The teachers at our preschool programs across the county are the 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 tough, but we are pleased to announce that our 2019 January Teacher of the Month is Raquel Villa of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse of Gilbert at Val Vista! Here is some fun

Early education is most effective when it’s fun! And dancing brings the curriculum to life by tapping into preschoolers’ natural curiosity and energy. It combines the power of sensory stimulation with physical movement to make lessons more memorable. One study published in the journal Social Development randomly assigned a group of preschool students to an 8-week dance program or a control group who received no dance instruction. The researchers found

Where has all the time gone? Almost overnight, it seems, your beautiful baby has grown into an energetic 4-year-old eager to learn and show off more exciting new skills every day. And now kindergarten is right around the corner! A good pre-kindergarten program helps your child prepare for this important new adventure. What should you look for in a pre-k for your child? Experts from the Brookings Institution and Duke

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