Social play and its benefits

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children play is serious learning. Play, really, is the work of childhood. That work is the activity through which children build lifelong skills and abilities. Taking part in social interactions with their peers and familiar adults is one really [...]

Difference Between Preschool and Pre-K

Many early childhood centers offer both preschool and pre-kindergarten. Learn about their similarities and differences. Many early childhood schools and centers offer both preschool and pre-kindergarten, sometimes called “kindergarten prep” programs. Parents often ask about the difference between preschool and pre-kindergarten, and wonder if pre-kindergarten is really necessary. A quality early childhood education is about providing a well-rounded [...]

How to Cope with Stress: Stress Relief Strategies for the Whole Family

Try these stress busting activities to help your whole family – even your kids – manage the stress and anxiety of daily life. Days are busy. Work, school, activities, and more can sap our time and energy. So much so that “stress busting” has become big business. One can readily find meditation apps, adult coloring [...]

Reading with Children at Home & in the Classroom

Reading with children is one of the pleasures of parenting. As we share beloved books, we transfer culture and build bonds. Reading aloud also helps develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. Reading with children can even boost executive function. In this guide, you’ll learn more about the benefits of reading to children, what [...]

Making Sense of Temper Tantrums

Does your child experience temper tantrums? Learn how to handle them and methods to help prevent them from reoccurring. The phrase “temper tantrum” is enough to raise a parent’s blood pressure, but is it possible that they can be a good thing? It’s time to take the angst out of temper tantrums, see them as [...]

6 Sustainability Activities for Kids

Sustainability is a big word and an even bigger concept for children to understand. But it’s important to teach them what it means and how to contribute to helping the environment and the planet. Start by modeling the basics, such as minimizing your trash (the first “R” in the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” sustainability mantra!) and maybe [...]

Supporting children during a school closure

Children can pick up on your behaviors and fears, so it’s important to show courage and strength during difficult times. With the current outbreak across the world, anxiety levels have increased and this can unsettle children. Here are a few tips on how we can create a positive environment during times of stress. 1) Routine [...]