Parents' Corner

Here Are Some Benefits And Best Practices in Early Literacy

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 05, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Literacy, at its simplest, involves learning sounds and how they connect to make words—and how those words form the basis of language. As children become more literate, they can communicate more effectively and with more confidence. 

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Topics: Skill Building, Learning, Social Interaction

Here Are The Top Summer Camp Tips for Kids and Parents

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 25, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

If your child will attend summer camp for the first time,r switching to a different one this year, he or she may feel a combination of excitement and nervousness. But that’s OK!

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Topics: Skill Building, Summer Camp

Preschool Summer Camp Themes That Are Always a Hit

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 27, 2022 @ 07:00 AM

When preschool camp comes with a theme, this allows the children to learn about a topic or message in multiple ways—and in relatable ways. By varying the theme from year to year, this gives the summer camp a fresh look and feel each year, rather than seeming repetitive—and, no matter what theme is chosen, it should be age-appropriate, positive, and fun. 

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Topics: Skill Building, Summer Camp

Self-Esteem Begins to Develop During the Toddler Years

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 09, 2022 @ 06:00 PM

When young children start to get a sense of self-esteem, it helps them to continue to learn and
grow. Experts define this trait as liking yourself and having confidence when trying new
things—and, when a child succeeds and feels a sense of accomplishment, this can build a
healthy sense of self-confidence.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Skill Building

What Parents Can Do to Reinforce Their Child’s Math Skills

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 08, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

“On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of learning in math over the summer.” (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

This statement was made before teachers and parents needed to deal with the impact of COVID-19 and the modifications that needed to be made for students to safely learn during the unprecedented 2020-2021 school year.

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Topics: Skill Building

Helping Your Child Get Organized

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 17, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

As the start of school approaches, parents are looking for ways to help their children succeed — and making it easier for them to get organized can be a big plus. This post will share practical tips from a range of experts.

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Topics: Skill Building

Fun Activities to increase Your Child’s Math IQ

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 24, 2021 @ 06:00 PM

“Mathematics is the music of reason.” (James Joseph Sylvester)

You want your child to do well in school — and a focus on building math readiness skills can go a long way toward their academic success. As one researcher put it, “school math achievement is a good predictor of whether students in P–12 education stay on track toward two-year or four-year college education.”

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Topics: Skill Building

The Best Toys for Your Children This Year

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 16, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

As the holiday season approaches, parents all across the country are looking for the best toys to buy their kids. Here are some great gift recommendations to consider, broken out by age.

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Topics: Skill Building

8 Summer Activities that Build Gross Motor Skills

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 09:48 AM

We’ve been talking about activities that help toddlers and preschoolers develop gross motor skills by exercising the large muscles in the legs, arms and trunk.  Today, we continue our list of summer games that parents can play with their children to encourage gross motor skill development:


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Topics: Skill Building, Horizon Education Center, Summer Camp, Afterschool

How to Keep Your Child Safe During the Summer

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Summertime can be children’s favorite time of the year, with fun outdoor activities ready to enjoy. This season also poses risks, however, so it’s important to be aware of them to help keep your child safe during the summer.

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Topics: Safety Tips, Skill Building

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