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Toddler Developmental Stages Keep Parents on Their Toes

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

Children can seem to race through their toddler years, and the speed of their growth and skill development between 18 and 36 months can leave parents panting to keep up.

Overall, toddlers learn by playing and need both structured and unstructured play to learn, practice and master new skills. The mastery of each new skill allows the child to progress to the next level of development, going through a number of developmental stages on their way to becoming accomplished 4-year-old children.

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Topics: Toddler Care

The Importance of Play in Your Toddler’s Development

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 30, 2020 @ 07:15 PM

When your child is at child care, it may look like he’s just playing; but he’s actually hard at work. Toddlers learn by playing. Play helps your toddler develop the muscle control, balance and coordination necessary to master gross motor skills like running and pedaling a tricycle. Play also helps your toddler hone the fine motor skills he needs to feed and dress himself. Each new skill your toddler masters prepares him to take the next step in his physical development.

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Topics: Learning, Child Care, Toddler Care

How to Prepare Your Toddler for the First Day of Child Care

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 26, 2020 @ 05:00 PM

Learning is an adventure and a journey we begin the first time we become aware of our surroundings.

According to The Ounce of Prevention Fund, the first three years of a child’s life is especially important as a way to predict future successes — in school and in life. More specifically, they note how “Early experiences that are language-rich and nurturing promote healthy brain development. So finding a high-quality early learning setting is essential for parents who work and seek child care.”

Here are tips to help prepare your toddler for their big day: that first day of child care.

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Topics: 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



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