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Help Your Child Prepare By Doing Preschool Puzzles

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jun 07, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

Puzzles can be the perfect toy for preschoolers: not only are they fun, but they also help in their development in numerous ways. In fact, Empowered Parents lists more than a dozen of them!

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Topics: Child Development, Learning

How Parents Can Develop an Independent Toddler

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 24, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

While babies naturally grow more independent as toddlers, there are plenty of ways that parents can support this independence in their day-to-day activities. The result can be a toddler who is more secure and confident—and, yes, more independent.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Learning, Toddler Care

Summer Learning Activities Your Kids Will Love

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 17, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

When summer arrives, kids are ready to enjoy plenty of outdoor fun. Fortunately, with just a bit of planning, parents can seamlessly blend fun and learning into one exciting mix. In fact, Education to the Core lists twenty-five summer learning activities that you can readily enjoy as a family. 

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Topics: Child Development, Activities for Children, Summer Camp

How to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 10, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

For more than a century, people have expressed concerns about students slipping academically over summer months when school is out. Early research suggested significant summer learning loss issues, while other research has shown more nuanced results. 

Recently, experts have noted how learning is “more variable during the summer than during the school year” and perhaps the focus should be on how students spend their time during summer break and what resources are available to them when out of school for these months.

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Topics: Child Development, Summer Camp

What to Do When Toddler Keeps Getting Out of Bed

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 03, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

Although it isn’t unusual for toddlers to get out of bed, knowing that may not help parents who feel as though they just got their child into bed. So, what’s behind this behavior? notes how toddlers are often going through big changes in their lives, including in their sleep needs.

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Topics: Child Development, Toddler Care

Tips for Creating a Homework Space for your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 26, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

At its simplest, a homework space is a quiet area in your home where your child can focus. It’s an organized spot with the materials they’ll need to complete schoolwork. Having one can help your children to be more successful in school and beyond.

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Topics: Child Development, Back-to-School Tips, Afterschool

One Way to Give to Horizon: The Pioneer Freedge

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 19, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Powered by the United Way of Lorain County, South Side Pride is a community collaborative that supports the personal and academic growth of 5th-8th grade students and their families in South Elyria. As one of South Side Pride’s partners, Horizon is proud to support various programs that offer young people access to helpful resources.

Alongside after-school activities and summer camps, there's The Pioneer Freedge — or free refrigerator — program.

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Topics: Child Development, Child Nutrition

Why Daily Child Care Attendance Is Important

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 12, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Daily child care has the power to help kids of all ages develop their social, emotional, and cognitive skills. Seeing the most growth in these areas requires good attendance.

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Topics: Child Development, Activities for Children, Child Care

How to Make Overcoming Fears Easier for Children

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 05, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Overcoming fears isn't easy. Especially if you're a kid. One child may fear the dark while another may be scared of heights or loud noises—or even monsters. No matter the specifics, feelings of fear are very real to a child.

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Topics: Child Development, Child Benefits, Social Interaction

Ohio City’s Best Activities For Kids

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Mar 22, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Ohio City’s history is unmatched. From the West Side Market, to Lutheran Hospital, and Saint Ignatius High, the area is known for its diversity, historic housing stock, entrepreneurial energy and devoted neighbors. It’s also a great place to take the kids.

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Topics: Activities for Children, Family Time



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