Everyone knows that children love to pretend. But did you know that pretending can actually help with learning? More specifically, we’re talking about drama in the preschool curriculum! People of all ages tend to remember things better when they do them: People remember 10% of what they read 20% of what they hear 30% of what they see 50% of what they see and hear 90% of what they see,

At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool®, we understand quality educators are the most important factor for engaging children in positive learning experiences. An early childhood teacher is not a babysitter. He or she is an education professional who serves as the foundation of our school. Our proprietary Creatively Shine™ curriculum was built with the teacher-student relationship in mind. But what makes a great preschool teacher? Here are a few of

Starting school can be exciting and intimidating for students of all ages, but especially for very young children. As a parent, you can rest assured that separation anxiety when starting school is a normal part of child development, and that it may show up on the first day for some kids, or emerge later in the school year for others. One early childhood expert explains that preschoolers get anxious about

It seems intuitive that it’s good for children to play outside. Physical activity, including time outdoors, promotes a child’s development and even academic success. But with today’s largely sedentary, screen-saturated culture, that’s often easier said than done.   One expert from Yale University noted that the typical U.S. child spends about 90% of their time indoors. Kids get only 30 minutes a day of outdoor unstructured play, down from 4

We are honored to work alongside such hardworking men and women who educate and love on our students day-in and day-out! The process of choosing just one passionate teacher each month is tough, but we are lucky to have so many to choose from for recognition as our August teacher of the month. The following teachers were nominated by their program directors and assistant directors for this achievement: Shanna Bishop

The habits we learn as children set us up for the rest of our lives. Remember the marshmallow study? We’ll give you a quick recap: a research study was done where children were given a marshmallow and told that, if they waited to eat it, they could receive a second marshmallow. When the study looked at these children in the future, it found that those who could delay gratification and

We are honored to work alongside such hardworking men and women who educate and inspire our students day-in and day-out! The process of choosing just one passionate teacher each month is tough, but we are lucky to have so many to choose from for recognition as our July teacher of the month. The following teachers were nominated by their program directors and assistant directors for this achievement: Michelle Green –

Most people know that getting enough sleep is one of the most important ways to stay healthy, along with good nutrition and regular exercise. And for children ages 5 and younger, quality nap time is necessary for early physical and mental development. One 2018 study concluded that daytime naps support early memory development for young children. Overtiredness can affect a child’s mood and, ironically, may make it harder to fall

Learning a second language is worth more than an extra qualification on a resume. In this changing global landscape, it’s more important than ever to begin teaching your child a second language. Considering almost 22% of the nation’s population speaks a language other than English at home, it’s vital to diversify your child’s language learning. The older we get, the harder it is to pick up a language. Waiting until

As a national preschool organization we know how picky children can be about what they eat – we get it!  That’s why we put a lot of thought and planning in to making sure our meals and snacks not only taste good, but also provide lots of nutrients needed for children to grow and maintain energy balance throughout their active days. Each of our schools across the country has a