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Food Safety for Preschoolers

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 @ 08:20 AM

Because preschoolers’ immune systems are still in development, they are more prone to food poisoning, and it’s also more difficult for young children to recover from food-borne illnesses. Preschoolers are more likely to choke, as well, especially on certain foods. So it’s important that food safety guidelines are carefully followed for their protection. Here is what you should know about food safety for preschoolers.

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Nagy Family First Recipient of Horizon’s Activities Scholarship

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 @ 08:20 AM

As an education professional, Nicole Nagy knows how off-campus activities like field trips can positively impact students. But, as a full time college student earning her doctorate in education, a teacher and a single mother, Nicole wasn’t always able to fund her daughters’ summer camp field trips at Horizon Education Centers.

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Should My Child Take Vitamins?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

You want your child to be healthy – and perhaps your doctor has you take vitamins – so it’s natural to wonder if your child should be taking them, too. Well, as with many questions, the answer is: it depends.

Ideally, your child should eat a balanced, healthy diet, rich in lean meats, dairy products, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. In that case, it’s unlikely that supplementation is needed. But, perhaps he or she is a picky eater. In that case (especially if your child doesn’t like whole foods), it makes sense to talk to your doctor about potential nutritional deficiencies. The doctor may order a blood test and recommend vitamin supplements.

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The Psychological Benefits of Summer Camp

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

According to Psychology Today, “summer camps are places where children get the experiences they need to bolster their range of coping strategies. There are the simple challenges of learning how to build a fire, going on a hike, or conquering a high ropes course. There are the much more complex challenges of getting along with a new group of peers, learning how to ask for help from others, or taking manageable amount of risks without a parent following after you.”

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3 Low-Cost Educational Activities in Northeast Ohio to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

To your child, the phrase “summer learning loss” may sound dreadfully dull, and so he or she may not share your enthusiasm in trying to prevent that from happening. But, there are plenty of activities that he or she will enjoy participating in to help to prevent this learning loss–ones that are so much fun it won’t feel like learning reinforcement at all! Best of all, these educational activities are available right here in Northeast Ohio over the upcoming summer break. It doesn’t get better than that.

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Summer Camp 2018: It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up!

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 06, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

There are numerous benefits of summer camp, including these we listed in a post in May 2018: 

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Topics: summer camp, horizon summer camp

The Importance of a Summer Reading Program

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 30, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

Have you ever heard of summer learning loss, also known as the ‘Summer Slide'? Summer reading is extremely important for students and their educational achievement.  According to the U.S. Department of Education, summer reading helps advance children’s language skills. Summer reading is critical for students to retain knowledge and skills learned in the previous school year. Students who don't read are at risk of falling behind their classmates.

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Topics: early learning, summer learning loss

How to Deal with Bedwetting

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 23, 2018 @ 06:00 AM

Yes, as a slideshow at WebMD.com acknowledges, bedwetting can be stressful. But, it’s a normal part of growing up with most children not staying dry until age three—and not a concern until the child is around the age of six. Families simply need to work towards dry nights—and here are some tips:

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6 Activities to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 16, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

“Summer break may be only about 10 weeks long, but during that time kids can forget a lot of what they spent the previous nine months working hard to learn. Recent studies have shown that kids can lose up to two months' worth of reading and math skills over summer vacation—and that means teachers have to spend precious classroom time each fall bringing them up to speed.” (Parents.com)

So, how will you help to prevent brain drain? Here are six ideas.

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Topics: summer camp

Benefits of Sending Your Kid to Summer Camp

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 09, 2018 @ 05:45 AM

At summer camp, kids learn teamwork, according to an article in HuffingtonPost.com, with the me-me-me focus turned outward, towards something bigger. Children learn how relationships benefit when they invest time into working together.

And, that’s only one of the ways that children benefit from summer camp. The article shares how camp also fosters resilience and builds confidence, helping children to develop good decision-making skills, overcome obstacles, find the courage to try new things, step out of comfort zones and to grow up and mature, overall.

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