Parents' Corner

Spelling Help: Tips for Teaching Your Child How to Spell

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 10, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Traditionally, many people considered the three core subjects for elementary school-aged children to be reading, writing, and arithmetic—and, while all three are clearly important, to read well, children first need to learn the correct way to spell.

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Topics: Child Development, Learning

Why Preschool Class Size Matters

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 03, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

People have been using the phrase ‘The more, the merrier' for nearly 500 years—and while this can be true on many occasions, that’s not the case when it comes to the size of a preschool class

As described by, having the optimal child-to-adult ratio is important for three crucial reasons—your child’s health, safety, and development.

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Topics: Preschool

Programs Expand Beyond Horizon Education Centers’ Walls

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 27, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Horizon Education Centers is proud to offer summer school programs. But not all of our activities happen within the walls of our 13 centers.

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Topics: Summer Camp

What Are the Benefits of Imaginative Play?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 13, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Imaginative play is how your child makes sense of the world around him or her through role-playing. During imaginative play, a child may pretend to visit the moon with a pile of sand on the beach serving as the spaceship or turn a box into a castle and reign over the world from within the confines of the cardboard. Possibilities with this kind of play are literally limited only by the child’s imagination. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Activities for Children

Horizon Programs Earn 5-Star Ratings

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 06, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Horizon's two site-based locations in Lakewood have received 5-Star Step Up to Quality ratings for their before and after school programs at Emerson and Harrison Elementary Schools. These programs are a collaboration with the Lakewood School District. 

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Topics: Afterschool

Horizon Education Centers and AmeriCorps Partnership Spotlight

Posted by Dave Smith on Thu, Jun 23, 2022 @ 02:34 PM

Horizon Education Centers is always looking for new and exciting ways to educate your children. Our partnership with AmeriCorps is one of the ways we do this.  

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Topics: Horizon Education Center

Why Are Summer Reading Programs So Important?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 15, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

If your child can participate in a summer reading program, here are four reasons why joining one is a great idea.

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Topics: Learning, Summer Camp

What Is Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jun 08, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Donna Wittmer and Sandy Peterson authored a landmark book on the subject. Titled Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning: A Relationship-Based Approach, the book provides an in-depth look at this topic. You can access a fifty-page preview at, and here are just a few highlights:

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Topics: Child Development, Infant Care

Horizon's Shoreway Center To Open In September

Posted by Dave Smith on Fri, Jun 03, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

The construction of the newest Horizon Education Centers facility is wrapping up and we'll swing open the doors on September 6.  That means you can schedule a tour at the Shoreway Center at your convenience and registration for classes is already open.

If you'd like a sneak peek at what it's going to look like, you can check out the latest images (and track the progress since the project began) below.

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Skill-Building Math Games for Older Students

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 01, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

If your child needs help with math—and finds it hard to add, subtract or multiply on a piece of paper—movement might be the answer. After all, sitting down for too long can become boring. As another strategy, you can capitalize on what your child already finds fun, slipping in math elements.  

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Topics: Reading, Horizon Education Center, Child Care, Summer Camp



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