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What Your Child Needs to Know Before Kindergarten

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Starting kindergarten is an important transition for your child and it’s important that you prepare your preschooler so that he or she can be successful. So, we at Horizon created an e-book titled Guiding the Way to Kindergarten: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Improve, Maintain & Support Children’s Literacy Skills that you can download for free.

We encourage you to download the e-book. In the meantime, here are some highlights.

In this publication, we share different reading styles and we suggest that you rotate them with your child so you can see what works best for him or her. Take a look at the styles we listed and see how your child responds.

We also included ten steps to becoming a good reader; here are the first three:

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Topics: child, kindergarten, literacy, early literacy

Five Tips to Make Math Fun for Your Elementary School Child

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Jan 02, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

When you were in elementary school, what was your favorite subject? If you're like most people, the answer is probably not math. Numbers and calculations have a precision that tends to be intimidating. Questions have only one correct answer, leaving no room for error.

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Topics: child, child development, learning centers, math

What Should You Put in Your Child's "Busy Bag"?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Kids are inquisitive, curious, and love being busy with "things." Whether it's a special toy, an interactive game, or colorful crayons, providing kids with interesting and educational items is a sure way to spark their imagination and creativity.

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Topics: child, learning tools, toddlers

Fast and Fun Homework Tips for Your Child

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Do your kids groan and complain when you remind them it's time to do their homework? If you're tired of their grumblings, you're not alone. Many parents encounter homework grief from their kids, but the homework still has to get done. Here are some homework tips you can use to help your kids see homework as something fun instead of as a chore.

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Topics: learning skills, child, learning, homework

Righty or Lefty: Determining Your Child's Preference

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

As babies, both hands are active and busy but a subtle change takes place as your child develops and interacts more frequently with toys, gadgets, and other items of interest. You may begin to notice he or she tends to use one hand over the other at around 2 or 3 years old while some children use both hands equally until age 5 to 6.

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Topics: child, child development, developing skills

Early Education: Reading and the Vocabulary Connection

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

For just a moment, think back to when your child first started to develop his language skills. He started off with some soft cooing sounds, and then before you knew it he was copying you, and trying to imitate the words you said. By the time your child was two years old, he probably knew a few hundred words, and that number quickly grew to a few thousand in just a year's time.

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Topics: child, early literacy, early education

Helping Your Child Learn to Love Vegetables

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

We know our kids should eat more vegetables. The trick is getting your children to do so without tears or threats. With a few exceptions, this colorful, crunchy, vitamin-packed food group often gets a thumb’s down from children whose developing palates shy away from strong flavors and strange textures.

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Topics: child, child nutrition, nutrition tips

Getting Your Child Ready for Preschool

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

When your child heads off to preschool, you can rest easy knowing that they will be in the hands of a trained supervisors and educators. Before that day comes, however, parents can do plenty to prepare kids to enjoy and grow in the preschool environment—on day one and beyond.

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Topics: child, preschool

Tips for Helping Left-Handed Toddlers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 10:49 AM

Being a lefty in a right-handed world can be a challenge (see our previous post). Infants and young toddlers experiment with both hands equally; but around age 2 or 3, most children start showing hand preference when reaching for, picking up or holding toys.

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Topics: toddler, lessons life lessons, child, early childhood education, patience, left handed

How to Keep Your Family Healthy From Daycare Colds

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 05, 2014 @ 03:02 PM

This winter's bitter temperatures are making kids particularly vulnerable to colds. If your child is in daycare, you already know how such illnesses can spread like wildfire in that environment. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to strengthen your child's immune system and create a greater resistance to illness.

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Topics: toddler, lessons life lessons, child, early childhood education, patience, flu, health, cold



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