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Child Development: Music and Children

August 25, 2015  |  Categories: Behavior, Child Development, General Child Care, Parent Resources, Preschool Preparedness, Quick Tips

For your entire life, you’ve probably been bombarded by the positive effects of music in your life.  Maybe in middle school, you conducted the classic music and plant experiment. You know the one: set up your plants next to various pieces by Mozart and Bach and see which one grows the fastest.  Or perhaps you…

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Child Development: Learning Languages

July 28, 2015  |  Categories: Child Development, General Child Care

Hola! Ciao! Salut! Ni Hao! Shalom! How many different languages can you say “hello” in?  What about other words?  Can you get through a Spanish conversation or ask for directions in Italian?  While these skills may seem funny or unnecessary to you, they are becoming increasingly important for your children’s development.  Learning other languages will…

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Will Shoes Help My Baby Walk?

January 13, 2015  |  Categories: Child Development, Quick Tips

It would make sense that a little extra support and a nice flat sole would help your baby master the art of walking. In fact for years and years pediatricians advised parents to buy their babies stiff, hightop shoes to help them gain balance and stability. Yet in recent history, medical research has shown that…

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The Importance of Pretend

September 12, 2014  |  Categories: Child Development, General Child Care

A lot of teachers and parents are aware that playing is a crucial part of early childhood learning. What you may not know is that playing can be broken into different types, and each type supports a different type of learning. Pretend play, which is also sometimes called dramatic play, has been singled out as…

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How To Deal With Biting In Day Care

March 5, 2014  |  Categories: Behavior, Child Development

The last thing a parent wants to hear when they pick up their child from childcare is that they have bit one of their friends. It is hard to imagine that your sweet little one has bit another child and left a mark. Often parents say that they can’t believe this because they don’t do…

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Redefining Playtime

January 23, 2014  |  Categories: Child Development, General Child Care

    A large and impacting part of a child’s cognitive growth is playtime, and that includes toys.  As a little girl, I had dolls, carriages, and other pink or frilly items always within my grasp.  Occasionally I’d have a set of building blocks.  Most of the time though, my selection was limited to toys…

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Why on Earth Do Preschoolers Bite?

January 16, 2014  |  Categories: Behavior, Child Development

If preschool was broadcast on TV, here’s a conversation we’d hear a lot from the announcers: “There he is, Marv, Tommy’s making his move.” “I see him, Jim, he’s heading over toward Bobby.” “He’s got his teeth bared, Marv – it looks like he’s going in for a bite.” “Bobby doesn’t seem to notice him;…

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