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Simple Tips to Help Your Child Do Better in School

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 01, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

If you could do only one thing to help your child do better in school, the U.S. Department of Education says that would be the following: Encourage your child to read. When he or she learns how to read, it will help in all subject areas throughout the years of school, and also will help your child become a lifelong learner.

Encouraging your child to read comes in many forms. When a child is still a baby, it’s typically appropriate to read to him or her several times a day for a few minutes at a time. As the child ages, he or she probably will indicate when it’s time for storytime to last longer. When your child become verbal, encourage questions. Talk about the story together, and consider pausing your reading at certain points, inviting your child to predict what might happen next. When your child is ready, ask him or her to read out loud to you.

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Topics: preschool

How to Get Your Child to Give Up the Pacifier

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 @ 04:19 PM

When your child was a baby, perhaps he or she was comforted by a pacifier, and that felt like a lifesaver. But now that he or she is an active toddler — or perhaps even preparing to enter preschool — your doctor may be telling you it’s time to give up the pacifier. For plenty of parents, that's way easier said than done, so here are tips to help make that happen.

One piece of advice from is especially important: don’t despair. There are many strategies to try, and it’s unlikely that you’ve exhausted the possibilities. Some children actually respond best to a cold turkey approach, one where you simply remove the pacifier from your child’s reach and don’t return it. This can be challenging, early on, but usually within a week or two, your child will have adjusted.

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Topics: preschool

Should I Send My Child to Preschool?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“There's increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool,” says Parents advisor Kathleen McCartney, PhD, dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education. “At preschool, they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes. And, more important, they learn how to socialize — get along with other children, share, contribute to circle time.” (

Unlike kindergarten, preschool attendance isn't mandatory, but an ever-growing body of evidence shows that preschool is highly beneficial for children.

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What is Math Readiness?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 01:26 PM

When your child starts preschool — and then kindergarten and then elementary school — he or she should have certain skills to get the most out of his or her education. Here are strategies to use at home to help make sure your child is math ready. 

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Topics: kindergarten, preschool

Getting Your Child Prepared for Preschool: Daily Routines

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

One of the best ways to get your child prepared for preschool, according to the U.S. Department of Education, is to “Provide nutritious foods, safe places to play, regular medical care and a regular sleep schedule.” By doing all of these things, your preschooler will be rested, able to pay closer attention and otherwise get the most out of his or her preschool experience.

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Getting Your Child Prepared for Preschool: Readiness Activities

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

Picture yourself walking into a social or work event, and you don’t know anyone else there. How do you feel? You might see it as an exciting opportunity to meet new people — or you could feel pretty nervous. No two adults would react in exactly the same way, and preschoolers are the same.

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Topics: preschool, preschool education, preparing your child

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

Boosting Your Preschooler’s Early Writing Skills

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

Reading is fundamental for your child’s success in school — and then throughout life. Writing well is also a foundation-level skill that will fuel success, and here are tips to help your preschooler advance from early writing skills such as letters and numbers to more advanced skills.

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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: preschool, preventing sickness,, teaching preschoolers about germs

Preschooler Personalities: Bringing Out the Best in Your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

In February 2008, a study published in the Journal of Personality suggested that personality traits displayed by preschoolers are a good predictor of their adult personalities. This study found three personality types:

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