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DIY Kids Workshops To Consider in Northeast Ohio

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 07, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

Children typically learn well by doing. In fact, hands-on learning can be an especially helpful type of education to incorporate as young children gain knowledge informally before they begin formal learning in school. Then, hands-on learning can continue to help children grow because learning-by-doing involves actions that require exploration, creativity and critical thinking skills. Plus, children learn how to engage in the world using all their senses, enhancing their fine motor skills, and leaving them with a feeling of accomplishment when all is successfully completed. 

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Topics: Child Development, Activities for Children, Family Time

Why Are Field Trips Important?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 31, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

From a child’s perspective, field trips are just plain fun—a change from a typical day where they can enjoy time with their friends in a new environment. Yet, the benefits of field trips go far beyond that sentiment.

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Topics: Child Development, Skill Building, Activities for Children

How To Support Children’s Development of Leadership Skills

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 24, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

Cultivating leadership skills in kids involves the development of self-esteem, which can occur when children receive positive reinforcement as they learn how to set boundaries and tackle life’s challenges. As MissionGrit.com notes, as children gain confidence, they learn how to communicate more effectively, get along well with others, think creatively, and inspire and guide others. In other words, they develop soft skills that support solid relationships—skills that, someday, potential employers will seek for their worker teams.

Wondering how to encourage the development of these skills? Here are some strategies that help.

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Topics: Child Development, Skill Building

How Do Preschoolers Learn Best?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 27, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

The preschool years are crucial ones for healthy brain development, and so it’s important to focus on helping preschoolers engage with the world around them during this pivotal phase. But, how do preschoolers learn best? This post will share several ways — some of which may be surprising.

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Topics: Child Development, Learning, Preschool

How Much Sensory Stimulation Is Appropriate for an Infant?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 29, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

Sensory stimulation is a powerful tool for helping infants to understand and connect with the world around them. But it’s also important to be mindful of cues from infants to make sure they aren’t overwhelmed by sensory-rich experiences. So, how much sensory stimulation is appropriate for an infant?

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Topics: Child Development, Infant Care

Why Are Science Experiments Important for Preschoolers?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 08, 2023 @ 12:53 PM

Kids are naturally curious, and science experiments are a useful way to foster this trait in children as young as preschoolers—and that’s just one of their many benefits.

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Topics: Child Development, Learning, Preschool

Daycare Services for Infants: What a Well-Rounded Program Looks Like

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 04, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

As a parent, you want the best life experiences possible for your infant, including in a daycare program. That said, it isn’t always clear what qualities to look for to achieve this goal. 

Fortunately, when it comes to choosing daycare services for infants, we can provide guidance.

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Topics: Child Development, Infant Care

Encourage Toddler Language Development with These 5 Activities

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 27, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

The toddler stage is a key time for children to expand their vocabulary, string words together, and start to verbally ask for objects. As they grow in their ability to communicate, this enhances their ability to learn—and there are fun activities that can help them advance in the crucial toddler language development stage.

Check out these five simple yet effective strategies. 

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Topics: Child Development, Toddler Care

How Do Infants Develop Socially? (And How Daycare Can Help)

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 20, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

In their first year of life, infants are building plenty of connections with their caregivers, bonding with them as they learn about their world. As Scholastic.com explains, when babies are nurtured and loved by trustworthy caregivers throughout this stage of life, they will build a sense of security that allows them to explore the world.

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Topics: Child Development, Infant Care

When Is the Right Time To Enroll in Preschool?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 26, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

When your child reaches toddler age, you may start thinking about where to send them to preschool — and it’s also important to consider when is the right time to enroll. Some children, for example, start at the age of three while others wait until they’re four. 

Which is best? Well, there’s no magic number to rely upon, so it’s important to use your child’s development to determine if they have the foundational skills needed to enter preschool — physically, emotionally, and socially — or if, instead, it’s better to give them additional time before enrollment.  

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Topics: Child Development, Preschool

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