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Parents' Corner

Children Need Guidance in Using Technology

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 20, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

Whether your child is learning from home or at school, sifting through the vast amount of technology available to assist them can be overwhelming. Here, we’ll take a look at some common educational apps and technologies that schools employ and how you can help your child use them.

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Topics: Learning

Fun and Fast Homework Tips for Your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 25, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

Do your kids groan and complain when you remind them it’s time to do their homework? If you’re tired of their grumblings, you’re not alone—and finding the right solution can feel even more difficult this school year during COVID when your children’s friends may not be holding in-person study groups like they once did.

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Topics: Learning

The Importance of Play in Your Toddler’s Development

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 30, 2020 @ 07:15 PM

When your child is at child care, it may look like he’s just playing; but he’s actually hard at work. Toddlers learn by playing. Play helps your toddler develop the muscle control, balance and coordination necessary to master gross motor skills like running and pedaling a tricycle. Play also helps your toddler hone the fine motor skills he needs to feed and dress himself. Each new skill your toddler masters prepares him to take the next step in his physical development.

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Topics: Learning, Child Care, Toddler Care

8 Fun Ways to Pass the Time at Home with Your Children

Posted by David Smith on Thu, Mar 26, 2020 @ 08:30 PM

The coronavirus has closed schools and many businesses across Ohio, and with the stay-at-home order from the Ohio Department of Health, you might find yourself and your children feeling even more cooped up than before. Since you can’t go out, what can you do? Here are a few simple and fun — and educational — ways to pass the time at home with your children.

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Topics: Learning

Resources for Learning at Home

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Mar 23, 2020 @ 01:45 PM

With children unable to go to school right now, we’ve put together a list of resources families can use to keep their students and young children engaged in educational activities.

Here are some links and ideas for families organized by type of activity:

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Topics: Learning

The Importance of a Summer Reading Program

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 30, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

Have you ever heard of summer learning loss, also known as the ‘Summer Slide'? Summer reading is extremely important for students and their educational achievement.  According to the U.S. Department of Education, summer reading helps advance children’s language skills. Summer reading is critical for students to retain knowledge and skills learned in the previous school year. Students who don't read are at risk of falling behind their classmates.

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Topics: Learning, Summer Camp

6 Tips to Help Your Child with Homework

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

“Children need to know that their family members think homework is important. If they know their families care, children have a good reason to complete assignments and to turn them in on time. You can do many things to show that your child that you value education and homework.” —U.S. Department of Education

How exactly do you convey to your child that homework is important? Here are six tips to help your child with homework.

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Topics: Learning, Afterschool

3 Ways to Help Your Child with Kindergarten Readiness

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

In the past 50 years, kindergarten has moved well beyond block building and naptime. Today, children are expected to hit the ground running on their first day of kindergarten. This doesn’t mean that kindergarten teachers expect their students to arrive knowing how to read and add, but it does mean that kindergarteners are expected to have obtained certain prerequisite skills that will allow them to succeed in school.

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Topics: Kindergarten, Learning, Toddler Care

Preparing Your Child for Preschool: Ready for Lifelong Learning

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 01, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Perhaps your child will be going to preschool soon. If so, that can be a very exciting time — and effectively preparing your child for preschool can make the transition much smoother. The most important tip we can give is to make the preparation fun! Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Education has recommended plenty of ways to prepare your child.

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Topics: Learning, Preschool

Teaching Preschoolers NOT to Share — Germs, That Is

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

As parents, you probably spend plenty of time teaching your young child to share. After all, “Sharing teaches children about compromise. They learn that if we give a little to others, we can get some of what we want as well. Children who share also learn how to take turns and negotiate, and how to cope with disappointment. These are all really important life skills.”

Those are good reasons, indeed, to teach your child to share. So, can you really blame your preschooler if, as he starts to give his sister a sip from his juice box, he’s confused when you stop him? How can you possibly explain the difference between good sharing and the type that spreads colds and other illnesses? Here are tips for teaching preschoolers about germs— and you can even make it fun!

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Topics: Learning, Preschool, Health Tips

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