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  • Connecting Social-Emotional Learning, the Pandemic, and Great Children's Books

    Connecting Social-Emotional Learning, the Pandemic, and Great Children's Books

    As adults, our own lives and routines have been turned upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, our children’s worlds are being formed during this massive global change. What little routines many young children may have been able to establish in their lives pre-pandemic are different now. Change is a part of life, but we need to consider how to actively support the needs of our children in the midst of so much social change and upheaval.

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  • Balance Your Own Screen Time to Better Balance Your Child’s

    Balance Your Own Screen Time to Better Balance Your Child’s

    We all want the best for our kids. We want them to learn well, to be healthy, and to develop a strong sense of wellbeing that will guide them throughout their lives. It can be easy to forget how observant children are, after all: Everything is brand new to them. They are taking it all in and processing information about what shapes their world.

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  • Screenless Parenting: How To Entertain & Educate Your Kids Screen- Free

    Screenless Parenting: How To Entertain & Educate Your Kids Screen- Free

    Parenting is a rollercoaster that loops its way through joy, love, and education. Every day you teach your child through action and language. Tactile games are useful tools to help your child learn new skills but with the continuous development of child-friendly computer and phone applications, children are now spending countless hours glued to their devices. It is easy to give your child your phone or iPad but it should not become a routine action in times when your child is acting out.

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  • A red and gold Chinese toy dragon hangs, suspended on strings. Dragons represent good luck, strength, and health in Chinese culture and is one of the common symbols seen on Chinese New Year.

    Learn About Chinese New Year with These 6 Activities!

    Chinese New Year  is a celebration of the lunar new year and is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture. Celebrated by millions all over the world, it is a time for families to come together, honor their ancestors, and welcome in good luck and fortune for the year ahead. The beautiful and unique traditions associated with this holiday are perfect for teaching children about different cultures in a way that’s educational and fun!

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  • Young boy sits at table with a Storypod and a book. Reading is one of the five important educational routines to start in the New Year.

    5 New Educational Routines to Start in the New Year

    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. Use the motivation that many experience in the New Year to 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!

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  • Martin Luther King makes his speech during the March of Washington. Listening to his "I Have a Dream" speech is one meaningful way to celebrate Martin Luther King Junior Day with your kids.

    5 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Your Child This Year

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day to honor the life and work of the monumental leader who played a key role in the American civil rights movement and the advancement of civil rights for African Americans. Taking a bit of time to reflect with your family on MLK Day is important because it serves as a reminder of the progress that has been made towards achieving equal rights and justice for all people, and it encourages continued efforts to promote these ideals. Furthermore, the earlier children become familiar with the values associated with equality the more likely they will carry these values with them later in life. Below are a few meaningful ways to celebrate MLK day with your family this year.

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  • Young boy sits on bed with holiday lights reading a classic Christmas story.

    5 Enrichment Activities to Pair with Classic Holiday Readings

    From music to movies, flavors and foods, Christmas time brings with it so many lovely holiday traditions, including the classic stories that families look forward to hearing year after year. Create further learning opportunities and new traditions by pairing some of the most popular Christmas tales with enrichment activities that will expose your child to new ideas!

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  • Scones, teacups, and a holiday candle sit atop a wooden table.

    Embracing a Multicultural Holiday Season in Your Home

    One of the most beautiful things about the holidays are the traditions that help us feel connected with our families and our heritage. While it’s great to keep the rituals we hold dear alive in our homes, wouldn’t it be great to take the time to learn about the varied beliefs and practices of those around us? As our communities continue to become more diverse, it’s important for our children to grow up cognizant of the people and customs that, together, make the world an interesting and beautiful place. Consider the following tips to embrace a multicultural holiday season in your home this year!

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  • Play-Based Learning for Your 6-Year-Old

    Play-Based Learning for Your 6-Year-Old

    As parents, we are constantly searching for the best ways to nurture our children's development and provide them with a strong foundation for their future. Amidst a plethora of educational approaches, one method stands out for its effectiveness and natural appeal to young minds: play-based learning. Play is a powerful tool that engages children's imagination, fosters creativity, and encourages cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. For 6-year-olds, play-based learning offers a holistic and enjoyable approach to education, setting the stage for lifelong learning.

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  • A 6-year-old boy leans on a stack of books appearing deflated. Homework isn't always easy, but with a few tips and tricks you and your child can get through it with relative ease after some practice.

    Help! Homework is Stressing Us Out!

    In recent years, the educational landscape has witnessed a shift towards early academic rigor, often resulting in young children being assigned homework. While the intentions behind this may be to reinforce classroom learning and instill a sense of responsibility, the reality is that excessive homework can have adverse effects on our little ones' well-being and overall academic experience.

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  • 6-year-old girl with a pink hat smiles. Raising a child with strong coping skills will create a happy and resilient adult in the future.

    Raising a Child With Strong Coping Skills: Nurturing Resilience and Self-Regulation

    As parents, we all want to equip our children with the necessary tools to navigate life's challenges successfully. Developing strong coping skills in early childhood is crucial for fostering resilience and self-regulation. By instilling these skills in our 6-year-old children, we empower them to manage stress, bounce back from setbacks, and maintain emotional well-being.

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  • Comparing Kids' Audio Players: Toniebox, Yoto, Storypod, Timio, & Lunii

    Comparing Kids' Audio Players: Toniebox, Yoto, Storypod, Timio, & Lunii

    Toniebox, Yoto Player, Storypod, Timio, and Lunii compared – We examine important factors and benefits to consider in the exciting new world of audio speakers for kids.

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