Parents' Corner

What Are The Benefits Of Routine for Children?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 21, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

The benefits of routine for children are significant.  A routine can create a sense of familiarity, which in turn can allow a child to feel more confident at home, in childcare settings, and in school. Consistency in a schedule can be especially important during more challenging times in a child’s life, but it also offers a sense of security even during more ordinary days. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Child Benefits

Here's Your 2022 Back-To-School Guide For Parents (And Kids)

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Aug 24, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

From getting back into a school year schedule to buying school supplies and more, there’s plenty to do to return to fall routines. So, we put together a little back-to-school guide to help. And the best news is that there are only three things to focus on in our guide!

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Horizon Education Center, Back-to-School Tips

Spelling Help: Tips for Teaching Your Child How to Spell

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 10, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Traditionally, many people considered the three core subjects for elementary school-aged children to be reading, writing, and arithmetic—and, while all three are clearly important, to read well, children first need to learn the correct way to spell.

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Topics: Child Development, Learning

What Is Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jun 08, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Donna Wittmer and Sandy Peterson authored a landmark book on the subject. Titled Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning: A Relationship-Based Approach, the book provides an in-depth look at this topic. You can access a fifty-page preview at PearsonHigherEd.com, and here are just a few highlights:

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Topics: Child Development, Infant Care

Child Development Watch: Encouraging Their Natural Gifts

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 18, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Before we delve into strategies to consider, here’s a question to ponder: are children’s gifts and talents the result of nature—something they’re born with—or nurture, something that parents and teachers can help to bring out and flourish?

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Topics: Child Development, Child Benefits

Activities That Help Young Children Develop Gross Motor Skills

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 04, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Gross motor movements involve the use of large groups of muscles to help children walk, run, jump, skip, kick, and more. As children develop, they should become more adept in movements that rely upon gross motor skills—and VeryWellFamily.com offers a series of general benchmarks by age.

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Topics: Child Development, Toddler Care

Should You Send Your Child to Summer Camp?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 20, 2022 @ 06:45 AM

Summer camp comes with plenty of benefits and, to help you decide whether to send your child this year, look at this list. Would you like your child to enjoy these four benefits?

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Topics: Child Development, Summer Camp

How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 13, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

With daylight saving time approaching in early November, we’re considering the importance of sleep for children. While we will be gaining an hour, how much sleep is really needed for children? The answer is that it depends on their age.

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Topics: Child Development

Winning the Bedtime Battle: Why You Child Won’t Go to Sleep

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 22, 2021 @ 06:30 PM

If you’re a parent who struggles to get your child to go to sleep at night, it can help to determine why your child is experiencing insomnia. Because there are multiple reasons why children don’t fall asleep easily, there are also numerous solutions to consider.

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Topics: Child Development

National Grandparents Day: Seven Bonding Activities to Celebrate

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 01, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

Marian McQuade is recognized as the founder of National Grandparents Day. She wanted young people to understand the importance of older adults and their contributions to society. In 1977, congress requested that President Jimmy Carter proclaim the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. President Carter followed through on Aug. 3, 1978, and the day was first celebrated in 1979.

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Topics: Child Development

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