Parents' Corner

How to Make Overcoming Fears Easier for Children

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 05, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Overcoming fears isn't easy. Especially if you're a kid. One child may fear the dark while another may be scared of heights or loud noises—or even monsters. No matter the specifics, feelings of fear are very real to a child.

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Topics: Child Development, Child Benefits, Social Interaction

Our Talent Is Shining Brightly at Market Square

Posted by Dave Smith on Thu, Jan 26, 2023 @ 01:28 PM

There is a lot happening at Horizon Education Centers’ Market Square location. A new leadership team is taking over and our educators are coming up with some very unique and exciting ways to teach their students.

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Topics: Child Development, Skill Building, Horizon Education Center, Social Interaction

Try These Social Skills Activities For Preschoolers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 30, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

When you think about the best social skills activities for preschoolers, you have to look outside of the box. Unlike adults, a mixer or some type of ‘meet and greet’ just won’t cut it. That’s because kids want to do things and interact with those around them. 

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Topics: Child Development, Preschool, Social Interaction

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

Multi-Purpose Trail Now Open

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 26, 2022 @ 06:30 PM
We're blazing new trails in North Olmsted. Horizon Education Centers held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, November 22nd for its North Olmsted Center’s new multi-purpose trail.   
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Topics: Social Interaction

Social Development Benefits of Summer Camp for Kids

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school.” —Michael Popkin, family therapist and founder of Active Parenting

“The biggest plus of camp is that camps help young people discover and explore their talents, interests and values. Most schools don't satisfy all these needs. Kids who have had these kinds of (camp) experiences end up being healthier and have less problems which concern us all.”Peter Scales, noted author/educator and Senior Fellow, The Search Institute

Both of these quotes come from the American Camp Association, which shares the benefits of summer camp for kids, including social development benefits. To be successful in life, according to the ACA, children must learn to be resilient, and that includes developing self-esteem and self-reliance, life skills and strong social behaviors. Summer camp provides this development because children get to participate in a true community environment. These camps encourage and facilitate healthy development that includes large doses of fun, where children “interact with positive role models who have time to listen, talk, relax, and reflect.”

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Topics: Summer Camp, Social Interaction

The Benefits of Socialization for Children in Daycare

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 @ 12:03 PM

The social skills we learn as children prepare us for adult life. Socialization techniques learned during early play and daycare experiences– sharing, taking turns, forming friendships, playing well with others, problem solving, etc.—form the foundation for later relationships with family members, friends and co-workers.

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Topics: Child Care, Social Interaction

How Unplugging from Technology Benefits Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

A mere 20 years ago, children used to play outside all day, riding bikes, playing sports and building forts. Masters of imaginary games, children of the past created their own form of play that didn't require costly equipment or parental supervision. Children of the past moved a lot, and their sensory world was nature-based and simple. (The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child)

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Topics: Social Interaction, Tech Tips

How to Help Your Shy Preschooler

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Perhaps, when you drop off your preschooler at his or her school, it seems as though every child in the group eagerly begins greeting one another and engaging in play – all, that is, except yours. Yours is the shy child.

Maybe you’re shy yourself and so you don’t want your child to struggle to make friends, or maybe you’re the life of the party and so you can’t understand why your little one isn’t more like you. In either case, it’s important to remember that there is nothing wrong with a child – or anyone else for that matter – because he or she is shy. It’s a personality trait, not a problem.

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Topics: Preschool, Social Interaction

How to Teach Tweens to Embrace Change

Posted by David Smith on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Change can be uncomfortable for anyone. For tweeners who are desperate to fit in with their peers, change is often devastating. They have a hard time recognizing that others are dealing with the same issues that they are.

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Topics: Social Interaction, Afterschool



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