Parents' Corner

Teaching Your Toddler the Ins and Outs of Socializing

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Dec 05, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Whether you're interested in educational programs, after school care, low-income day care, or after school programs, there's one thing each has in common; kids can learn and reap the benefits of sharing, interacting and socializing.

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Topics: Toddler Care, Social Interaction

Getting Your Children to Help Each Other

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Siblings may sometimes be best friends and at other times detest each other. As a parent, it can be frightening and frustrating to watch your kids rave and rant about each other. Thankfully, you don’t have to witness these squabbles and fights for the rest of your life. We, at Horizon Education Centers, have developed a few family tips to instill camaraderie into your family, so that your kids will be more than willing to help out each other.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Horizon Education Center, Family Time, Social Interaction

Tech Tips for Tweens: Monitoring Social Networks and Privacy Settings

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

You keep them safe at home, and we take care of them in our afterschool programs. Yet no matter where they go, kids are surrounded by technology—and that brings both benefits and risks. While the internet powers modern education, we also need to stay aware of how social media affects tweens, who often need help navigating the waters.

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Topics: Horizon Education Center, Social Interaction, Tech Tips, Afterschool

How to Teach Your Children Empathy and Kindness

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Helping your children develop the social-emotional skills of empathy and kindness are essential to helping them become successful adults. Child development techniques that help children understand how their behavior affects others offer a life-long payback, helping children realize they are not the only person in the world and giving them greater insight into the perspectives of others.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Social Interaction

The Benefits of Socialization for Children in Daycare Settings

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Aug 08, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

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: Horizon Education Center, Child Care, Social Interaction

North Olmsted- The End of Bullying Begins with Us!

Posted by Jack Smith on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 @ 09:30 PM

Family Night

The focus of North Olmsted's February family night was anti-bullying. It featured a special not-really-guest-speaker , AJ Long, who focused on the idea that "The End of Bullying Begins with Us." Mr. AJ works with Maple Intermediate School and coordinates the afterschool activities in North Olmsted. He shared some of his experiences at both locations and called for all students to make the promise. “The end of bullying really does begin with us.” he said, “and it will not end until everybody makes this promise.”  

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Topics: Learning, Social Interaction, Afterschool

The Advantages of Head Start Programs

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 @ 08:13 AM

Last month, The Huffington Post reported on a review of Head Start programs that found that "Head Start programs lead to short-term benefits across multiple areas of children's well-being and school readiness…" And of course as great as short-term benefits are, the advisory committee that examined Head Start would like to do more to ensure that these short-term benefits become long-term ones. They would like school readiness to be enhanced and "embrace innovation as a means of reaching said goals in locally individualized ways." If you didn’t know, Head Start is not a one-size-fits-all program; it can be adapted to suit the needs of the area where it is being administered.

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Topics: Learning, Child Care, Social Interaction

New Research Finds Developmental Value in Video Games for Children

Posted by David Smith on Tue, Sep 04, 2012 @ 08:47 AM

Video games have come a long way since your youth when your parents may have taken a dim view of your fascination with Donkey Kong or Space Invaders. For a long time parents seemed to draw a clear distinction between educational, or “good,” video games and entertaining, or “bad,” video games. Seeking to justify your fascination with virtually speeding around a racetrack or annihilating alien spacecraft for hours on end, your parents may have consoled themselves with the thought that at least you were building eye-hand coordination. But most of the time parents – and educators, psychologists and sociologists -- worried that video games were too sedentary, too anti-social, and too violent to be healthy for children.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Skill Building, Activities for Children, Social Interaction

Selecting Video Games for Children

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 @ 07:44 AM

While fear that video game violence may influence children’s behavior dominates the video game debate, parents are also concerned that gaming may stunt creativity or emotional and social growth. Henry Jenkins, MIT Director of Comparative Studies, addresses parents’ concerns in an article on PBS.org, debunking common video game myths. (See below and previous posts.)

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Topics: Child Behavior, Learning, Social Interaction, Tech Tips

Preschool Teaches Children How to Learn

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 @ 09:43 AM

In a video shown at the Children’s Defense Fund conference in Cincinnati this summer, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke came out strongly in favor of early childhood education. (Click here to hear Mr. Bernanke’s address.) The Fed chief focused on the economic benefits that accrue to children that begin their education at an early age, noting that Head Start and quality childcare and preschool programs not only prepare children to succeed academically, they increase their opportunities for economic success. In the video, Mr. Bernanke mentions a study that found that preschoolers who attended a high-quality day care center were more likely to own their own homes by the time they reached their 40s.

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Topics: Learning, Child Care, Preschool, Social Interaction

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