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Shaping Your Child’s Worldview

As our children grow up, they will each have to find the answers to many questions of life. They will work to establish their own identities, to figure out how to relate to the world around them - and they will at some point have to figure out what they know about God. These are big questions [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, May 5, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Spiritual Growth|

About Supa, TPK’s sponsored child

Perhaps you have heard about Supa, TPK's sponsored child in Kenya. Today we would like to tell you more about Supa and her life at St. Nicholas. Please contact us if you'd like to know more about Supa, St. Nicholas, or sponsoring a child. Supa is a 3rd grader. She lives in Kenya. She has [...]

By Carolyn Baldwin| Fri, Apr 28, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Fine Motor Play Activities

You'll sometimes hear us talking about fine motor and gross motor skills. What does that mean? Fine motor skills are those little movements that allow us to do more detailed physical tasks, such as picking up a small object with our fingers. Gross motor skills are those big movements that allow us to do motions [...]

By | Fri, Apr 21, 2017|Categories: Education & Literacy, Play|

Talking to your kids about severe weather

National Weather Service has confirmed that the DC metro area experienced two weak tornadoes yesterday – one near Herndon and one near Anacostia. The entire region experienced some very significant thunderstorms. I want to offer some tips for you about talking to your children about severe weather. How can you reassure your children and provide [...]

By | Fri, Apr 7, 2017|Categories: Parenting|

“I wonder if my child has developmental issues, but…”

We all know that our children grow and develop on their own timelines, each child at his or her own pace. But sometimes we might watch our child and think, "He just doesn't seem to be doing things quite like his same-age peers." We might wonder what's normal, who we can talk to about developmental [...]

By Kathy Kan| Fri, Mar 31, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Helping your children become problem-solvers

Do you ever find yourself watching your child with a bit of wonder and astonishment, wondering why the simplest of tasks has become so monumental? Wondering why the smallest of roadblocks sometimes results in tears?  Read on to find some ways to help your child develop his or her ability to overcome obstacles big and small. As [...]

By | Fri, Mar 24, 2017|Categories: Parenting|

Stress-Free Transitions in Your Child’s Day

Picture it: You've gotten your child's lunch packed and your bag ready to go, and you cheerfully say, "Okay, time to go!" -- and maybe you repeat yourself two or three times -- then suddenly you find your child melting down on the floor because he doesn't want to put on his shoes. Sound familiar? We've all [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Mar 10, 2017|Categories: Parenting|

Snowflake Carnival was a blast!

This week, we hosted one of our favorite events of the year, known as "Snowflake Carnival". We had two days of games, moonbounces, activities, crafts, face painting, snow-cones, cotton candy, snowball fights, and special storytimes. With no real snow having fallen here this winter, we enjoyed these "snowflakes" even more! We want to share just a [...]

By | Fri, Mar 3, 2017|Categories: Play, TPK Administrative|

Raising your child’s intellectual capacity with early music education

Today's guest post is from TPK parent and music educator Kathryn Brunner. Research has shown a link between learning music and achievement in many other forms of learning - including math and literacy. Read on to learn about how you can use music and movement not only to support your child's development - but to have [...]

By Kathryn Brunner| Fri, Feb 24, 2017|Categories: Education & Literacy, Play|

A special space: TPK’s children’s chapel

Have you ever wondered what we do in Chapel at TPK? Today's guest post is by one of our Chapel leaders, Penelope Hayes. Read on to learn about our chapel program and why it's special. On the first floor of Truro Preschool and Kindergarten is a color filled room with large decoupaged “stained glass windows” [...]

By | Fri, Feb 17, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Growth|