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Five Toilet Training Readiness Signs for Toddlers

Posted by David Smith on Tue, Sep 02, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Toilet training is a momentous step in a child’s development, but it is a step that should not be rushed. While most children are ready to start potty training sometime between their second and third birthdays, your child may show signs of readiness as early as 18 months or as late as 3-1/2 years.

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Topics: child development, independence, toddlers, toilet training

What's the Best Way to Soothe the Pain of Teething for your Child?

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Even though your baby is developing normally, teething pain can be difficult for both your child and you. Tender gums cause crying and irritability, and the drooling that is associated with teething can cause skin irritation. To ease your child's discomfort, the Mayo Clinic suggests the following:

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Topics: toddler, child development, teething

The Trouble with Technology and Toddlers

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Technology has the power to enrich our children’s lives; but when used without supervision and limits, it may also harm our children. There are real concerns that technology may be interfering not only with our children’s physical development, but also with their mental, emotional and creative development.

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Topics: toddler, child development, technology

Teach Your Child to Help with Chores

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Household chores are usually a child’s first opportunity to contribute to the family and be part of the family team. They are a healthy way to teach children about responsibility, the value of team work and the joy of helping others. Hard to believe that your child will learn all that from emptying a few trash cans, but all worthwhile lessons have to start somewhere.

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Topics: child development, developing skills, teaching discipline

Developmental Assets Profile: Discovering What Kids Need to Succeed

Posted by David Smith on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

At Horizon we care about the development of young people we serve. That’s why Horizon takes part in the Developmental Assets Profile (DAP). The DAP is a tool that measures a student’s internal strengths and external supports and shows their growth over time. It answers questions that give educators insights on how students feel about their families, schools, and communities.

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Topics: child development, developing skills, DAP, developmental assets profile

Create a Kid Spelling Game to Boost Early Literacy

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

English is fraught with spelling pitfalls. Our language contains numerous letter combinations that defy phonetic reason. When a word’s spelling cannot be discovered by sounding it out, we need to teach our children the language tricks that will make them good spellers.

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Topics: child development, early learning, early literacy

Early Education is Key to Development of STEM Skills

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 02, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

What to improve your child’s early learning skills to ensure their future success? Studies show STEM skills are key to supporting your child’s overall academic growth, developing early critical thinking skills, and fueling his or her desire to learn. What are STEM skills?

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Topics: early childhood education, child development, educational tools

Talking to Your Baby Has Big Pay Offs in Your Child's Development

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

Building your child’s early learning skills begins before preschool, possibly even before birth, and the simplest and most effective way to begin is by simply talking to your baby. Evidence suggests talking to your baby is very important, aiding in your child’s development and communication skills. In fact, the more you talk the better.

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Topics: child development, early learning, educational tools

Books and Reading: Their Importance to Early Learning

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Books and reading are essential to child development and early learning. By activating and exercising various areas of the brain, reading to your child at least 20 minutes a day boosts learning development.

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Topics: reading, child development, early learning, developing skills

What to Demand in an Early Learning Center

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Child development in the early years is important. Selecting a quality educational program for your toddler is a crucial decision in providing the foundation your child will need to continue to learn and grow.

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Topics: early childhood education, child development, early learning, early learning center

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