Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—often referred to as STEM—should be fun and exciting subjects for preschoolers. Many early educators and caregivers are learning just how beneficial STEM programs are for children. STEM programs expose children to new perspectives and ways of thinking. They also help shape kids’ worldviews by improving their critical thinking and analytical skills as well as teaching them to solve problems. In addition to its ability to

Most children love to dance and sing, but did you know they can also learn through rhymes, music and movement. Learning music often leads to enhanced language skills. Children with stronger language skills are able to express their needs more clearly at a younger age, which increases your child’s ability to learn more effectively. Language is not the only benefit of musical education. If children have a successful music experience

It’s no secret young children have vivid imaginations. Many children express themselves and keep themselves entertained for hours by playing pretend. However, imaginative play is more than just a fun way for kids to spend their time. Any type of role-playing or make-believe that a child engages in can have a profound effect on how they see the world, how they adapt to change, how they get along with peers,

The internet can be a wonderful source of fun and educational activities for children. From online learning games to entertaining and fun videos, parents want their children to enjoy these activities, but it should be safe. As parents, we also understand the internet can be a place that could lead to harm if your children are not properly monitored. According to a report compiled by the Children’s Commissioner of England,

Our teachers play such a significant role in our lives and we are thanks for all the day every single day! Each day our teachers are helping children foster their love for reading, writing and learning. Each classroom opens a world of possibilities and makes learning fun! The process of choosing just one teacher each month is beyond difficult, but we are pleased to announce that our 2019 December National

Experts assert that children develop the skills they need to be good readers starting at birth and throughout infancy. Between ages 3 and 5 is an essential time for your children to develop the skills they need to be good readers, and many parents look for ways to make the most of their time reading. Not only is reading great for your child’s intellectual pursuits, but it is also proven

Starting kindergarten can be both exciting and frightening for your child, and parents are often just as anxiety-ridden as their preschoolers when it comes to this major milestone. To ease the anxiety, there are a variety of things you can do to help make your preschooler’s transition to kindergarten a smooth one. Do a Dry Run One of the easiest ways to help ease your child into attending kindergarten is

Routines and set schedules are a part of life, and they are especially important for your children. Set schedules establish normalcy and a sense of security, and lay the foundation for good patterns throughout your child’s life. Parents and preschool organizations like Little Sunshine’s Playhouse who create consistent routines help children develop good habits for eating and sleeping, as well as healthy play and activity behaviors. Although change is inevitable,

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 19, 2019 — Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool Chief Operating Officer Abby Davis has been named Director of the Pediatric Brain Foundation. The Pediatric Brain Foundation is a Missouri-based not for profit led by Matt and Rochette Dahler, founders of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool. The foundation provides financial support to families with children diagnosed with neurological disorders, brain cancers and traumatic brain injuries. “This foundation is an important philanthropic extension

It’s officially the holidays and that means families will be celebrating. From hosting events at your home to making holiday travel plans, this is the busiest time of year for many people. Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, safety is still a real concern, particularly when it comes to holiday decorations. Despite the cheer surrounding the season, the holidays are the peak time for electrical-related accidents. Using lights