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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|

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|

5 Best Habits for Preschoolers: Cheryl Hammond

It would be so much easier if our children came with handbooks.  I can remember writing a “how to take care of Fletcher” guide for my mom the first time he stayed with her for more than a couple of minutes. Unfortunately, they don’t come with any instructions specifically for them, but we can generalize [...]

By Cheryl Hammond| Thu, Dec 13, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

Best 5 Habits for Preschoolers: Patty Royall

It is my great joy and privilege to be a TPK teacher of preschoolers. The Little TIPS class that I am teaching is a mixed ESL class of 2, 3, and 4-year-old children. Because languages and cultures are different, my assistant and I first teach/model good social habits.  Since our goal is to foster love [...]

By Patty Royall| Fri, Nov 9, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

Finding Work-Life Balance

Are you a parent that works outside of the home? Do you ever struggle to balance your work and home life? Do you ever feel guilty that your family isn’t getting the best of you?   I came across this article that I found helpful as I sometimes wrestle with this balance in my own [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Nov 2, 2018|Categories: Parenting|