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December 16, 2018     Category: Parental Expectations

How often do you find yourself giving  vague instructions to your kids —  “Stop that”, “Clean this up”, “Be nice to your sister”, “I told you to stop it. ” usually with little effect? It seems children often seek to do exactly the opposite of what their parents tell them, whether because of distractions or just old-fashioned disobedience. But children misbehave for other reasons, too: Their parents may not have expressed their expectations clearly enough — or they’ve fallen into a pa...

November 30, 2018     Category: Holiday Kitchen Memories

Looking for ideas to make memories for your little ones during the holidays? How about putting on some seasonal music, open your favorite cookbook and have them join you in the kitchen!Helping with cooking and baking make wonderful traditions for your child, while exploring different kinds of foods. The key to success is picking simple chores that your child can do. Here are a few ways to get your toddler or preschooler excited about holiday food through cooking:Washing the foods. Place a small, sturdy stool or chair in front of the ...

November 15, 2018     Category: Gratitude

In November, we often share something we are thankful for as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. Expressing gratitude makes us feel happier and more aware. The value of gratitude is endless, and if we teach our children the benefits of gratitude while they’re young, they’ are more likely to reap the rewards throughout their lives.Look over these gratitude activities – these will help cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” in your little ones.Create a family gratitude book. Each member of the family should add photos, n...

October 31, 2018     Category: Fall Fun

Fall is well under way and you know what that means — comfy sweaters, huddling around a campfire and leaves of orange and red everywhere for most of the country.Fall in Florida is different. Most of the leaves stay on the trees almost year-round, except during the coldest few weeks. In Florida, our autumn is nothing more than a cooler summer. Fall is the best season of the year, so here are some ways for families with toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy the season outdoors regardless of the weather.TNT Gymnastics Preschool Open GymWant ...

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 ...