5 Steps to the Perfect After-School Routine
Your 5-year-old has likely just started school and is learning all sorts of new things, from their letters to how to sit at a desk for extended periods of time. They may also start getting homework for the first time. As a parent, it's your job to support them in their learning journey and reinforce these concepts at home. A strong after-school routine will help them to not only solidify what they've learned, but will also provide the structure and organization that they will need to be successful students and adults in the future.read more
What Self-Care Skills Should My Child Have at 5 Years Old?
Five is a big year, as many children will be starting school for the first time! With this huge milestone looming close, now may be a good time to reflect on the self-care skills that your child has and work on those that they haven't yet mastered. Kindergarten teachers often refer to a child's ability to do things independently as being a big factor in their success in the classroom. In fact, being able to take care of themselves independently can really have an impact on their self-esteem. Little ones who can dress and groom themselves, know where to find items they need, and can clean up after themselves beam with pride when they show the adults in their lives all they can do!read more
The Kindergarten Reading Readiness Checklist
Kindergarten reading readiness refers to the stage in which a child shows signs that they are ready to begin reading. It is a crucial topic for parents and educators alike. Reading is an essential skill that forms the foundation for academic success, and it is important to ensure that children are prepared to learn to read when they begin kindergarten.read more
5 Educational Routines You Can Execute at Home
The education your child receives at home is some of the most formative he or she will receive, as it creates a foundation for future learning and reinforces any lessons that may have been given at school. Create some simple, but fruitful, learning routines that will serve to progress your child’s educational development. These educational routines do not need to be complex or rigorous to be effective. Simplicity and consistency is key to garnering long-term results!read more
What are the 4 Learning Styles in Children?
As with many aspects of their development, children are unique in the ways that they take in and retain information. From having an affinity for memorizing new words to working well with their hands, parents should take the time to notice their child’s tendencies in how they absorb the world around them as it could give them a clue to their learning style. This information can be useful when helping your child to learn new things at home or when they start school.read more
Fantastic 5! What to Expect with Your Child This Year
Get ready for an exciting year! With school starting and an ever-evolving vocabulary, your 5-year-old is sure to delight you with the leaps and bounds they’ll be making socially and cognitively this year. Read on to find out what’s in store for you and your little one!read more
See if Your Child is on Track with This Kindergarten Writing Skills Checklist
Kindergarten is a time of rapid development and academic progress. From reading simple words to executing life-skills, like packing up their backpack and cleaning their desk, you’ll be blown away by how much your child has grown in a single year.read more
Is My Own Screen Time Affecting My Children?
The science behind the effects of screen time on developing minds is well known to most parents. But does adult screen time affect children, as well? While our brains may be fully developed, our screen time can still be detrimental. When parents are overly absorbed by their technology, they tune-out what’s going on around them.read more
Why Listening is an Essential Part of Learning How to Read
While developmentally-conscious parents institute storytime as a vital part of their household ritual, primary classrooms fill their schedules with “rhyme time” and daily songs. Any parent or teacher can tell you how much children love to listen to stories, songs, and rhymes.read more
What Should I Do if My Child is Having Trouble with Sight Words?
Soon after your child learns the alphabet, he or she will begin learning their sight words. Sight words are commonly seen words that do not follow the typical rules of spelling, like does, can, and the. Because of this, they can be difficult for children to decode and are taught through memorization at school. Learning age appropriate sight words is vital for reading fluency. So what should you do if you notice your child isn’t catching on as quickly as they should be?read more
How to Support Your 5 Year Old’s Social-Emotional Development by Taking Turns
Does your 5 year old wait patiently for their turn on the slide at the playground? Or for their teacher to call on their raised hand at school? Or for their turn to choose the book for storytime at home (if taking turns with you or their siblings)? Taking turns is a big milestone in your child’s Social-Emotional development.read more
How to Strengthen Your Child’s Literacy Skills Using Their Favorite Books
Does your child ask for more books on a particular subject, in their favorite series, or by their favorite authors? That’s good news for many reasons! It means your child is developing background knowledge about characters, situations, events, and people that they read about.read more