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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

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: fall ideas, preschooler, preschooler crafts

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, preschooler

Power Up Your Preschooler: the Importance of Breakfast

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

A nutritious breakfast fuels up your child with important vitamins and minerals, providing him or her with iron, fiber, calcium and much more. A healthy diet helps your child concentrate in preschool—and then school—and serves as the foundation to building healthy eating habits. When your child doesn’t eat a filling breakfast, he or she will tend to want junk food.

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Topics: healthy eats, preschooler

Inexpensive Ways to Have Bubble Fun with Preschoolers!

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

If you’re looking for fun and inexpensive outdoor play that virtually every preschooler will love, bubbles are your friend. You can buy bubbles and a wand for cents, rather than dollars, or even make your own. Here are more ways to have fun with bubbles.

Homemade Bubbles

BabySavers.com offers not one, not two—but SEVEN easy recipes for making homemade bubbles. At its simplest, bubbles consist of 1 cup of water for every tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Mix together gently, and voila! For added stickiness, see the deluxe recipe that also includes sugar; for added color, see the food coloring-enhanced recipe (strictly enforce the outdoor-only aspect). You can also use the types of jugs intended to dispense juice as a bubble refill station, complete with extra solution.

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Topics: preschooler

Talking About Current Events With Your Preschooler

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Scary events happen around the world on a regular basis. And with today’s 24/7 news channels and fast Internet access, it’s easy to feel surrounded by tragedies—and it’s virtually impossible to shield your preschooler from hearing at least some of the reporting. To add to the challenge, preschoolers can mix up fact with fantasy or struggle to put events into perspective, which can cause even a relatively mild news story to frighten your child.

News stories are broadcast about countries that are geographically far, but your child won’t yet understand that. PBS provides an example, saying that telling your preschooler that a war is happening “far away” may not reassure him or her. After all, the article points out, your child may perceive “far away” as the “mailbox on the corner, the post office a few blocks away, or Grandma's house in the next town!” This can lead to your child having nightmares or otherwise suffering from anxiety. He or she may become clingy, not wanting to separate from you.

What should you do?

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Topics: preschooler

Preschoolers and Money: How to Introduce Concepts

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 02, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

I want . . .

Parents often hear these words from their young children, perhaps after they saw a shiny new toy on a commercial, as they’re walking down the cereal aisle in the grocery store or after a classmate got a cool new outfit.

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Topics: preschooler, learning activities

Why Your Preschooler’s Boredom May Be a Good Thing

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

But Mom ... I’m bored!

These words can be frustrating to hear—and children can say them more often when they are feeling cooped up in the wintertime. What do those words really mean, though, and how can parents effectively deal with a case of preschooler boredom?

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Topics: child activities, preschooler

Celebrating Valentine’s Day With Your Preschooler

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 03, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Preschoolers love holidays! Here are fun ways to prepare for Valentine’s Day with your child.

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Topics: preschooler, learning activities

Making Learning Fun: Groundhog Day

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Celebrating a day that focuses on a groundhog—also known as a woodchuck or whistlepig—is pretty humorous: shivering adults hovering around a hole in the ground in Pennsylvania on Feb. 2 to receive a weather prediction from a rodent. Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? If so, we’ll have six more weeks of ice and snow. No shadow? Spring is on its way!

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Topics: preschooler, learning activities

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