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Giving Children the Time They Need

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 12, 2022 @ 06:30 PM

“One-on-one time lets kids know they are very important. Your kids know your calendar is jammed, and they also know how you choose to spend your free time. If you carve out regular time with them—just the two of you—that makes a big statement, and tells them they are a priority to you.” (Fathers.com)

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Topics: Toddler Care

Effectively Dealing with Sibling Rivalry

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 05, 2022 @ 06:15 PM

If you’re got school-aged children who try to outdo one another, you’ll be relieved to learn that the Mayo Clinic calls sibling rivalry a “natural part of growing up.” They note how children closer in age may engage in this more than ones spaced further apart (although this isn’t always true) and that kids of the same gender may be more competitive with one another than those from the opposite gender. Again, this isn’t always the case.

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Topics: Afterschool

Head Start Program Highlight

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 15, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

Not sure what a Head Start Program is? Let's break it down.

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Topics: Afterschool

What Parents Can Do to Reinforce Their Child’s Math Skills

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 08, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

“On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of learning in math over the summer.” (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

This statement was made before teachers and parents needed to deal with the impact of COVID-19 and the modifications that needed to be made for students to safely learn during the unprecedented 2020-2021 school year.

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Topics: Skill Building

Holiday Travel Tips for Toddlers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 01, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

The advent of COVID-19 has increased the number of preparation steps for parents to ensure a safe, enjoyable trip over the holidays. Fortunately, we’ve collected plenty of tips from experts to streamline the process.

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Topics: Toddler Care

Horizon Holiday Resources

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 24, 2021 @ 06:30 PM

Horizon Education Centers is hoping to connect those in need this holiday season with the services they need. We’ve put together a list of resources in Lorain and Cuyahoga County that helps families in many different ways.

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Topics: Horizon Education Center

Helping Your Child Get Organized

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 17, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

As the start of school approaches, parents are looking for ways to help their children succeed — and making it easier for them to get organized can be a big plus. This post will share practical tips from a range of experts.

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Topics: Skill Building

Helping Your Toddler Deal With Their Fears

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 10, 2021 @ 06:00 PM

The emotion of fear in toddlers can play a useful role in helping them to be cautious, especially in situations that are new or different. The presence of fear in toddlers can be a sign that their brains are developing as they should, able to alert them to danger.

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Topics: Toddler Care

Fun Fall Craft Ideas

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 03, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

“Many researchers agree that kids who play outside are smarter, happier, better at paying attention and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors.” (Child Mind Institute)

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Topics: Activities for Children

Louise Reuter Celebrates 35 Years At Horizon Education Centers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 20, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

Congratulations to Louise Reuter, the center director at our Cascade location on her 35th anniversary with Horizon!

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Topics: Horizon Education Center

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