At preschool, your toddler is opening up their world, developing special friendships, learning words, and forming ideas. These are very important in shaping the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of a child. Purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers promote toddlers to think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively.  Why Are Toddler Preschool Activities Essential? Toddler preschool activities provide nurturing and balanced learning experiences, helping your toddlers learn to think in bigger ways as they build active minds and healthy bodies. Learning begins from the very first day a child begins

For most iGen kids, screen time is the coin of the realm— and don’t their parents know it! Screen time is used to incentivize (“If you use the potty, you can watch a cartoon!”) as well as to punish (“Keep up that behavior and you’ll lose screen time for a week!”). And while most parents have used it to gain a few minutes of peace at one time or another to complete a task or regroup after a long day at work, they know that they should put limits on

Research shows that the first five years of your child’s life are critical in their development. These years set the stage for future success! The foundations of sensory-motor, physical, social, emotional and cognitive development are formed during these years. More than one million new neural connections are formed every second in the first few years of life. Your child's development at every age prepares them for learning as they get older.  Even in infancy, as young as seven months old, children learn social skills and language formation. They form gross motor skills and social interaction

If you’re like the majority of Americans, you listen to podcasts. In fact, a whopping 48 million Americans listen to podcasts on a weekly basis. But you might think that enjoying a podcast is an activity for grownups only. While that might have been the case in the early days of podcasting, now there are tons of options for family-friendly listening. No matter your child’s age, attention span, or interests, you’re sure to find something that will engage them— and you! Here are 10 podcasts you and your child will

While your baby might never tire of peekaboo or rolling a ball on the floor, you might begin to wonder if there’s something else you could do that would not only entertain your baby, but also help her learn. Good news! There are a variety of toys and games available that can develop your baby’s brain and give you more options when it’s time for play. #1: Make Music Even very young babies are entranced by sound. What better way to engage your baby than with an age-appropriate set of musical

  “Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.” -Loris Malaguzzi While standardized tests are increasingly focused on the mechanics of reading, writing, and numeracy, parents and teachers everywhere also recognize the critical capacity of creativity. Far from being limited to the realm of artistic expression (as important as that is), creativity in children and adults manifests itself as: Flexibility and willingness to adapt to new circumstances. Problem-solving when formulas fail to produce the desired results. Making connections between

As parents and guardians, we all want to give our children the best opportunities to grow up strong, in both body and mind. While it is important to create safe and structured places for children of all ages to learn and play, this kind of environment is of paramount importance during the first five years of life.  The reason for this focus can be summed up in one word, “plasticity.”  Scientists and developmental psychologists use this term to describe the ability of a young child’s brain to change and create

Being a parent is one of the greatest accomplishments a person will ever achieve in their life.  With parenthood comes lots of decisions, some of which will pale in comparison to others. Some decisions, such as where you choose to send your child to preschool, will have an impact for years to come.  The hope is that the preschool you choose for your child will have a positive impact, not only in their educational success, but also in their social, emotional, and overall well being.  The ABCs and 123s Learning