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27Feb2024

So many kids that enter preschool or kindergarten age resist sitting to a book.

And some kids will listen to a book when the adult reads, but won’t pick up a book and look through it alone.

But did you know that by having kids be able to SIT And ATTEND to listen to a story is a key skill to have kids be successful in Kindergarten. And, if they can SIT on their OWN and LOOK through a book, that’s another major win!

But getting them to do one of these things can be difficult. Kids today are so fascinated with videos and screens.

There is a way to get kids to do both. That’s why in this blog I’m going to share a simple way you can use videos to teach this skill.

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15Jan2024

These 6 fun activities don’t just teach kindness and reading. They fit the fun Valentine’s theme, but you can do them any time of the year!

Children aren’t born with all the empathy skills we want them to have. We have to give them opportunities throughout their childhood.

Starting when kids are little, they learn watch and mimic others. And when they hit the toddler and preschool years there are so many ways to do small gestures, or fun activities that give them the life long skills we want.

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24Nov2023

Don’t get overwhelmed by where to start or what to teach toddler or preschool kids.

Children do not learn skills in isolation, or by subject.

Rather, they are naturally born curious and learn through a whole child hands-on approach.

This means that you can think about experiences that address the developmental domains.

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3Oct2023

Taking your child outside for daily walks and gross motor play is a vital part of their overall health and development – and it’s great for learning letters.

Did you know that exercise from physical activity increases oxygen and blood flow to the brain? 

This makes it an optimal time to have your child’s full attention and interest for learning a new skill. 

This shared activity with a common “goal” is also a great opportunity to connect and accomplish the search together.

Use the steps below during daily walks to incorporate academic concepts such as letter recognition and pre-writing strokes (horizontal/vertical lines, X, circles, +)

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4Sep2023

Did you know you’re already incorporating science time during bathtime?

Toddler and preschool science concepts include introduction to the scientific process and investigation of material properties or characteristics.

Finding ways to incorporate these ideas in your everyday routine can encourage an investigative and curious scientific spirit in your child.

Bathtime is an easy and simple way to include science everyday and makes for very easy clean up!

Try out these simple experiments during your next bathtime:

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29Jul2023

Setting child-sized goals are easier than you think!

Many people set new year goals for themselves, but have you ever thought about the goals you set for your child and how to help meet the goal?

Is it to clean their toys? Or to be a better listener? Or maybe it’s to get them ready for school?

Or maybe on the flip side you want them to stop doing something rather than start doing something?

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13Jul2023

It’s probably not what you think… getting ready for school is easier than you thought!

A friend asked me what she can do this summer to get her three-year-old ready for school this fall.

It made me realize that this is probably a question on many moms minds – how do I get my kid ready for school? 

So if you want to get your three-year-old ready to go to preschool, here are three main things that you have to consider:

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25Jun2023

Colder temperatures give opportunity for a preschool favorite: ice sensory play!

Believe it or not, ice sensory play provides many opportunities for learning and is easy for busy parents.

Setting preschoolers up with their ice exploration challenge allows them to make predictions, explore the properties of water, and problem solve ways to use their tools to free their objects… all critical thinking skills!

It can be chipping away ice chunks to rescue animals or using warm water to melt ice and uncover letters! Ice sensory play keeps preschoolers engaged for long periods of time because it allows for open exploration.

Additionally, their use of tools to chip and melt builds small muscle hand strength needed for tasks such as writing and zipping and like most sensory play, preschool concepts and themes of interest are easily incorporated!

Here is how to get you and your preschooler started on a chilly new way to learn:

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5Jun2023

Summer is supposed to be fun!

If summer is supposed to be fun, then you want to have SIMPLE easy ideas to keep kids busy that don’t add more work on you.

Let’s face it. Every day you already have so much work to do, so why add more?

A summer activity calendar can help outline ideas to keep kids busy.

We all want kids to play independently, and that’s why simple activities that bring in a variety of open-ended play with time to bond and connect will foster those skills.

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