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Preschool Science Fun

Most parents hear the words "preschool" and "science" together and immediately cringe - whether it’s from feeling unable to “do science” or imagining the mess. People jump right into thinking about all these elaborate experiments which can be scary.  There are lots of things that you can do with your preschooler that are fun, easy and [...]

By Cheryl Hammond| Thu, Mar 14, 2019|Categories: Parenting, Play|

Self Care for Busy Moms

Self-care is a lifelong responsibility for YOU. Definitions vary, but the essence is a responsibility that you set for yourself to take care of your mental, emotional and physical health. I believe the most important component is rest; it is the cornerstone of self-care. I think of the standard God set for us to rest [...]

By Tricia Tabb| Fri, Mar 8, 2019|Categories: Parenting|

“Books and Cooks” – Kitchen Fun With Kids

Looking for a fun family activity for a weekend or a snow day? Spending time together in the kitchen has many benefits. It creates a fun and engaging activity for your child to explore language, math and science in a practical way with an edible outcome! It encourages your child to try new foods, and [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Thu, Feb 28, 2019|Categories: Education & Literacy, Parenting|

Parenting a Child Who Struggles Socially

Developing social skills can take a life-time of practice. I know I still feel overwhelmed at times when I walk into a room full of strangers. The introvert in me wants to turn around, go home and have a bowl of ice cream to lessen my stress. But, as an adult, I use some of [...]

By Deborah Gainer| Fri, Feb 22, 2019|Categories: Parenting|

“My child needs to move ALL THE TIME!”

Children need to move all the time. As a parent, you might be saying “Don’t I know it!”  Unless they are sleeping or involved in a screen, they are nonstop balls of energy.  While it may be exhausting for us to watch or facilitate, for children, movement is a mode through which they learn and [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer| Fri, Feb 15, 2019|Categories: Parenting, Play|

“I don’t want to go to school today!” – On Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is often one of the most asked questions I get on a tour with a parent. What happens if my child doesn’t separate easily? How do we handle it as a school? What do I do if my child is the only one crying at dropoff? What if my child doesn’t adjust? Over [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Feb 8, 2019|Categories: Parenting|

Current Trends in Children’s Books

Last week we talked about classic children's literature and the stories that have stood the test of time. I'm a huge fan of kids' books from picture books up to YA, and I'm enjoying some current trends in books for children. Here are a few new(ish) and notable titles for read-alouds and for early readers. [...]

By | Fri, Feb 1, 2019|Categories: Education & Literacy|

Children’s Literature: Some Thoughts on the Classics

I love to read. I love everything about reading. I love to go to the library or the bookstore and browse through all the volumes. I love the feel of turning the pages. I love getting to know the characters and where they live. I grieve a little when I get to the last page [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer| Thu, Jan 24, 2019|Categories: Education & Literacy|

Snow Day Fun with Your Kids

What a wild weather week! We've had snow and ice, closings and delays - and there's more winter weather on the way! We hear that some of you LOVE the snow and some of you are starting to get a little tired of it already... so we thought we'd share a few fun snow day [...]

By | Fri, Jan 18, 2019|Categories: Play|

My Child is a Picky Eater!

We hear from a lot of you that your kids are picky eaters. I have a picky kid, too. Our friends at FCPS's Early Childhood Partnerships team have written a super helpful guide for parents of picky eaters. Read on for some practical advice and some current research. (Click here for a printable pdf.) 5 Things [...]

By | Fri, Jan 11, 2019|Categories: Parenting|