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Teaching Your Preschooler: Counting to Ten

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

The number ten is the basis of most counting systems throughout history, most likely because we have ten fingers. Because of that, young children are often taught how to count in groups of ten. To help your preschooler learn how to count, some of the most effective tools are:

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Topics: Child Development, Preschool

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 Development, Learning

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 Development, Skill Building

Tech Tips for Tweens: Set Healthy Limits on Digital Screen Use

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

How many hours a day does your tween spend texting, tweeting, gaming and cruising Facebook? With all the media options available today, a Kaiser Family Foundation study found many children ages 8-18 are spending nearly 7.5 hours a day immersed in digital media. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends only 1 to 2 hours of media use for children, tweens and teens and recommends avoiding media exposure for children under age 2.

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Topics: Child Development, Learning, Tech Tips

How to Teach Your Children Empathy and Kindness

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Helping your children develop the social-emotional skills of empathy and kindness are essential to helping them become successful adults. Child development techniques that help children understand how their behavior affects others offer a life-long payback, helping children realize they are not the only person in the world and giving them greater insight into the perspectives of others.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Social Interaction

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 Behavior, Child Development, Toddler Care

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: Child Development, Toddler Care

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: Child Development, Toddler Care, Tech Tips

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, Skill Building, Learning

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, Skill Building

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