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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|

“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|

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|

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|

Choosing Toys & Games for Your Children

“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.” Mr. Rogers Play is the foundation for all learning for young children, and giving your child the time and a few basic toys can provide them with a [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Nov 10, 2017|Categories: Play|

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|