Parents' Corner

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

Tips for a Safe Halloween This Year

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

As Halloween approaches, parents will be making holiday plans — and because there are still outbreaks of COVID-19, experts will recommend more safety precautions than usual. The big choice that parents will need to make is whether to participate in trick-or-treating — and this post will contain practical tips for an enjoyable holiday, either way.

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Topics: Activities for Children

How Much Physical Exercise Does Your Child Need?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 28, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

Daily physical exercise is essential to the healthy growth and development of children of all ages. How much is optimal? According to the National Association of Sports and Physical Education (NASPE), children should spend at least 60 minutes per day engaged in physical activity.

What that looks like, though, can vary based upon the child’s age. Here is some more targeted information.

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Topics: Activities for Children

Indoor Gross Motor Activities for a Winter Day

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 10, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

During the wintertime, preschoolers can feel pretty cooped up. Because there will likely be times when outdoor activity isn’t possible during this season, it’s important to have physical indoor activities to help keep your preschoolers busy. These include ones that capitalize on gross motor skills — those activities that cause your children to use large muscles and whole-body movements.

To help, here is more information about the stages of gross motor skill development and suggestions from three websites about gross motor activities that are appropriate for your preschooler.

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Topics: Activities for Children, Preschool

Three Ways to Make Valentine's Day Special for Kids

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 03, 2021 @ 06:30 PM


On February 14, all around the country and in other places worldwide, people will share gifts of candy, flowers and more with loved ones. According to National Geographic, Valentine’s Day cards have been exchanged since the Middle Ages, which lasted from the 5th to 15th centuries!

In 2021, we may be celebrating Valentine’s Day in different ways than usual. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make the day extra special — and here are three fun ideas to consider.

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Topics: Activities for Children

Make the Most of Your Children’s Winter Break

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 09, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

“Let’s just get this out of the way: Don’t feel guilty.” (Washington Post)

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Topics: Activities for Children

Outdoor Activities for Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 27, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

This spring and summer will likely be different from any we’ve ever known before, and summer camps may not be available. So, how should you respond?

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Topics: Activities for Children

Summer Camp 2020: Celebration of Nations

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 08, 2020 @ 07:30 PM
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Topics: Activities for Children, Horizon Education Center, Summer Camp

Why You Should Choose a Summer Day Camp for Your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 01, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Summer will be here before you know it (really!). Choosing a local summer day camp program can be a win-win for working parents and their children. Working parents need dependable, high quality, all-day care for their children that is available all summer long, and children need activities that will continue to stimulate their minds during summer break.

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Topics: Activities for Children, Horizon Education Center, Summer Camp

4 Benefits of Imaginative Play for Young Children

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Have you ever seen a young child open a larger present — and then toss the gift aside to play inside the box? The box may become a race car or spaceship, or something else entirely. No matter the specifics, that child is engaging in imaginative play, and the process of pretending is both essential and more complex than it may look on the surface.

Here are four benefits of imaginative play.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Activities for Children

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