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Creating basic daily home routines

In our first back-to-school blog post, we talked about several things you can do to help get back in the groove of going to school. One of those was finding good daily routines. Moms and dads, this post is about your daily routines. We'll talk in a later post about creating your child's morning and [...]

By | Fri, Sep 21, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

“Potty Training 101” – A Primer for Parents

Potty Training 101? Yes please! I think if they had a class like this when I was parenting my preschoolers I definitely would have signed up! Regardless of where you are in the potty training process, there are always ups and downs. And if you have one or more children, potty training can wildly differ [...]

By Kathy Kan| Fri, Sep 14, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

Back to School!

Welcome back to school! At the Preschool this week, we've had our Meet & Greet and Open House, and now we're having our first days of school. Your sweet children are trying out new things, making friends, and discovering classroom routines. For some this is the first time they've been away from Mom during the [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Sep 7, 2018|Categories: Education & Literacy, Parenting|Tags: , |

School’s Out!

Today is our last day of school for the year! We celebrated graduation with our Kindergarten class last night, and our classes have been enjoying end-of-year parties at various parks and playgrounds around the Fairfax area. We're so proud of what your children have learned this year, and we've loved getting to know each and [...]

By | Fri, May 25, 2018|Categories: TPK Administrative|

Summer activities for kids: Age-appropriate chores

(Chore board from thechicsite) As much as we love our summer routines, I know from talking to many mommy friends that a lot of us anticipate more work for us during the summertime - more little people at home for hours means more toys played with, more meals prepared at home with more dishes to [...]

By | Fri, May 18, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

Summer activities at home: In the Kitchen with Your Kids

In our house, we love summertime. We love leisurely play dates and going to the pool. But sometimes our lunch routines get super monotonous and we resort to eating out too much. What's a mom to do?  Summer is a good time to try new foods, since there's an abundance of produce in the grocery store [...]

By | Fri, May 11, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

Developing empathy in your child

We understand that empathy is important - but how do we help our children develop this complex skill? We have many dreams for our children. We hope they are happy, healthy, emotionally well-adjusted people who can positively impact the world. We hope they are confident, kind, know how to be a good friend, and have [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Apr 27, 2018|Categories: Parenting, Spiritual Growth|

So, about those age categories in preschool…

If you've looked at our class offerings, you'll see that each class has a birthday cutoff: to go into our 3's class, a child must be 3 by September 30 of that year, and for 4's, a child must be 4 by September 30. Sometimes parents wonder why we use that cutoff and whether there's [...]

By | Fri, Apr 20, 2018|Categories: TPK Administrative|

Right brain/left brain development: Why play is the foundation for learning

Most of our TPK families have heard us talk about "developmental learning" and about how play is the foundation of what we do. Here's an article we wanted to share with you about brain development and how play sets the stage for academic learning. (See it at the original source.)   Did you know that [...]

By | Fri, Apr 13, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Talking to Kids about Money

How many of us look back on our childhood and wish we would’ve been taught more about money? A lot of people graduate from college without any idea how to manage their money or balance their bank account. Maybe you were one of them.  So when is the best time to begin to teach your [...]

By Carey Lansing| Fri, Mar 16, 2018|Categories: Parenting|