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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

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.” (Parents.com)

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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Topics: Preschool

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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Topics: Preschool

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: Skill Building, Preschool

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

Bringing Winter Indoors for Your Preschooler

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

As much as children love building snowmen, riding on sleds and making snow angels, there will be days when the weather just isn’t outdoor-friendly. So here are tips on bringing winter indoors.

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Topics: Skill Building, Preschool

Teaching Preschoolers Science Through Fun Weather Observations

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 07, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Understanding the concepts of science can be tricky for young children. To help prepare your child for when he or she needs to study science in school, use something that surrounds us every single day: the weather!

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Topics: 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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Topics: 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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