risk-taking

When Taking Risks is a Good Thing For Kids

Ordinarily, most adults would say that risk-taking is something for more experienced people to do, and would say that toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and even young elementary age children should probably not engage in. However, risk-taking is a life skill everyone needs to learn, and where better to learn to manage small risks than in a…

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The Benefits for Young Children of Screen Freedom

Many parents find themselves relying on screens to help contain busy households, more so than most would like to admit. Everyone has the best intentions for their toddler and Pre K age children and many people include limited screen time as part of those intentions, but life gets busy, kids get more demanding each year,…

No More Macaroni Necklaces!

No More Macaroni Necklaces!

Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles are always so polite when they receive the handmade holiday gifts that their nieces, nephews, and grandchildren make for them for birthdays and holidays. Of course they are delighted by the sentiment, but ultimately, what can they do with a macaroni necklace, or modeling clay sculpture, or cardboard picture frame dripping…

When Artwork Is Important, and When It Is Not

When Artwork Is Important, and When It Is Not

Nursery school, Preschool, and Pre-Kindergarten age children churn out masterpieces all day long in their childcare centers and schools. Parents probably receive at least one “gift” of children’s artwork a day. Soon, the refrigerator is covered, and the walls are slowly being invaded. If it gets thrown away, heaven forbid a child see it in…

What Does a Preschool Teacher Know?

What Does a Preschool Teacher Know?

Previously, this blog has discussed the qualifications that someone wishing to do professional infant care, or to teach preschool or nursery school must have, including their formal education and various training certificates. However, most people know that certifications and coursework are of little value without related experience. Preschool, Nursery School, and Pre-Kindergarten teachers have unique…

No One Will Play With Me

No One Will Play With Me

It is hard when children come home from preschool or daycare forlorn and reporting that they didn’t have a great day with their friends. We imagine that while we work, they’re having a blast in school, running, playing, safe and happy. However, most parents are familiar with the experience of picking up a child from…

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How Can Children Help?

At what age can children be expected to contribute to household duties? Why should they be expected to contribute to household duties? Many parents of young children wonder when it’s time to, or appropriate to assign simple chores. Some parents are worried that they are putting too much on their children to ask them to…

Edgewater Day Care Halloween celebration

Too Many Treats

From October until mid April there is a constant trickle of candy and sugar related festivities at every turn. As soon as the Halloween candy is gone, the Thanksgiving cakes, pies, and cookies appear. Shortly after that the Hanukkah gelt and Christmas candy arrive. Just when the last of it has finally been exercised from…

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Why Doll Play is Good For Every Child

Few toys for preschool age children carry as much controversy as a doll. While most people don’t give a second thought to girls playing with dolls, including dressing, feeding, and walking them in strollers, some adults are absolutely incensed at the idea of boys doing the same. Some adults feel the need to protect boys…