Parent involvement in a child’s education is critical in early childhood development and helping a child reach their full potential. Supporting evidence is overwhelming. Research shows parent involvement not only leads to higher academic achievement, greater cognitive and problem-solving skills.   Reading to your children also helps develop greater self-control, improved mental health, show advanced social and emotional development, become more resilient to stress, and have more positive relationships with their peers when their parents are involved

This button snail craft for kids is super cute and easy to make too! Supplies: Buttons Construction Paper Glue Scissors Instructions: First, you do is cut out a circle for the snail shell. (This is where the buttons will go!) Next, you will cut out the snail body. Glue both parts together, and then the fun can begin! Glue the front of the snail shell and start sticking those buttons

Teaching your toddlers and young children how to care for the planet is important. Some people may feel it is too much for young minds to process and can cause unnecessary worry in their daily lives. Others may believe that now is the best time for children to learn how to care for the planet due to their curiosity and love for the outdoors. Learning about environmental issues and prevention

Cooking may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about educating your child. Cooking with your kids can help give you control over the types of food that they consume while getting them excited to try something new. During the process of preparing meals, children not only get to participate in a fun activity with the family, but they also learn valuable skills like reading,

This easy at-home scavenger hunt is a great activity while teaching them about their ABC’s. Supplies: Posterboard Colorful markers Sticky Notes Tape Instructions: Write the alphabet on a poster board Hang the poster board on the wall Write a letter on each sticky note Hide all the sticky notes all over the house Search for the sticky notes and match the letter found to a letter on the poster board

In a perfect world, our children would be well-liked among their peers and welcome additions to any classroom. However, children who have trouble controlling their emotions frequently act out, and this often leads to frustration and embarrassment for parents—not to mention negative consequences for the child at school. A child with behavioral problems may also have trouble making friends if their behavior makes them unpleasant to be around. If your

When we think of emotional intelligence, we usually think of it as a skill that adults need, but emotional intelligence begins to develop in childhood. Nurturing emotional intelligence in children is important for their success in interpersonal and social relationships in adulthood. Parents, caregivers, and teachers are tasked with finding effective ways to help children develop emotional intelligence to prepare them for a successful future. The concept of emotional intelligence

At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, one of our favorite things is reading to our students. The look of awe and wonder on a child’s face during an exciting book is so special. Whether it’s the fun, engaging writing or the detailed illustrations, a good book is not only good for the soul, but also for early development. That’s why we also encourage parents to read to their children at home. This

Children’s brains develop extremely fast, especially from birth to the age of 3. More broadly, the first eight years of a child’s life can build a foundation for future health and success. Research has demonstrated that quality early childhood is critical to proper brain development, and practically every experience during this time has a profound effect on brain growth. These experiences include interactions with parents, family, and caregivers, as well

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,

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