Understanding Preschool Friendships: 6 Things to Know

Understanding Preschool Friendships: 6 Things to Know

Adapted from Bright Horizons Family Room  Last weekend at my daughter’s soccer game, my almost 4-year-old son sat huddled with a friend under a shared blanket and played trucks together. Minutes later the boys were running around an abandoned baseball field playing pretend baseball. In a blink of an eye, they lost all interest in […]

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All About Conscious Discipline

All About Conscious Discipline

All About Conscious Discipline – Created by Dr. Becky Bailey ” Conscious Discipline is an emotional intelligence program where children learn to express their emotions, resolve problems with words, and work with others. It was developed by Dr. Becky Bailey, an author, and early childhood educator. It is designed to create an environment where the […]

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Tips for Teaching Your Child about Personal Safety

Tips for Teaching Your Child about Personal Safety

Tips for Teaching Your Child About Personal Safety – Adapted from Lexi Walters Wright ” When it comes to personal safety, kids with learning and attention issues may be more vulnerable than other kids. So how can you teach your child about “safe” and “unsafe” people? ” 1. Say it early, often and very clearly […]

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Start the New Year Off Right: Resolve to Raise a Reader!

Start the New Year Off Right: Resolve to Raise a Reader!

Start the New Year Off Right: Resolve to Raise a Reader! – Adapted from Reading Rockets ” Many New Year’s resolutions focus on developing healthy habits. Here’s one that is important to make and keep: provide a regular diet of books and reading for your preschooler. You feed and care for your child every day […]

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Cognitive Development in Preschool Children

Cognitive Development in Preschool Children

Adapted from Alexandra Louis During the preschool and kindergarten years, cognitive development is accelerated through play. Play encourages all the important areas of development. It includes social, emotional, physical, communication/language and cognitive development. This refers to learning to question, problem-solve, learn about spatial relationships. In addition, they acquire knowledge through imitation, memory, number sense, classification, […]

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4 Ways to Make Holidays Better for Young Children

4 Ways to Make Holidays Better for Young Children

  Tips for keeping kids happy and able to enjoy the fun Rachel Ehmke; Adapted from Child Mind Institute It’s easy for children to be smitten with the magic of the holidays. Fun presents. Extra sweets. A vacation from school—there’s a lot to like. But with the freedom and excess of the season, sometimes kids can […]

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Simple Ways to Raise Grateful Children

Simple Ways to Raise Grateful Children

You are your child’s most important role model. Therefore, you can be the role model behaviors that will help you raise grateful children. Here are a few ways you can teach your child gratitude during the holidays and throughout the year.

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Toddler Lunch Ideas

Toddler Lunch Ideas

New toddler lunch ideas for sandwiches, wraps, mini-pizzas and more tasty lunch recipes for kids Adapted from Parenting.com by Jennifer Saltiel, Stephanie Eckelkamp, and Kelly Ladd Sanchez Enjoy these yummy and simple recipes for toddler lunch ideas! Honey, Almond Butter & Banana   Spread 2 slices of whole-wheat bread with almond butter or peanut butter. […]

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Mindfulness Practice for Preschoolers Connecting Kids to Nature

Mindfulness Practice for Preschoolers Connecting Kids to Nature

We live in a time when it is all too easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed, and even children are more frequently experiencing these uncomfortable states.

When we teach mindfulness practice to children, we are sharing with them skillful ways of relating to life’s uncomfortable and challenging moments. The earlier we do so in their young lives, the greater the opportunity to help them cultivate resilience as they mature

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Preschool Reading Milestones

Preschool Reading Milestones

During the preschool years, many young children will be able to recite or sing the alphabet. They may begin to recognize familiar letters, especially letters to their own names. Children who have been read to frequently pretend to read books to themselves or to their toys using their own words or phrases from the story.

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