Parents' Corner

Keeping Your Preschooler Healthy This Winter

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 19, 2022 @ 06:30 PM

“This winter, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the globe, staying healthy (and keeping your immune system in tip-top shape) is of paramount importance.” (Parents.com)

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Topics: Preschool

Tips for Choosing a Child Care Center or a Preschool for Your Child

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 27, 2021 @ 06:30 PM

There are so many child care and preschool options available today that parents can feel overwhelmed when it comes time to make a choice for their child. Location and cost will certainly play a role in a parent’s decision-making process but should not take precedence over the quality of the care and the programming provided.

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Topics: Preschool

Horizon Families: Join Us for Family Nights In September!

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Aug 30, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

One of the best ways for you and your child to connect with Horizon Education Centers is by attending Family Night.

Family nights are designed to not only provide you with the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, but it also gives you the chance to see what your child's daily routine will be like, meet your child's friends and more.

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Topics: Child Care, Preschool, Toddler Care

Program Spotlight: Universal Pre-K

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 11, 2021 @ 06:30 PM

What is universal pre-k?

If you aren’t sure, you’re not alone. Although it’s widely in use in numerous other countries, only a few states in the United States offer it right now — and the short answer is that it’s publicly funded, high-quality preschool that is made available to all children, regardless of family income. Right now, many states have pre-k programs that are government-funded, but they’re based on income — and so universal pre-k would expand what’s now available.

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Topics: Preschool

Screen Time for Preschoolers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 02, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

From smartphones to tablets and from laptop and desktop computers, gaming systems, and television sets, we’re surrounded daily by screens. Fortunately, these devices offer plenty of benefits. They’re a way to connect with other people, learn new information, and be entertained.From smartphones to tablets and from laptop and desktop computers, gaming systems, and television sets, we’re surrounded daily by screens. Fortunately, these devices offer plenty of benefits. They’re a way to connect with other people, learn new information, and be entertained.

But what’s the ideal amount of screen time for preschoolers? How much is too much, preventing these young children from engaging in physical activity that helps to keep them healthy?

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Topics: Preschool

Indoor Gross Motor Activities for a Winter Day

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 10, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

During the wintertime, preschoolers can feel pretty cooped up. Because there will likely be times when outdoor activity isn’t possible during this season, it’s important to have physical indoor activities to help keep your preschoolers busy. These include ones that capitalize on gross motor skills — those activities that cause your children to use large muscles and whole-body movements.

To help, here is more information about the stages of gross motor skill development and suggestions from three websites about gross motor activities that are appropriate for your preschooler.

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Topics: Activities for Children, Preschool

Do Children Really Need Preschool?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 30, 2020 @ 06:00 PM

Early childhood education options like preschool provide a safe, nurturing, educational and social environment for children. While preschool is not required as part of your child’s education, sending them to a highly rated preschool program can have benefits that stretch far beyond the classroom. Here’s what you should know if you’re wondering: Do children really need preschool?

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Why Preschool Class Size Matters

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

“Students who attend high-quality preschool programs reap benefits that can last through school and their lives, according to a review of research.” (Learning Policy Institute, 2019)

Optimizing the size of a preschool class can play a key role in the quality of the program. That has long been true, but appropriately managing preschool class size is more important during COVID-19 than ever before to create a safe environment where children can learn, socialize and grow. In response, the state of Ohio temporarily modified the teacher-student ratio, but that has since been returned to normal.

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Preparing Your Child for Preschool

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 12, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

After you’ve chosen the right preschool for your child, you can rest easy knowing that they will be in the hands of trained caregivers and educators. Before that day comes, though, parents can do plenty to prepare kids to enjoy and grow in the preschool environment—on Day 1 and beyond.

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Topics: Preschool

Disciplining Kids: Common Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 10, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

The Cleveland Clinic calls discipline a “key parenting skill” and offers five tips on how to master this skill. The first is to NOT view discipline as punishment. The first is “far more effective” than the second, but it does require more work. Disciplining kids, the article shares, involves teaching self-control and restraint whereas punishment is a “direct, pointed penalty or loss of privilege that serves as retribution.” StockSnap_93BIRH8NFG.jpg

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Topics: Preschool

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