Author: Wayne RESA - GSRP

Get Outside and Play!

When I was a little girl, I had a delightful childhood. I was fortunate to live on a dead-end dirt road where I could spend the entire day exploring and playing; I suppose you could have called me a free-range child. With local neighborhood friends, I built forts in the...

5 Day Summer Fun Challenge!

There is still time for summer fun!  Do you feel overwhelmed with what to do with your child over summer break? Do you often put your child in front of the television, give them a tablet to play with, or even worse give your child boring coloring worksheets to complete?...

5 Ways to Keep Kids Safe This Summer!

Dust off your grill and grab your swimsuits, because the lazy days of summer are here!    The Seattle Children’s Research Institute found that almost 50% of preschool-aged children do not spend even just one session of outdoor play each day.   Outdoor play is linked to better mental and physical...

How to Make Children “Be Nice”

Each moment spent interacting in an early childhood program is an opportunity for learning.  We call these “Teachable Moments.”  Children learn from what they see and how they experience the world.  When children experience secure relationships, they demonstrate secure relationships with others.   The same is true if children experience insecure...

Ready or Not, Here We Come to Kindergarten!

For many parents, leaving preschool is mixed with feelings of excitement to see their child move on to kindergarten. For some, there is also anxiety. Parents are not sure what to expect and often find themselves questioning their child’s readiness.  Is my child ready for kindergarten in Michigan? This is...

Reading Time is the Right Time!

March is National Reading Month! During this month, we are encouraged to read every single day.  One of my favorite things to do is read to my six-month-old grandson.  He loves to hear the stories, look at the pictures, and touch the pages of a board book.  He especially loves...

Your Preschooler Can Cook!

Cooking with your child can be fun and provide many opportunities to develop skills in math, literacy, language, and science. Children also develop self-confidence and healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.   Some areas of development that cooking promotes include: Language and communication-Children learn new vocabulary, increase language...

Time for Outdoor Play Even in the Winter Months!

It is winter once again in Michigan which means parents and caregivers are looking for ways to beat those indoor winter blues.  Although it is dark and cold, exploring nature both indoors and out will help foster independence, promote active learning and engage children in creative activities!   Get Dressed...

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