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October 15, 2018     Category: After School Programs

After school programs are a great way to keep your child safe, inspire them to learn, and introduce them to positive role models.After school programs can provide students with an after school snack, academic enrichment, and a range of engaging and interactive activities including: painting, reading, sports, homework help and more! At T’s Learning Center in Ponte Verde, we want to provide you with some tips that will make choosing a program easy and exciting.How is a parent to decide the right program? Well, these important qua...

October 01, 2018     Category: STEM

Do you wonder why preschool STEM activities are important? Do you think preschoolers should just play . . . that STEM activities may lessen the joys of childhood?What is STEM?STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM is the future. These are all areas of education that our kids need to be secure with to excel in the future. STEM makes creators, thinkers, problem solvers, doers, innovators, and inventors. Exposing kids to simple STEM ideas at an early age builds a foundation for higher learning ...

September 18, 2018     Category: Sharing

Your toddler’s room is teeming with toys, yet whenever a friend reaches for the most neglected toy, it is suddenly the favorite. A struggle ensues, and soon any fun and laughter are replaced by tears and tantrums.Sound familiar? Rest assured — sharing is a notion beyond the grasp of most toddlers. Sharing is learned as children’s social, emotional and cognitive development increases.Children have difficulty sharing, especially young children. This is a normal part of the development process. Knowing and accepting this is ...

August 29, 2018     Category: Sensory Play

Toddlers explore – they have the tendency to get into everything; they get into everything from unraveling a roll of toilet paper to splashing in the dog’s water bowl. Engaging in sensory activities for toddlers allows them to touch, taste, listen, watch, smell, and above all – move!  These little kiddies love the chance to make a bit of a mess as they explore the world around them using their senses!The Benefits of Sensory ActivitiesCalming effects: Playing with dry rice, sand, water, play dough, and other materials ...

August 16, 2018     Category: Back-to-school Supplies

Get ready for the school year with this list of back to school supplies for preschool or kindergarten. Even if you're not ready for the first day of school, you can ensure that your child will be ready with all the supplies needed to play, learn, and enjoy in class.Arts and Craft SuppliesEarly school years are filled with lots of crafting and hands-on activities. Be sure to have these supplies (if you don’t already) so the coloring and creating doesn’t stop when your child comes home.Crayons: Most teachers may prefer a set o...

July 30, 2018     Category: Daily Routine

One of the most important things that you can do to make your young child feel safe is to establish as much routine as possible. Children (and adults) feel the most secure when their lives are predictable. When adults provide environments that feel safe, children learn that they can trust others to take care of them and meet their needs, so they become free to relax and explore their world. Daily routines might include:The time to get ready in the morningBath times, mealtimes, naptimes and bedtimesHousework, cooking and cleaning ...

July 17, 2018     Category: Summertime Reading

What a wonderful time to explore the world and everything in it with words.Now tha summer is here, is it too hot or too rainy to be outside? Is the family traveling in a car or on a plane or train? You and your child can make a new friend; learn about colors and shapes and letters and numbers; visit another country; find out why kittens purr or what fireflies eat. How? Just sit back, relax - it's time to learn about anything and everything - read a book to your preschooler!   And, of course, reread your child’s favorite book! ...

July 01, 2018     Category: Family Picnics

Outdoor summer fun and kids just naturally go together. Though technology may cause some kids to spend less time doing things outdoors, picnics are  a fun and healthy way to spend quality time with family members and other children.Here are some thoughts about taking time to picnic, either on the spur of the moment or planning a big event for family and friends:Picnics mean spending time outsideGoing on a picnic means enjoying fresh air and open spaces. Picnics are also a great opportunity for kids to learn about nature and its many plants...

June 15, 2018     Category: Swimming Safety

A backyard pool promises lots of fun for kids. Swimming is not only fun, it is great exercise. A pool sets the stage for many hours of quality family time, as well as playtime with friends.However, a pool comes with heavy responsibility. You are in charge.  It is your duty to safeguard all swimmers and guests – there is no substitute for vigilant supervision, especially when children are around. Always have an adult nearby. Even if the kids are great swimmers, you never know when they might need help. Set a good example so younger k...

May 30, 2018     Category: BoredomGoalsSummer CampSummer

It’s almost here . . . summer break and everyone is excited about warmer weather, lazy days and catching lightning bugs! Are you wondering where the school year went? Have you noticed how much the kids have grown? Are you thinking about what to do with the summertime boredom that is sure to set in, often sooner than later?While summer is a great time for kids to unwind and have some fun, every parent knows that kids easily become bored and restless. That’s why summer break can be a wonderful time to provide goals to expose ki...