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Parents' Corner

Tips to Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 14, 2021 @ 05:45 PM

Children who develop a sense of positive self-esteem value themselves, have confidence in their abilities and strive to do their best. They are more likely to have, in the words of Understood.org, a “growth mindset”— which empowers them to tackle challenges, seek help when needed, be resilient, advocate for themselves, take personal responsibility for their actions, resist peer pressure, and learn from mistakes.

This clearly sounds like a real formula for success — but the question then becomes how to help your child to build self-esteem. To help, we’ve collected strategies from experts.

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Topics: Child Behavior

Fun Things to Do with Your Children During Summer Vacation

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 07, 2021 @ 05:45 PM

During the summer of 2021, the world is opening up in ways that weren’t possible in 2020 — which means that even “routine” visits to a friend’s house or to grandma and grandpa’s place can feel ultra special. So, think about who your child has missed seeing and set up a play date at a park with them and make a picnic lunch. You can quickly become a playground connoisseur by packing a lunch once a week and trying out a new place.

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Topics: Summer Camp

Summer Camp Creates Memories, Builds Friendships, and Shapes Self-Esteem

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 23, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

Children who attend summer camp can enjoy all kinds of benefits — which is why we love creating and offering this type of programming. This, of course, means that we can be pretty biased in favor of camp! So, rather than sharing all of the reasons why we think it’s amazing, we thought we’d take a look around the web to see and share what experts around the country are saying about the benefits of summer camp.

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Topics: Summer Camp

Revealing the Truth about Video Game Myths & Their Affect on Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 16, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

Frustrated parents who can’t seem to tear their children away from the video game console have few kind words about video games, but research shows that many of the things that parents believe about video games and the effect that gaming has on their children are more myth than fact — or are at least still up for debate.

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Topics: Tech Tips

Taming Temper Tantrums

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jun 09, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

“A temper tantrum is when a child has an unplanned outburst of anger and frustration. Tantrums can be physical, verbal or both. Your child may act out, be disruptive and generally display unpleasant behaviors. Usually, they’re acting like this because they want or need something they can’t express with words.” (Cleveland Clinic)

Some kids have temper tantrums as toddlers but then outgrow them. Other children can still struggle to manage their frustrations beyond those years — and then there is a percentage of children who seldom seem to lose their cool.

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Topics: Toddler Care

Screen Time for Preschoolers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 02, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

From smartphones to tablets and from laptop and desktop computers, gaming systems, and television sets, we’re surrounded daily by screens. Fortunately, these devices offer plenty of benefits. They’re a way to connect with other people, learn new information, and be entertained.From smartphones to tablets and from laptop and desktop computers, gaming systems, and television sets, we’re surrounded daily by screens. Fortunately, these devices offer plenty of benefits. They’re a way to connect with other people, learn new information, and be entertained.

But what’s the ideal amount of screen time for preschoolers? How much is too much, preventing these young children from engaging in physical activity that helps to keep them healthy?

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Topics: Preschool

Horizon Veteran Spotlight: Executive Director, Dave Smith

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 26, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

Horizon Education Centers is proud to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. And on this Memorial Day, we also say “Thank you” to the men and women in our military and our veterans who served.

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Topics: Horizon Education Center

Quality Summer Camps Put the Fun in Learning

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 19, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

Studies have shown that children can learn more effectively when they’re enjoying the process—which just makes sense. For example, when they’re feeling engaged and motivated to learn, information can literally flow more freely in their brains. This, in turn, helps children to make new connections and “experience ‘aha’ moments.” This is what can happen, one study says, in an “atmosphere of exuberant discovery.”

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Topics: Summer Camp

Government’s Funding Essential For Preschool Students

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 12, 2021 @ 06:30 PM

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, preschool programs are becoming increasingly common. In fact, their researchers say 68% of four-year-olds and 40% of 3-year-olds enrolled in a preschool program in 2018. Similarly, of those who were enrolled in preschool programs, the percentage attending full-day programs increased from 47% in 2000 to 54% in 2018.

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Topics: Horizon Education Center

Horizon and AmeriCorps Partnership Spotlight

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 05, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

Horizon Education Centers is always looking for new and innovative ways to educate your children. One of the ways we do this is through our relationships with AmeriCorps.

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Topics: Horizon Education Center

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