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Category Archives: Education

Read, Read, Read…..and Read Some More!


Reading opens up the world for your child…..our goal is 1000 books before kindergarten!! Bath time is over, p.j.s are on, your little one is on your lap and you snuggle your nose into their sweet smelling cheek.  The craziness of the day begins to melt away.  You open the familiar book and your toddler snuggles …

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“Tools of the Trade” for literacy


Here is a list for “tools of the Trade” for literacy!  What items do you have in your home to promote the love of reading? I admit it, I am a list maker.  I love to make a list and cross off things I accomplish.  There are days that I write something on my list …

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Baby Sign…why?


Signing with your child opens up his world to communication!   Picture this:  your sweet 1-year-old child is lying on the floor screaming.  You ask what this sweet child wants, and the screaming escalates.  You then run around the room holding items up…”Do you want your milk?”  “Oh I bet you want your paci!”  “You want …

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Will preschool help your child be academically successful?


Preparing your child for school success includes outings like this!  School readiness is not just about letters and numbers! It is that time of year when parents are beginning to look at preschools for next year.  Sometimes I feel that there is more pressure on parents to find “just the right preschool” than deciding on …

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What I think every child should have in their play room…


How many toys does your child need?  Your child does not need lots of toys…just toys that will be used a lot! We have talked a lot about play and its importance.  Now take a look around, what toys do you have in your home that encourage play and all the benefits that come with …

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Preparing your child (and YOU) for the start of preschool!


The first day of preschool can be difficult for your child and you! The big yellow school buses are starting to show up around my house again.  My daughter has had her first day of teaching 4th grade and I know several college students who are moved in and studying hard.  I remember that familiar …

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Infants need play time too!


You are your baby’s first toy!  Play time is important for infants too!  Infants play by moving, by looking (especially you and that funny face), by exploring with hands, feet, and mouth, and by interacting physically (a little tickle), emotionally, and verbally.  The time your baby spends playing with you is invaluable.  You don’t have …

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No child is perfect…and that is OK!


No parent or child is perfect…and that is OK! We had a wonderful weekend celebrating the marriage of my daughter’s childhood friend.  I always cherish having all four of my children at home at the same time!  As Monday morning arrives, and college and budding careers claim my children again, I find my thoughts in the familiar place of focusing on my …

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Play is important child’s work!


If you are a kid…then play is your work!  If you are an adult…then learn to play! Sit for a moment and watch your child.  Just watch…don’t jump in and give your child something to play with…just watch what your child will do.  Children, if left alone and given the opportunity,  will play happily with …

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Thursday March 2nd, Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”  Dr. Seuss March 2nd is  Dr. Seuss’ birthday and National Read Across America Day.  Promote reading and  celebrate with your child! Happy Wednesday! “Over the Hump Day” is always for celebrating, and especially today!  Remember that celebrating …

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