Parents' Corner

How To Encourage Summer Reading as a Parent

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 28, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

Summer reading is valuable for children from both an entertainment and educational standpoint. It keeps them engaged while helping to stop the summer learning slide. 

Parents can play a key role in encouraging their children to crack open a book this summer and dive in. Here are several fun and effective ways to encourage summer reading. 

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Topics: Reading, Parenting Tips

Start the Day Off Right With These 3 Morning Stretches for Kids

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 21, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

Stretching comes with many benefits. It’s an easy way for kids to improve their flexibility, support better posture, and feel more relaxed. Fitting a stretch routine into your child’s morning can help them wake up, keep a positive mindset for the day, and ultimately sleep better at night. 

Not sure where to start? Check out these three ideas for morning stretches for kids.

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Topics: Activities for Children, Family Time, Health Tips, Parenting Tips

3 Summer Learning Loss Statistics Worth Knowing

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 14, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

For a century, people have been concerned about summer learning loss, with studies conducted to learn more about knowledge loss over summer breaks. Not surprisingly, as research has taken off, findings have become more nuanced; what happens during the summer, learning loss-wise, is affected by how students spend their time away from the classroom. It helps to have quality school resources and community support, which varies by location. 

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Topics: Learning, Summer Camp

DIY Kids Workshops To Consider in Northeast Ohio

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 07, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

Children typically learn well by doing. In fact, hands-on learning can be an especially helpful type of education to incorporate as young children gain knowledge informally before they begin formal learning in school. Then, hands-on learning can continue to help children grow because learning-by-doing involves actions that require exploration, creativity and critical thinking skills. Plus, children learn how to engage in the world using all their senses, enhancing their fine motor skills, and leaving them with a feeling of accomplishment when all is successfully completed. 

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Topics: Child Development, Activities for Children, Family Time

Why Are Field Trips Important?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 31, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

From a child’s perspective, field trips are just plain fun—a change from a typical day where they can enjoy time with their friends in a new environment. Yet, the benefits of field trips go far beyond that sentiment.

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Topics: Child Development, Skill Building, Activities for Children

How To Support Children’s Development of Leadership Skills

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 24, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

Cultivating leadership skills in kids involves the development of self-esteem, which can occur when children receive positive reinforcement as they learn how to set boundaries and tackle life’s challenges. As MissionGrit.com notes, as children gain confidence, they learn how to communicate more effectively, get along well with others, think creatively, and inspire and guide others. In other words, they develop soft skills that support solid relationships—skills that, someday, potential employers will seek for their worker teams.

Wondering how to encourage the development of these skills? Here are some strategies that help.

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Topics: Child Development, Skill Building

Planning a Day of Northeast Ohio Family Fun

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 17, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

During the colder months, it’s easy for children (and, let’s face it, for adults!) to feel cooped up. Fortunately, there’s plenty of Northeast Ohio family fun to enjoy even when snow is all around. Here’s one itinerary to consider!

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Topics: Activities for Children, Family Time

The Benefits of Team Sports for Kids

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 10, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

Participating in team sports offers a number of benefits for kids. Sure, there are advantages to physical health. But involvement in team sports also helps shape a child’s mental, emotional, and social health. 

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Topics: Activities for Children, Afterschool

How To Help Separation Anxiety in Toddlers

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 03, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

Toddlers can exhibit signs of separation anxiety when they’re parting from their parents or caregivers, perhaps by crying, clinging, or engaging in tantrum-like behavior to try to get them to stay. Although this can feel challenging to deal with, it’s actually a normal part of development that can last up to the age of three or, sometimes, even later. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Toddler Care

How Do Preschoolers Learn Best?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 27, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

The preschool years are crucial ones for healthy brain development, and so it’s important to focus on helping preschoolers engage with the world around them during this pivotal phase. But, how do preschoolers learn best? This post will share several ways — some of which may be surprising.

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Topics: Child Development, Learning, Preschool

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