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Signs of Bullying (and How To Prevent It)

July 6th, 2020

I Say NO to Bullying!

Is your child suddenly reluctant to attend school? Taking sick days, showing up tardy, or skipping all together? According to StopBullying.gov, avoiding school, slipping grades, and losing friendships could all be signs that your child is experiencing bullying. Do you suspect your child is being bullied? Read on to learn what to watch for and […]

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Early Learning During COVID-19

April 7th, 2020

A mother helps her daughter with homework

With social-distancing policy in place, we are all experiencing a time of uncertainty and worry. Non-essential businesses and public institutions must close to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But where does that leave us as parents? With schools closing across the country, some for the rest of the school year, there is a […]

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Flu Prevention: Teaching Your Child About Handwashing

February 11th, 2020

A mother and daugher wash hands together

Are you tired of being sick and tired? If so, you may want to think twice about reaching for the hand sanitizer. Behavioral specialist, Jaralee Annice Metcalf, recently joined forces with special education teacher, Dayna Robertson, to conduct a classroom experiment testing the efficacy of antibacterial hand sanitizer versus traditional soap and water against the […]

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The Importance of Teaching Toddlers Gratitude

December 9th, 2019

Grandmother and Kids Sitting in a Rose Garden

Have you ever been told to “stop and smell the roses?” The phrase is a familiar call to take a moment to appreciate the little things in life. As an adult, you may think the takeaway is to slow down, but really the emphasis is to appreciate small joys. Appreciation paves the way to gratitude. […]

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Benefits of Early Childhood Education

August 18th, 2018

Little boy with book. Benefits of Early Childhood Education

Young children are like sponges, soaking in the world around them. Every experience has the potential to leave a lasting impression on their minds and values. For years, studies have shown that early childhood education has a major impact on a child’s future. Unfortunately, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of 2015, […]

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Reading with Preschoolers – Tips for Parents

July 21st, 2018

Kids reading together

The development of literacy skills—including reading, writing, and comprehension—are critical to a child’s future success, both in school and in life. According to a joint position statement of the International Literacy Association and the NAEYC— “Although reading and writing abilities continue to develop throughout the lifespan, the early childhood years—from birth through age eight—are the […]

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Life-Changing Benefits of Summer Learning Programs for Kids

June 26th, 2019

Little girl making a heart with her painted hands

Summer learning programs can be life-changing for children… and their families. Providing a wide range of benefits from social/emotional development to reduced summer learning loss, summer programs offer invaluable opportunities which allow children to grow in many new ways. A national study by the American Camp Association confirmed that camp helps children build skills necessary […]

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Summer Learning Loss

April 11th, 2016

Two little girls reading a book while laying on green grass in the summertime

The school year is coming to an end; soon it will be time for fun in the sun and family vacations. No one is more excited than the kids, who are ready for endless playtime. While it’s important to let them be kids and enjoy their time off, it’s also important to incorporate some education […]

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