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3 Ways to Help Your Child with Kindergarten Readiness

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

In the past 50 years, kindergarten has moved well beyond block building and naptime. Today, children are expected to hit the ground running on their first day of kindergarten. This doesn’t mean that kindergarten teachers expect their students to arrive knowing how to read and add, but it does mean that kindergarteners are expected to have obtained certain prerequisite skills that will allow them to succeed in school.

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Topics: kindergarten, toddler, learning centers, learning skills, learning, learning process

How Socialization Benefits Toddlers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Your toddler who is rather shy or one who is already the life of any gathering. No matter where your child falls on this spectrum, he or she will benefit from age-appropriate opportunities to socialize. Socialization, in fact, is an important part of your child’s development overall — with social milestones helping your child to “manage personal feelings, understand others' feelings and needs, and interact in a respectful and acceptable way.” Read on to learn how socialization benefits toddlers.

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Topics: toddler, toddler development

What Toddler Potty Training Mistakes are YOU Making?

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Is Junior or Juniorette testing your sanity in the potty training arena? If they are, chances are you are committing one of the 7 deadly sins of potty training:

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Topics: toddler, toddlers, potty training

Reading: The Gift that Keeps On Giving for Toddlers

Posted by David Smith on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

One of the most valuable gifts you can pass on to your toddler doesn't cost you a cent. A love of reading pays immediate intellectual and emotional dividends that continue throughout the years. Books give your child a head start in preparing for school and help them develop social skills by teaching them about the rest of the world.

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Topics: developing skills, reading, toddler, toddler development

Strategies for Picky Preschool Eaters

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Dec 08, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Tired of fighting with your children over what’s for dinner? Preschoolers are notoriously picky eaters. If your pint-size pumpkin is trying to subsist on peanut butter and jelly alone, don’t fret.

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Topics: preschool, toddler, healthy eats

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, social interaction, social activity

Great Preschool Resources and Toddler Social Programs

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

It is important toddlers and preschoolers get out of their comfort zone and learn about the world around them. The only way to do this is by introducing them to various activities and letting them gain experience. When toddlers have prior knowledge, it allows them to excel in future learning activities and also grow socially and emotionally. Having the right education resources allows preschoolers to foster creativity and teamwork and also teaches them social skills, as they engage with other children and adults besides their parents and siblings.

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Topics: preschool, toddler, preschool education

How to Prepare Your Toddler for a First Experience with Daycare

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Oct 06, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Learning is an adventure and a journey that we begin the first time we become aware of our surroundings. When the time comes for your toddler to experience daycare, make the first steps to socialization, communication and sharing with others a positive situation.

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Topics: day care, toddler, day care center

Elyria and Lorain Library Early Literacy Partnership Program

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 @ 08:32 AM

Horizon Education Centers is excited to announce its partnership with the Lorain Public Library System and Elyria Public Library System in an effort to enhance literacy skills in the home.

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Topics: preschool, school age kids, reading, toddler, literacy

When Should Your Toddler Ditch the Sippy Cup?

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 @ 08:30 AM


One of the questions every parent asks is at what age should the sippy cup be replaced with a regular drinking cup. Like most things, there will be a variety of answers based on personal and subjective opinions.

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Topics: toddler care, toddler, toddler development