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5 iPad Apps to Promote Toddler Learning

June 5, 2017  |  Categories: Child Development, General Child Care, Parent Resources
IPad apps for toddler learning

It’s no secret that iPads provide a means to fabulous educational tools for children, and kids typically love the visual, auditory, and hands-on stimulation they provide. So why not use yours to keep the learning going all summer with these fun iPad apps that suit toddler temperaments–and long car rides? Endless Alphabet This hands-on app allows…

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Parenting Tips for Extroverted Kids

May 1, 2017  |  Categories: Behavior, Child Development, Parent Resources
How to Parent Extroverted Kids

For introverted parents who appreciate quiet and reflection, having an extroverted child who talks a lot and craves personal interaction can be exhausting. However, by understanding certain extrovert characteristics, you can make parenting decisions that foster both of your personalities and enhance your relationship. Take a Time Out It is an introvert’s natural tendency to…

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Grow Your Child’s Imagination with Reading

March 6, 2017  |  Categories: Activities, Child Development, General Child Care, Parent Resources
Grow your child's imagination with reading

Children’s minds are fertile grounds of imagination. They readily accept make-believe worlds and have no room in their minds for the impossible. But the restrictions of today’s busy world can sometimes mean our children’s imaginations are not given the time they need to grow and develop. Reading aloud with your child is a wonderful way…

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3 iPad Apps to Prep for Kindergarten

February 27, 2017  |  Categories: Child Development, Parent Resources
the best iPad apps to prep your child for kindergarten

Kindergarten readiness can vary widely from child to child. Some kids enter kindergarten reading fluently and solving simple math problems. Other children enter with basic phonic and counting skills. These young children are maturing at different rates, and kindergarten becomes a level playing field as all children need this year to build basic academic and interpersonal…

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Tips for Making School Less Intimidating

September 19, 2016  |  Categories: Child Development, General Child Care, Parent Resources, Quick Tips
Tips for School Preparedness

Some kids can’t wait for school to start. They’re wired for the social interaction and stamina a new school year brings and have no qualms about new classrooms, new teachers, and new friends. But other children find the start to a new school year intimidating and overwhelming. Sometimes these kids exhibit shyness or anxiety and…

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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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