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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|

“There’s just not enough time in my day!”

Moms, do you ever feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do? Feel pulled in five different directions sometimes? Wonder how you're going to get the kids fed, the house clean, your work done, bills paid, school dropoff and pickup successfully completed, your kids' homework done, lunches packed, [...]

By | Fri, Feb 10, 2017|Categories: Parenting|

A Conscious Discipline Technique: When two kids are fighting

Today I want to share with you a Conscious Discipline technique posted directly from their Facebook page. Disagreements happen. They happen in the classroom, they happen at home, they happen between siblings, they happen between friends. Our friends at Conscious Discipline posted about it this week, and I felt a sense of peace just reading [...]

By | Fri, Feb 3, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Resources & Recommendations|Tags: |