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Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

With kindergarten registration comes the question of whether your child is ready for school. Most children are ready and should enter kindergarten with their chronologically aged peers, but sometimes a child is not quite ready and may need to wait another year. Late birthdays are always factors to consider. It is hard to see into [...]

Boxes for Creative Play

Boxes for Creative Play

Boxes are wonderful ways to assist in creative play by springing your child’s imagination, which will enhance more complex play schemes. Become An Animal: This simple box horse can be modified to become any animal your child might want to become. Supplies: Large cardboard box, scissors, markers/temper paints, yarn, masking tape, wide cloth ribbon/strips of [...]

Easter Activities for Fine Motor Skill Development

Easter Activities for Fine Motor Skill Development

Easter Fun Activities To Build Fine Motor Skills Bubble Wrap Easter Eggs You Need: paper paint paintbrushes bubble wrap scissors Directions: – Cut the bubble wrap into squares. – Paint the squares of bubble wrap using paintbrushes. They will need to hold the square of bubble wrap to paint it, in much the same way [...]

Sensory Activities for Easter

Sensory Activities for Easter

Peeps Play Dough is squishy in texture, which makes it the perfect Easter sensory activity. To make Peeps Play Dough you need: 5 Peeps 3+ tbsp. of corn starch 1 & 1/2 tsp of cooking oil Optional:  Food coloring Instructions: – Combine ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat around 30 seconds or until they [...]

Springtime Fun with the Kids

Springtime Fun with the Kids

Even though Spring does not officially arrive until the Spring Equinox on March 20th, I always consider March a Spring month. Spring means sunshine, wind, tulips, windmills, and kites. It is the time for flying kites. Three kite designs to purchase in stores are: ⦁ The Sode kite: Known as the Kimono kite, for its [...]

Music in Schools

Music in Schools

Children benefit from music in schools. There is a compelling amount of research connecting music to higher order brain function, among other positive outcomes, as outlined below. With this in mind, you may want to lobby for more music in your child’s school. It is equally important to access programs that are now in place, [...]

Valentines Activities to Increase Fine Motor Skills

Valentines Activities to Increase Fine Motor Skills

I. Valentine Hearts Fine Motor Lacing Supplies: Colored Felt (red, white and black) Fabric Scissors Googly Eyes Yarn Masking Tape Hot Glue Gun Directions (For one child): – Fold felt in half and cut out half of a heart. – Cut out three hearts of various sizes in each of the three colors. – Fold [...]

Social Maturity

Social Maturity

Do you ever wonder why some preteens and teens seem so immature, making bad choices in their daily lives? And there will always be the child that seems to “have it together” even in those turbulent years. There are many things that garners confidence in a child, but the one we will discuss today is [...]

Restless Snowy Days

Restless Snowy Days

As we push into the end of January, it seems likely that at least a bit more snow is going to come our way. Snow days do not have to be restless mornings and afternoons spent locked indoors. There are many different and fun ways to pass the hours. Whether you’re a parent staying home [...]

Cold Winter Days and Gross Motor Development

Cold Winter Days and Gross Motor Development

When snowy and cold winter days invade our world, we are forced to stay indoors way too often. As parents, grandparents and caregivers, these are days we most dread. Children grow new behaviors as a supplement for exercise and outdoor activities. Not only are they bored, their brains are not getting the benefits that exercise [...]

Puzzles for Christmas

Puzzles for Christmas

“Puzzles for Christmas” should be a chant heard around the world. Every child should wake up Christmas morning to find puzzles under the tree. In fact, my children would have been disappointed if Santa had not left puzzles under their tree, which he did each year until they left home. You might ask why puzzles [...]

Santa

Santa

Should you teach your child to believe in Santa? Nickelodeon Parents Connect asked in a poll, “Do you let your kids believe in Santa Claus?” 65% answered, “Of course! It’s a magical part of childhood. What’s the harm?” 13% answered, “No. I think Christmas should be about Jesus, not Santa.” 10% answered, “Yes, although I’m [...]

Holidays and Traditions

Holidays and Traditions

With the holiday season beginning, I thought it would be timely to repeat an earlier article about the importance of establishing family traditions. What are family traditions and why are they so important in a child’s life? Family traditions are rituals or routines with meaning. They are repetitive, create a sense of belonging, and children [...]

Black Friday and Children

Black Friday and Children

With Black Friday a few days away, I felt it was a good time to share an earlier article on purchasing appropriate toys. When selecting toys for your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, etc., there are a few things to keep in mind. Before buying consider these questions. Is the toy age appropriate? Always consider the [...]

Physical Readiness for School

Physical Readiness for School

Concerns about physical readiness for school are growing. Teachers and occupational therapists say an increasing number of children are entering school without fine motor skills. They are showing up for kindergarten without the fine motor skills needed to grip large crayons, hold their paper to color, or cut and glue shapes. It is estimated that [...]

Tips for a Safe Halloween

Tips for a Safe Halloween

Tips for a safe Halloween from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). ALL DRESSED UP: Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater [...]

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