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Parents' Corner

Become a Parent Mentor to Your Tween

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 09, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

As your child moves into his middle school years, life becomes more confusing as your child takes his first baby steps toward adulthood. It is during these tween years that parents find their role expanding into a new dimension, that of mentor. Tweens still need parents to provide the rules, limits, expectations and consequences that keep them safe and form the foundation for successful life. But they also need to be encouraged to think for themselves, make their own decisions and accept the consequences of those decisions.

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Topics: Parenting Tips, Afterschool

Preparation Can Ease Back-to-School Stress

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 @ 08:46 AM

Has your child expressed anxiety about going back to school? Or perhaps you feel as if you are not ready to return to checking homework, arguing about bedtimes, or dragging a child out of bed. No matter who feels more stressed about school being on the horizon, as a parent you can establish routines and get your family ready for the start of school—even if you have never done this before.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Horizon Education Center, Toddler Care, Afterschool

Preventing Summer Brain Drain for your Child, pt. 2

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Jul 08, 2013 @ 07:57 AM
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Topics: Horizon Education Center, Summer Camp, Toddler Care, Afterschool

Preventing Summer Brain Drain for your Child, pt. 1

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Jul 05, 2013 @ 10:50 AM

The Washington Post asked teachers how to prevent summer brain drain since as Gary Huggins, chief executive of the National Summer Learning Association observed. "… studies show that kids lose as much as two to three months of math and reading skills over the summer, with the losses being more marked among lower-income kids."

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Topics: Horizon Education Center, Summer Camp, Toddler Care, Afterschool

Try Summer Camp with Horizon Education Center

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

Just because school is out, doesn't mean that the learning has to stop. In fact, children can learn just as much when they feel relaxed over the summer as they can during the regular school year.

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Topics: Summer Camp, Toddler Care, Afterschool

Lessons Learned in Middle School For Your Children

Posted by David Smith on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 @ 04:20 PM

A writer for Dallasnews.com offered her take on her son's sixth grade year in "Surviving sixth grade teaches life lessons." The life lessons she refers to are not just things her son learned but things she also learned as his parent. As providers of an after school program for middle school, we give plenty of instruction but that doesn't mean we don't learn things too.

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Topics: Learning, Afterschool

Parents and Children Need to Adjust to Middle School

Posted by David Smith on Thu, May 30, 2013 @ 08:13 AM

The adjustments your child is likely to face when he or she starts middle school are both social and academic and as a parent you will have to make some adjustments as well. It helps to be prepared but not too anxious because you don't want your middle school child to pick up on the idea that middle school is something to worry about.

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Topics: Skill Building, Learning, Afterschool

Former Ohio Head Start Students Give Back to the Program

Posted by David Smith on Fri, May 24, 2013 @ 08:17 AM

We have discussed the lasting, positive effects of Head Start in previous posts The Chillicothe Gazette reports that "Two women who were Head Start students return the favor to today's kids."

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Topics: Learning, Afterschool

Keeping Tweens on the Right Path from the Child Years, Part 1

Posted by David Smith on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 @ 08:43 AM
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Topics: Learning, Child Care, Afterschool

North Olmsted- The End of Bullying Begins with Us!

Posted by Jack Smith on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 @ 09:30 PM

Family Night

The focus of North Olmsted's February family night was anti-bullying. It featured a special not-really-guest-speaker , AJ Long, who focused on the idea that "The End of Bullying Begins with Us." Mr. AJ works with Maple Intermediate School and coordinates the afterschool activities in North Olmsted. He shared some of his experiences at both locations and called for all students to make the promise. “The end of bullying really does begin with us.” he said, “and it will not end until everybody makes this promise.”  

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Topics: Learning, Social Interaction, Afterschool

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