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Why Developmental Milestones Matter

As a first time mom, I was beside myself. Why wasn’t he walking yet? His best friend and playmate had been walking for weeks already, and Jonah was still on all fours crawling beside him. Was there something wrong with him? Will this hinder his success later on? What was it that I was doing [...]

By Kathy Kan| Fri, Jan 26, 2018|Categories: Education & Literacy, Parenting|

All they do is play?? – Developmental learning and your child

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood” -- Fred Rogers Have you ever wondered what your children do at preschool all day? This blog post will tell you about the way we approach learning at TPK. As a bonus [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Jan 12, 2018|Categories: Education & Literacy, TPK Administrative|

Hands-On Learning with our Kindergarten class

Recently, our Kindergarten class enjoyed a field trip to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn about The Eastern Woodland Indians. Then we continued our study back in the classroom. As we studied that many tribes had their own languages, they communicated with signs as well as pictographs on materials found in nature.  The children created their own stories [...]

By Robin Robinson| Wed, Nov 22, 2017|Categories: Education & Literacy, Play|

More Preschool Books We Love

It’s Literacy Week at TPK! You might have seen our littlest friends parading about the building in costumes - teachers too - and carrying books related to their costumes. So we are taking this opportunity to share with you about books we love and how to help your child find books they will love too. [...]

By | Fri, Nov 3, 2017|Categories: Education & Literacy|

STEM activities to enjoy with your kids

Have you heard the term "STEM education" used in the media? You might wonder what it is and whether it's something that preschoolers can do. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It refers to a way of learning where children engage with design, building, research, and discovery - and it can be absolutely age [...]

By | Fri, Sep 29, 2017|Categories: Education & Literacy, Play, Resources & Recommendations|

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|

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|

How to Incorporate Early Literacy Into Your Daily Activities

Something we say over and over again at TPK is: You (mom and dad) are your child's first and best teacher. Your children learn so much from you throughout their development. This is never more evident than during the very early years of your child's life, during which they show incredible growth and development. Did [...]

By | Fri, Jan 27, 2017|Categories: Education & Literacy, Parenting, Play|

Why Preschool Matters

It's Preschool registration time, and we are so enjoying meeting prospective students and their families. One of the questions people sometime ask us is: "What difference is Preschool going to make for my child? How does it benefit them?" Read on to learn a little about what benefits Preschool may have for your child's growth [...]

By | Fri, Jan 20, 2017|Categories: Education & Literacy, TPK Administrative|

Pre-K or Kindergarten? Public school or private school? Choosing the Right School for Your Family

It's preschool registration time, and we know that lots of families are deciding where their children will go to school next year. For our families with 4-year-olds especially, we know that many of you are deciding between Pre-K and Kindergarten; and we know that many of you are exploring your options for Kindergarten, be it [...]

By | Tue, Jan 10, 2017|Categories: Education & Literacy, TPK Administrative|