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Alphabet Recognition Tips for Preschool

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Alphabet recognition is a crucial skill for toddlers and preschoolers to learn, and it serves as the foundation of reading and writing. This post explores the typical developmental curve for alphabet recognition and provides fun, age-appropriate, low-cost ways for your child to master this skill.

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Topics: preschool education

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

Making Learning Fun: Preschoolers and Candy Corn

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

At Horizon Education Centers, we firmly believe that learning can—and should—be fun. We also believe that we’re surrounded by learning adventures every day. Here’s an example using something your preschooler will see on store shelves throughout the fall months and perhaps in your own home: candy corn.

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Topics: preschool education, preschooler

Humor: Helping Preschoolers Learn

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Question: Why is six afraid of seven?
Answer: Because seven “ate” nine!

Question: What did the sea say to the sand?
Answer: Nothing. It just waved!

Question: Why did the boy throw his watch out the window?
Answer: He wanted to see time fly!

Although YOU may not find these riddles side-splittingly funny, it’s likely that your preschooler will laugh out loud at the answers – and may want to ask you these riddles over and over again.

It’s important, though, to encourage the development of humor in your preschooler. Here’s more about why.

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Topics: toddler development, preschool education, preschooler

What Does Ohio’s Common Core Curriculum Mean for YOUR Preschooler?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

You might hear teachers talking about the “Common Core Curriculum” or perhaps you’ve heard it discussed on the evening news. But, what exactly does “Common Core” mean, how will it impact your child’s education – and how does quality child care/preschool contribute to your child’s future potential?

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Topics: preschool education, preschooler, common core curriculum

Teaching Your Preschooler: Counting to Ten

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

The number ten is the basis of most counting systems throughout history, most likely because we have ten fingers. Because of that, young children are often taught how to count in groups of ten. To help your preschooler learn how to count, some of the most effective tools are:

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Topics: child development, preschool, preschool education, preschooler

Cleveland Focuses on Expanding Preschool

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Preschool offers many educational opportunities for children, and it's been proven to be a valuable experience for those who are able to attend. The Cleveland Metropolitan School District recently announced the addition of more preschool seats in the district, which is excellent news for the families in the area.

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Topics: preschool, preschool education, day care, preparing your child

Great Preschool Resources and Toddler Social Programs

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

It is important toddlers and preschoolers get out of their comfort zone and learn about the world around them. The only way to do this is by introducing them to various activities and letting them gain experience. When toddlers have prior knowledge, it allows them to excel in future learning activities and also grow socially and emotionally. Having the right education resources allows preschoolers to foster creativity and teamwork and also teaches them social skills, as they engage with other children and adults besides their parents and siblings.

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Topics: toddler, preschool, preschool education

When Are Children Ready to Play a Musical Instrument?

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 @ 04:26 PM

Learning to play a musical instrument can be a rewarding experience for a child that offers numerous benefits. Learning the intricacies of playing an instrument and reading music enhances self-esteem, improves concentration, teaches self-discipline and boosts brain power. In their ability to make music many children discover a lifetime of fun and pleasure.

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Topics: child development, preschool education, musical instrument introduction

Report Emphasizes Importance of Preschool to Child Development

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 21, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

The critical importance of preschool to child development is emphasized in a recent report from the Carolina Abecedarian Project. “Long-term studies have shown not only academic gains but also gains in social-emotional development and something we call executive functioning skills, which included persistence and self-regulation. These are really important skills for success in college and success later in the career,” Steven Hicks of the Department of Education recently told VOXXI.

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Topics: child development, preschool, preschool education

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