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Waldorf Preschools Encourage Creativity

by Margot F. July 15th, 2014 | Little Ones, Preschool, School
waldorf school pdWelcome to Waldorf Preschool. Notice the cozy homelike environment complete with curtains, carpets, and lots of natural lighting. The furniture is comfortable and the classroom is well organized. The atmosphere is peaceful, helping the child feel relaxed and free to learn in a supportive environment. The teachers are caring and will remain with your child until Kindergarten at about age seven, when academic instruction will begin. During preschool, emphasis is placed on free play, learning through exploration, and letting children be children.

The Waldorf system is based on the humanistic approach to education designed by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Steiner gave
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Airport Safety for Elementary Kids: Get Them Ready

by Ronald A. Rowe July 9th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, Safety
file0002043664574Air travel brings us to exciting destinations for summer vacation.  While the destination may be pure joy for your family, the actual day of travel can be stressful, scary, and downright dangerous, especially if you are traveling through unfamiliar territory with young children.  Here are a few tips to help keep your kids safe and yourself sane on the way to grandma and grandpa’s house, or wherever your summer travel may take you.

Bring Gum – The change in air pressure on takeoff and landing can be irritating to adults.  It can be downright torturous to young children.  The action of
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Summer School Rules! Vacation Learning for Tweens

by Lori Sciame July 3rd, 2014 | Big Kids, School, Tweens
file8131249322421Another school year has ended. No more missed school busses or forgotten sack lunches.  No more misplaced backpacks or last minute homework assignments.  It's almost too good to be true ... well, at least for a week or so.  Just when a parent thinks he or she can relax and enjoy the slowed pace of summer, a tween will remark sadly, "I'm bored, and I miss my friends."

While tweens (and parents) enjoy some aspects of being free of the school routine, they miss much about it as well.  After being occupied each day, and after being with friends constantly,
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4 Tips to Improve Concentration in Elementary Kids

by Lori Sciame July 2nd, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
read-316507_640Parents of elementary age children understand the concept of perpetual motion.  The reason: their children never stop moving.  Children this age literally jump, wiggle, twist, run, skip and twirl through each day.  They can be exhausting to watch, let alone keep up with.  In addition, being unable to settle down and concentrate can have a negative effect on their behavior and learning ability.

While helping an elementary age child to learn how to concentrate on a task may seem impossible, it's actually not that hard to do.  Try the following tips to help your child develop all-important concentration skills.

1.  Exercise,
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Community Helpers Work to Keep Our Kids Safe

by Tania Cowling July 1st, 2014 | Little Ones, Preschool, Safety
SDRandCo (77)Sometimes people need help, even our children. Isn’t it nice to know that many of our community helpers are there to help the children? It is our job as parents to teach our children that there are people whose jobs are to help keep them safe. Preschoolers can learn basic safety guidelines by understanding what police, firefighters, and weather forecasters do when they are working. Begin this learning process by reading about these community helpers via books, discuss what you read, and do a few activities to implement this teachable moment.

Police Officers Help in Emergencies

What can you do in
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Toddlers Learn With Their Fingers and Toes

by Tania Cowling June 30th, 2014 | Development, Infants/Toddlers, Little Ones
two handsToddlers are still learning about their world and one way to promote their joy of learning is through movement. They never sit still and they look at their fingers and toes as wonderful tools. Think about all the ways you can promote learning. There are activities that use repetition, movement, and rhythm to help toddlers express feelings, celebrate new accomplishments, and ways to work out their wiggles with gusto and boundless enthusiasm. Here are a few ideas to try.

Ways to Use Hands and Fingers

Ask your child to hold up his/her hands and look at them very carefully. Count the
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How to Plan Your Elementary Kid’s Summer Fun Now

by Margot F. June 25th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, School
children-204741_640School is almost over and now is the time to look at summer activities for children ages five to 12. While children in daycare have activities planned, a child at home can also enjoy lots of fun during July and August. With a bit of planning, a parent can find reasonably priced activities for their child and hopefully avoid hearing “I’m bored”.

I enjoyed planning summer activities for my older son through elementary school. By looking at brochures from the Parks & Recreation Department and the  local community calendar, it was possible to find activities that were of interest and
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Handling Aggressive Preschool Behavior

by T Akery June 24th, 2014 | Behavior, Little Ones, Preschool
children-185981_1280Aggressive behavior from a Preschooler is often the result of bad impulse control. The Preschooler typically gets mad and then lashes out in an inappropriate way. Sometimes, this behavior results in hitting or biting another child. Smaller siblings are often the target because that is who the Preschooler is around the most. But other classmates can be a target of their rage. Fortunately, this behavior can be corrected pretty early on.

One of the things you can do as a parent to help with this aggressive behavior is to look at your own impulse control when you are mad. If
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