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Teaching the Value of Respect Using the Holidays

Teaching the Value of Respect Using the Holidays

The 4th of July offers a great venue to teach your child to respect their country and the symbols that represent it to us. Explain to your child what makes America so special, and how we show our gratitude for the privilege of living within her borders. Look at an American flag together, pointing out [...]

“A Child’s Work Is Play”

“A Child’s Work Is Play”

“A child’s work is his/her play.” As parents, grandparents and caregivers, we strive to create opportunities for our child to meet his/her maximum potential. To this end, assist your child in creative play, as the more creative the play, the greater the intellectual growth. Encourage creative play through “play schemes.” “Play schemes” are defined as [...]

A Separate View

A Separate View

At what point in early childhood will your child begin to view himself/herself as separate from Mom and Dad, and is it natural?  Yes, it is not only natural, but a desired social and emotional development, and you can help guide the new found independence.  Your child’s growing independence from the family and interest in [...]

Rewards or Consequences

Rewards or Consequences

Should children be rewarded for good behavior? Positive reinforcement is one method employed to gain positive behavior. Rewards can have positive outcomes. Complements are always good extrinsic rewards, but rewards for good behavior cannot keep pace with your child’s changing wants. This system almost never works with middle school and high school aged children. When [...]

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 [...]

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