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Tips to Help Your Child With Online Learning

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 23, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

A significant percentage of children will be attending school online this fall, either in full or in part—and, for many of them, this is a brand-new experience. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that parents can do to help their children transition to online learning.

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Topics: Learning

Four Virtual Vacation Spots to Visit with Your Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 13, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

Perhaps your family was planning a vacation over spring break or were at least intending to visit local parks, theaters, museums and other fun locations. But with the spread of COVID-19, plans have been canceled all across the country and around the world. Fortunately, there are excellent virtual vacation destinations that your family can “tour” together.

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Topics: Learning

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

Should Preschoolers Learn a Second Language?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 07, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

An in-depth infographic by Early Childhood Education Zone cites multiple sources that say preschoolers should learn a second language, and lists numerous benefits of doing so. Benefits include (but are not limited to):

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Topics: Learning

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