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Sit Together and Read Program: What to Know

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 09, 2019 @ 08:30 PM


The Sit Together and Read program is now called the STAR Read-Aloud Practices. No matter which name you use, though, this program is helping young children in Ohio to reap the proven benefits of shared book reading.

At a high level, these practices were created for educators and caregivers to help them encourage young children to develop their reading skills. They follow evidence-based reading best practices and are in fact the practices we now follow at Horizon Education Centers.

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How to Help Children Cope with Bad News

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 02, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

It’s natural to want to protect your child, and this is especially true when a traumatic event occurs. This event can be something personal, like the death of a beloved pet, cherished grandparent or relative, or it can be scary news coverage. In either case, it can be challenging to know how to respond, so this post will offer tips to consider.

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What to Know about Kindergarten and Early Learning Assessments

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 25, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

As children throughout Ohio head to kindergarten, each of them begins this important school year with different experiences and differing degrees of growth and development in the various aspects of learning and life. To help teachers understand where each of these young children is in their unique learning and social experiences, the state of Ohio has partnered with Maryland to create the Early Learning Assessment.

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How to Make Sure Your Kindergartener is Getting Enough Sleep

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

As summer break winds down and the school year begins, it’s important to make sure your child is on a good sleep schedule, getting the amount of rest that he or she needs to be productive and focused.

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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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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.” —

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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