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5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Preschooler Healthy

We all know the signs too well: the runny nose, deep cough and warm forehead. Keeping your little one healthy can be one of the toughest aspects of having a toddler—especially if they go to preschool. Small children have an increased risk of coming down with a cold or catching other illnesses because their immune systems aren’t fully matured yet. When… 

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 and promote early literacy. Children can tell you what they… 

A Stressed Brain Cannot Learn

As summer time approaches and many children will be entering Kindergarten this fall, parents and teachers alike are left to wonder, “Are they ready?” and “What does Kindergarten readiness really mean?”  Consider this: One in every four children under the age of four years old have experienced some form of trauma in our country.  According to Judy Darling LMSW, IMH-E@IV of Transforming Teachers, social emotional… 

Sorry Not Sorry

Picture this. You’re at the park.  A child walks up to your little one and joins in constructing the gravel mountain your child has been diligently working at for 15 minutes.  They make eye contact. Your sweet little angel swats at the joiner, unleashing tears streaming like Niagara Falls from those beautiful round eyes and parents run frantically over to… 

Worksheet Worries

Whether parents choose to homeschool or enroll in institutional methods of education, the pressure to academically prepare for what’s next is increasing year to year.  Buzzwords such as “Kindergarten readiness” coupled with the Third-Grade Reading Law signed by Governor Snyder this past October surely have many parents wondering how to ready their young learners.  As an Early Childhood Advocate and toddler… 

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