With only ⅓ of American children currently reading at grade level, parents today are looking for effective ways to help their kids read with confidence and instill a lifelong love of reading. Learning to read is a process that occurs in phases, not a single event. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the preschool years are an important time for awareness and exploration of spoken

Parents relish the joy of watching young children form relationships with friends, teachers and others. It turns out that socialization is actually an important part of early childhood development and promotes positive outcomes later in life.

Learning to walk alone, sorting shapes and colors and recognizing names of people and objects all sound like important development milestones, right? They are, and these achievements all take place when your toddler is anywhere from 12 to 26 months old.  As your toddler is developing, it is essential they do so in an environment that encourages exploration and fosters growth. We know that as the parent of a toddler,

At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool®, we are enthusiastic advocates of play and believe that learning should be filled with fun, curiosity and imagination. Research shows that playtime, both directed and undirected, is one of the most important contributing factors to a child’s overall development. Finding a preschool that believes in mixing learning and play together is one of the best things that you can do for your child to

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

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

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