Category Archives: Child Development

Just Checking In – How new apps keep teachers and parents connected regarding child care

Pick up and drop off times are often the only face time parents get with teachers and staff at their children’s preschool, child care, or camp. However, those times are also the most hectic and busy, and every other parent has the same idea. Busy parents might not have enough insight into what their child’s day was like at school or camp if they

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Don’t Throw That Away! -Why Teachers Love Upcycled Art Materials

Ever been to a preschool, child care center, or nursery school and found a basket of toilet paper tubes? How about a bin of old magazines? Maybe even a bucket of small mismatched ceramic tiles? There is a great reason for all of that stuff, plus the other dozen or more recycled materials that teachers collect and treasure for use in art projects with

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Inch By Inch, Row By Row: The Value of the Classroom Garden

Every Preschool, Nursery School, and Daycare Center should definitely be growing some sort of plant, ideally an edible, as part of the enriching environment. It doesn’t matter if it is a window box, a garden, or a muffin pan with paper cups sprouting radishes from potting soil, kids should be growing something in their place of learning. Many parents remember growing chia, or a

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Here Fishy Fishy! The Amazing Benefits of a Classroom Fish Tank

Many Preschools, Nursery Schools, and Daycares have done away with the notion of a Class Pet. It used to be that many child care centers had some sort of resident critter like a hamster, turtle or a parakeet. Modern times have brought allergies, fears of disease, possible liabilities, and too much added responsibilities to the prospect of classroom pets. That’s a shame, certainly, because

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Read The Manual! The importance of School and Parent Manuals in Childcare

It may come as a surprise to some parents that some Child Care centers, Camps, Preschools and Nursery schools have a Parent (or Family) Manual, often detailed, that is provided to all families upon enrollment. Most parents did not go to schools with family manuals when they were children, so the idea that families need to read and review a multi-page booklet to send

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Building Self Esteem In Preschoolers; What Works, What Doesn’t.

Parents of preschoolers are familiar with the refrain “No one plays with me at school”. Just about every preschool student or child care attendee will say something like this at some point. More often than not, the child was not purposefully excluded, the child more likely was waiting to be invited to play and the invitation didn’t come. Preschool students tend to just absorb

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Battling Over Bites? Kids can eat healthy and without fuss, it is possible!

Parents all over the world can all agree that getting kids to eat a variety of healthy foods can be a challenge. Pickiness is an evolved human behavior. Early mankind avoided poisoning themselves by eating what is familiar. So, toddlers and preschoolers are just doing what is natural. It is also natural to learn to taste new foods, especially the great food we have

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Toilet-Training: The Developmental Approach

by Michael Reisman, M.Ed. If you are the parent of a toddler or preschool-age child, it is likely you are supporting your child’s transition from diapers to the toilet. As parent, coach, mentor and cheerleader you wear many hats as you search to provide the right support at the right time – prodding yet sympathetic, encouraging while comforting. As a parent and early childhood

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From the Director’s Chair: Talking to your Preschooler About Preschool

Michael Reisman, M.Ed. Last Monday in the Bergen Record newspaper, Ask the Teacher columnist, Toby Sorge offered some great suggestions for parents on how to get better and more information from their school-age/middle school child regarding that timeless question “What did you learn at school today?” I invite you to check out his article here if you have a child in that age group.

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