Our teachers across the county are the game-changers. They are dedicated, passionate and truly know how to engage each of their students every day. It is incredibly hard to choose just one teacher each month, but we are pleased to announce that our 2019 October National Teacher of the Month is Patty Blankinship of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool of Lakeway, TX! Ms. Patty is a wonderful infant 1 lead

Learning to cook is a wonderful activity with many benefits for young children. It’s a great opportunity for some quality family time. Dinnertime is more exciting for kids when they get to help! Cooking expands your child’s vocabulary as they learn the names of their favorite foods. It also lets kids practice measuring ingredients and watching how they change when we mix them together. But the kitchen also comes with

It starts with a routine shopping trip. Then seemingly out of nowhere, your 2-year-old spies something tempting in the toy aisle. Before you know it, everyone is staring as your child’s piercing screams fill the air. It’s a tantrum. Why is this happening? Is your child trying to embarrass you on purpose? Are you starting to doubt your parenting skills? First, take a deep breath and relax. Believe it or

Leaves are changing color and pumpkin spice is back on the menu. Time for fall! It’s also a great season for introducing young kids to many fun science activities that also inspire your child’s imagination. Here are just a few great ideas, using easy-to-find ingredients and a big dose of creativity! Apple Experiment This activity lets kids observe how apples react when placed in different liquids. Here’s what you’ll need:

Our teachers across the county are truly game-changers. They are dedicated, passionate and truly know how to engage each of their students every day. The process of choosing just one teacher each month is beyond difficult, but we are pleased to announce that our 2019 September National Teacher of the Month is Dawn E. Nelson Stovall of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool of San Antonio, TX at Stone Oak! Ms.

Our teachers across the county are truly game-changers. They are dedicated, passionate and truly know how to engage each of their students every day. The process of choosing just one teacher each month is beyond difficult, but we are pleased to announce that our 2019 August National Teacher of the Month is Lauren Arviso of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool of Scottsdale, AZ! We can think of no better candidate

What does my child need to know before kindergarten?  How to recite the alphabet? Count to 10? Tie shoelaces? Or is there something more to this puzzle? For many parents, the first 5 years seem to fly by overnight. Before you know it, it’s time for kindergarten! A high-quality pre-k curriculum can help ensure that your child is ready for success in school and in life. But what, exactly, is

Did you know 2 children die of poisoning every day? Poison exposure sends 300 kids or teens to the emergency room each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.  And young children are at especially high risk.  Out of nearly 2.12 million incidents reported to Poison Control Centers in 2017, 45% of them involved kids under 6 years old! How can you protect your own children? It’s

What does it mean to be a helper? Helpfulness is an important part of good social development, and there are many excellent ways for children to practice being helpful — from putting toys back on the shelf to collecting food for neighbors in need. We can also introduce kids to the many grown-ups who work to make life better for others.

Image by fujikama from Pixabay Raising happy, healthy children can be complicated. It seems every day, parents receive new and conflicting information about what’s best for their kids. Making the right choices about what they eat, how much screen time they get, and more is enough to make any parent question themselves. One area that often has parents scratching their heads — or pulling their hair out — is sleep.

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