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Parent COVID-19 Q&A: Addressing Concerns for Reopening

Posted by David Smith on Thu, May 07, 2020 @ 02:15 PM

Horizon Education Centers sent out a survey recently to its families to better understand their concerns regarding COVID-19. Part of the survey included a section for questions families have about when the centers reopen. We have put these questions together to help our families make this process easier. The questions and answers are below.

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Topics: Horizon Education Center, Child Care, Summer Camp, Toddler Care

6 Potty Training Tips You Might be Overlooking

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

If you’ve read about potty training, talked to friends with young children and are still seeking additional help, here are six potty training tips you may be overlooking.

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Topics: Toddler Care

4 Ways to Encourage Language Development in Toddlers

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Language use begins to blossom when a child is a toddler, and there are plenty of ways to encourage your child. Here are four of them.

Understand Typical Toddler Milestones

When you understand what’s typical for the toddler stage, you can:

  • Manage your own expectations, not expecting too much, too soon
  • Appropriately challenge your child’s language development
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Topics: Toddler Care

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, Learning, Toddler Care

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 Care

Toddler Mud Day for Sensory Play

Posted by Savannah Heck on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Mix mud, water, add toddlers and what do you get? A fantastic, sensory-filled experience that your child will love. At North Olmsted Horizon Education Center, the toddler Mud Day is always a great time for the kids.

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Topics: Summer Camp, Toddler Care

Humor: Helping Preschoolers Learn

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Question: Why is six afraid of seven?
Answer: Because seven “ate” nine!

Question: What did the sea say to the sand?
Answer: Nothing. It just waved!

Question: Why did the boy throw his watch out the window?
Answer: He wanted to see time fly!

Although YOU may not find these riddles side-splittingly funny, it’s likely that your preschooler will laugh out loud at the answers – and may want to ask you these riddles over and over again.

It’s important, though, to encourage the development of humor in your preschooler. Here’s more about why.

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Topics: Preschool, Toddler Care

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 Care

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: Reading, Skill Building, Toddler Care

Ten Educational Gift Ideas for Children this Holiday

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Whether you’re shopping for toddlers or for 12 year olds on the brink of becoming teenagers, Horizon Education Center has recommendations for gifts that are both fun and educational. Happy shopping!

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Topics: Learning, Preschool, Toddler Care

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