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Reading: The Gift that Keeps On Giving for Toddlers

Posted by David Smith on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

One of the most valuable gifts you can pass on to your toddler doesn't cost you a cent. A love of reading pays immediate intellectual and emotional dividends that continue throughout the years. Books give your child a head start in preparing for school and help them develop social skills by teaching them about the rest of the world.

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Topics: toddler, reading, developing skills, toddler development

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

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

A Divide in Ohio Education Exists: Early Childhood Education Can Help

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

Over the past half century we have come a long way in bridging the racial divide in our country, but a disturbing new education report shows that we still have a long way to go. A national study has revealed huge gaps in reading and math achievement between white and black students in many regions of the country and in all of Ohio’s major cities.

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Topics: early childhood education, developing skills, horizon summer camp, parenting

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

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

5 Easy Early Learning Activities for Your Toddler

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Certain educational programs designed for your toddler can be a little complicated. Early learning tools don’t have to be intricate to be effective, however.

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Topics: kindergarten, early learning, developing skills, early learning center, toddlers development

5 Tips to Help Children Retain What They've Learned over the Summer

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Summer is here and your children's thoughts have turned to bike riding, baseball games and other warm weather fun. Left to their own devices, it won't take long before the information and skills they learned during the year start fading into the background. You can help your children retain what they learned by using these suggestions to disguise educational opportunities as entertainment.

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Topics: early learning, developing skills, summer activities, summer learning activities

When to Be Concerned With a Developmental Delay

Posted by David Smith on Fri, May 23, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

What exactly is developmental delay in toddlers? What can be done about? Is it dangerous? What are the signs my child may display that I should be aware of?

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Topics: child development, developing skills, toddlers development

Tips for Helping Children Adjust to a New Baby

Posted by David Smith on Fri, May 16, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Bringing home a new baby is an exciting and joyous event for parents but can generate mixed emotions and uncertainty in older siblings. It is not unusual for children to worry that they are being replaced or that their parents no longer love them. The attention lavished on a new baby by parents, grandparents and visitors can make siblings feel even further pushed aside.

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Topics: child behavior, child development, developing skills, younger sibling

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