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Preschool

Public School or Private School? Do your homework …

All parents at some point are likely to have the discussion as their children start to grow, learn, talk, walk, etc.  Do we put our kids in public school or private school? Assuming we can afford private school … is it really any better than public school? What are some advantages? What about any disadvantages?…

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5 Ways Music Can Make Your Toddler Smarter

Let’s face it, toddlers aren’t always the brightest of humans. They stick their fingers into sockets, eat their own boogers and disrobe in public as often as they can.  But it’s not their fault! Their brains are busy soaking up the world around them and trying to make sense of it all. Traditional education can…

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4 Easy Ways to Prep for Back-to-School

With the back-to-school season gearing up, getting the kids prepped and ready for a successful academic year can quickly add up. Discount retailer Dollar General is sharing tips to make the experience easier and more affordable. Use the List Schools usually provide supply lists to ensure the classroom is well-stocked and students have what they…

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Music Does More Than You Think

You hear it everywhere you go. In the car. In restaurants. In stores. Music is everywhere. Most parents are already strongly rooted in Team Mozart. And why not? Dozens of studies have shown that listening to classical music has a positive effect on infants’ intelligence levels. But recent results have also determined that music can…

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3 Things That Need to Stay in the Classroom

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Education is changing before our very eyes. Some days it’s inspiring, yet others it’s plain scary and even frustrating. I just read an article about things that are obsolete in education. Upon seeing the title, I feared that it was going to cite things such as teachers and textbooks. Instead, it went way beyond these…

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Reading Readiness

Did you know proficient reading by the end of third grade is a significant predictor of future academic and life success?  However, learning to read well begins long before a child enters elementary school.  According to literacy experts, reading proficiently results from a combination of experiences and skill building that begins in the earliest years…

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Seeds Of Reading – July 2013

The parents of a newborn have the awe-inspiring privilege and responsibility to watch their child grow and learn.  Each first is exciting, whether it is their baby’s first smile, first time rolling over, first steps, or first word.  Each new accomplishment is the beginning of a journey that extends throughout a lifetime. One journey that…

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The Joy of Exploring Music with Infants & Toddlers

Music has such an effect on one’s moods. It can lift your spirits when you are down, energize you when you need a boost, or calm and soothe when you need to settle. Just as music impacts you, music also impacts children of all ages even as early as infancy! There are many ways to…

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Starting Smarter

By: Rachel Robinson Psychologists and researchers have fairly recently discovered floods of new insight into the inner workings of the brain and its effects on early childhood development.  With this new perspective, educators have begun to place more emphasis on early intervention and education. According to Dr. Shonkoff, Director of the Center on the Developing…

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Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

 Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten? By Kris Meyers, M.Ed  Although the 2013-2014 school year is still a few months away, local elementary schools are beginning to register children for Kindergarten.    Any child who will be five years old by September 30th, 2013 is able to enroll for Kindergarten this next fall.  But being old…

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