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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

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 PearsonHigherEd.com, and here are just a few highlights:

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Topics: Child Development, Infant Care

Progress Continues On Horizon's Shoreway Center

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

The construction of the newest Horizon Education Centers facility is nearing completion.  The roof is on, the sidewalks and bike paths have been laid, and the interior classroom walls are now going up at the Shoreway Center. The latest images are below.

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Here Are The Top Summer Camp Tips for Kids and Parents

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 25, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

If your child will attend summer camp for the first time,r switching to a different one this year, he or she may feel a combination of excitement and nervousness. But that’s OK!

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Topics: Skill Building, Summer Camp

Child Development Watch: Encouraging Their Natural Gifts

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 18, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Before we delve into strategies to consider, here’s a question to ponder: are children’s gifts and talents the result of nature—something they’re born with—or nurture, something that parents and teachers can help to bring out and flourish?

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Topics: Child Development, Child Benefits

Summer Camp Activities That Build Brain Power

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 11, 2022 @ 07:00 AM

If you fondly remember summer camp, and that experience included relay races, doing the motions to “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” learning interesting facts, and making new friends, then you were busy building brain power—although you probably thought you were just having fun.

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Topics: Summer Camp

Activities That Help Young Children Develop Gross Motor Skills

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 04, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Gross motor movements involve the use of large groups of muscles to help children walk, run, jump, skip, kick, and more. As children develop, they should become more adept in movements that rely upon gross motor skills—and VeryWellFamily.com offers a series of general benchmarks by age.

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Topics: Child Development, Toddler Care

Preschool Summer Camp Themes That Are Always a Hit

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 27, 2022 @ 07:00 AM

When preschool camp comes with a theme, this allows the children to learn about a topic or message in multiple ways—and in relatable ways. By varying the theme from year to year, this gives the summer camp a fresh look and feel each year, rather than seeming repetitive—and, no matter what theme is chosen, it should be age-appropriate, positive, and fun. 

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Topics: Skill Building, Summer Camp

Should You Send Your Child to Summer Camp?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 20, 2022 @ 06:45 AM

Summer camp comes with plenty of benefits and, to help you decide whether to send your child this year, look at this list. Would you like your child to enjoy these four benefits?

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Topics: Child Development, Summer Camp

Teaching Children Computer Skills Will Give Them Future Success

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 06, 2022 @ 03:51 PM

COVID-19 has changed how children are being educated in the United States in many ways—with technology and remote learning at the center. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the pandemic truly highlighted the need for equal access to technology for student success. Besides the idea of access, students who felt comfortable with computer use had one less barrier to overcome to continue to learn and complete their assignments away from school. 

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Topics: Learning

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