Importance of Creative Play

As parents and teachers we are so very attune to our children’s needs; from their initial nutritional requirements to ensuring that they surpass milestones in a timely manner.  We strive to make them social, doctor happy and keep them entertained.  We read books, sing songs, present age-appropriate art ideas, and encourage letter and number recognition.… Read More

Help Preschoolers Learn to Write Their Name

One of the skills children need to learn for Kindergarten is being able to write their own name.  It is a skill that gives kids a real sense of accomplishment when they know what their name looks like and that they can actually write it themselves. But it is important to know how the children… Read More

Halloween Color by Number Printable

Kids love to color and our fun Color by Number printables are a great way to reinforce both number and color recognition.  They are also a great activity to use for fine motor skill development.  Plus kids will have a fun Halloween pumpkin and cat to hang in their room or on the family fridge.… Read More

Common Core Standards

If you have been around “teacher friends” this summer, recipe you have likely heard the current educational buzz words, approved “The Common Core Standards” (CCS). This set of state-initiated standards, adopted by forty five of the fifty states, has been created to ensure continuity and college and career readiness. Beginning at the pre-kindergarten (pre-k) level… Read More

Every Child is Unique

Beach, erectile pool, ambulance BBQs, sunscreen and bug spray may be our focus, but it is unmistaken that when that inevitable crispness grips our air, our minds switch from summer-fun to back-to-school.  Whether this is a joyous occasion or the first time you are sending your baby on a yellow bus, preparedness is a must;… Read More

Tips for Encouraging Literacy

March is literacy month, and now is a good time to think about different ways we can help to encourage our kids to love reading. Even though we might think we are helping to raise little literacy buffs, here are a few extra ideas. 1.  Read Everywhere. Sometimes we only think about reading a book… Read More

PreK Programs Getting Cut Nationwide

Research shows that the first five years of a child’s life are very critical in regard to long-term learning and education.  And studies have indicated that children who do not have the advantage of being prepared properly before entering kindergarten have a disadvantaged learning curve compared to those who start school prepared.  Most countries realize… Read More