the information is reported and removed, it’s typically permanently in the public eye. Because parents and teachers may not actually see it taking place, it can be harder for a trusted adult to realize what’s happening. Here’s more information about online harassment

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Why It's Helpful to Have a Summer Vacation Routine

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 10, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Summer break is here, and your children are probably celebrating, picturing months of sunny weather and fun activities, of sleeping in later, and enjoying days without the stress of homework. And, while there is nothing wrong with celebrating, it’s important to keep your children on a summer schedule—and this post will share how and why.

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4 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 03, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Summer can be the ideal season for family fun, and the good news is that it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, many of the best summer activities for your children are either free or low-cost. Here are four ideas to consider.

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