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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|

“How was school today?” … Making connections with your kids after school.

In our house, we sometimes fall into the trap of the obligatory afternoon check-in. It goes something like this: "Hi honey! I'm so happy to see you! How was your day?" "Good." And then the evening routine begins. You know the one: preparing dinner, doing homework, activities, chores, practicing the violin, walking the dog, bathtime, [...]

By | Fri, Sep 15, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Play|

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|

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|

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|

Not Just Sledding: Snow Day Fun for Preschoolers

In honor of the first snowfall of 2017, today we want to share some fun snow activities you can do with your kids. Snow days can be great days to spend some extra time with your kids, creating fun memories, and even helping your kids continue their learning when they're not at school. These activities [...]

By | Thu, Jan 5, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Play|