Parents' Corner

4 Ways To Make Preschool Dropoff Easier

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 10, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

For many parents, preschool dropoffs can be a challenging, emotional experience—and the same is true for young children. However, with the right strategies in place, dropoffs can become a smoother and more manageable process for everyone involved. 

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Topics: Preschool, Parenting Tips

Rainy Day Fun: 4 Indoor Activities for Preschoolers

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 03, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

Springtime can mean a lot of rainy days in Northeast Ohio—and having to keep preschoolers entertained during these windows of time. Fortunately, you can find plenty of fun indoor activities for preschoolers in the area when the rain falls. 

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Topics: Activities for Children, Family Time

Establishing Healthy Limits for Summer Screen Time

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Mar 27, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

As summer approaches, children may look forward to screen time that isn’t broken up by school or homework. The amount of summer screen time desired by children, though, can become a concern for parents.

So, what is the appropriate amount of screen time for children in the summer? And how can parents establish healthy limits? Help is on the way!

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Topics: Summer Camp

4 Fun Science Experiments for Toddlers

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Mar 20, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

From the perspective of a curious toddler, hands-on science experiments can be engaging and fun. And, from a parent’s point of view, experiments have additional benefits. They provide stimulating sensory experiences for toddlers while supporting their cognitive development. It’s a win-win scenario! 

Wondering where to start? Check out these four ideas for fun science experiments for toddlers.

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Topics: Child Development, Skill Building, Learning

Northeast Ohio Summer Camps: How To Choose the Right One

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Mar 13, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

Summer camps offer children a valuable opportunity to learn, grow, and create lasting memories. When choosing between Northeast Ohio summer camps for your child, you’ll want to consider your child’s interests—such as STEM, reading, or outdoor activities—the qualifications of staff, the camp’s culture, and the cost. Here’s more on each of these.

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Topics: Summer Camp

How To Encourage Summer Reading as a Parent

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 28, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

Summer reading is valuable for children from both an entertainment and educational standpoint. It keeps them engaged while helping to stop the summer learning slide. 

Parents can play a key role in encouraging their children to crack open a book this summer and dive in. Here are several fun and effective ways to encourage summer reading. 

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Topics: Reading, Parenting Tips

Start the Day Off Right With These 3 Morning Stretches for Kids

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 21, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

Stretching comes with many benefits. It’s an easy way for kids to improve their flexibility, support better posture, and feel more relaxed. Fitting a stretch routine into your child’s morning can help them wake up, keep a positive mindset for the day, and ultimately sleep better at night. 

Not sure where to start? Check out these three ideas for morning stretches for kids.

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Topics: Activities for Children, Family Time, Health Tips, Parenting Tips

3 Summer Learning Loss Statistics Worth Knowing

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 14, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

For a century, people have been concerned about summer learning loss, with studies conducted to learn more about knowledge loss over summer breaks. Not surprisingly, as research has taken off, findings have become more nuanced; what happens during the summer, learning loss-wise, is affected by how students spend their time away from the classroom. It helps to have quality school resources and community support, which varies by location. 

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Topics: Learning, Summer Camp

DIY Kids Workshops To Consider in Northeast Ohio

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 07, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

Children typically learn well by doing. In fact, hands-on learning can be an especially helpful type of education to incorporate as young children gain knowledge informally before they begin formal learning in school. Then, hands-on learning can continue to help children grow because learning-by-doing involves actions that require exploration, creativity and critical thinking skills. Plus, children learn how to engage in the world using all their senses, enhancing their fine motor skills, and leaving them with a feeling of accomplishment when all is successfully completed. 

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Topics: Child Development, Activities for Children, Family Time

Why Are Field Trips Important?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 31, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

From a child’s perspective, field trips are just plain fun—a change from a typical day where they can enjoy time with their friends in a new environment. Yet, the benefits of field trips go far beyond that sentiment.

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Topics: Child Development, Skill Building, Activities for Children

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