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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: 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

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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Topics: Preschool

Pumpkins for Preschoolers: Games, Songs, Snacks and More

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

If you go to a coffee shop, you’ll see people ordering pumpkin spice drinks — and maybe that’s why you’re there, too. Grocery stores are offering pumpkin-flavored items, ranging from sausages to potato chips, granola and yogurt, ice cream, salads and much more. So we thought we’d share kid-friendly ideas for your children to enjoy the autumn taste of this round orange fruit. (Yes, although you’ll find differing definitions, the Mayo Clinic and other reputable sources say the pumpkin is technically a fruit.)

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Topics: Activities for Children, Preschool

Preschoolers Can Learn and Have Fun with Fall Music

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

For preschoolers, “quality music experiences enhance listening; invite intuitive and steady beat responses; and aid learning of vocabulary, sound and pitch discrimination, emotional responses, creative responses, memory, and many hours of fun for our wee ones.” (Community Playthings)

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Topics: Preschool

Preschooler Crafts: Focusing On the Colors of Fall

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

When you help your child observe and celebrate changes in nature, you’re also teaching him or her science concepts in a fun way. One of the easiest ways to do this: Talk to your child about leaves before autumn color changes occur. What different shapes are they? Are the green colors in the leaves all the same? If not, which ones look more yellow-green? Blue-green?

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Topics: Activities for Children, Preschool

Effective Ways to Deal with Preschool Separation Anxiety

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 05, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

It’s exciting when the day arrives that your child heads off to preschool for the first time. But be aware it’s not unusual if your child experiences separation anxiety. As HealthyChildren.org points out, by the time a child is 3, he or she typically knows you, as the parent, will be affected by his or her pleas not to leave yet. “It doesn’t mean they aren’t stressed,” the article reads, “but they certainly are vying for a change.” So, what do you do?

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Topics: Preschool

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