Parents are tasked with teaching, protecting, and nurturing children while also providing life skills that help them develop into productive adults. As children grow, there are a variety of approaches to parenting that may be considered either beneficial or detrimental, depending on whom you ask. As parents become more educated about what works and what doesn’t, many are embracing positive parenting as a philosophy for raising resilient, capable, happy children.
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
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,
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
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,
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
The holidays are the main time of year when parents and caregivers are looking for the best educational toys for their children. School-age and preschool-age children benefit from a variety of fun, hands-on learning tools, while parents of older children are often looking for toys that focus more on core competencies like math, spelling, and reading. In addition to toys that promote language skills and reading, many brands are developing
At Little Sunshine’s, giving back to our 23 communities is so important to us, that’s why we’ve identified November as our month of “Giving Back”. Better yet, it’s our curriculum theme! That means we’re teaching the importance of helping thy neighbor to our students, the future leaders of America. In honor of our theme, we’ve compiled a list of five simple things you can do with your children to give
Learning to cook is a wonderful activity with many benefits for young children. It’s a great opportunity for some quality family time. Dinnertime is more exciting for kids when they get to help! Cooking expands your child’s vocabulary as they learn the names of their favorite foods. It also lets kids practice measuring ingredients and watching how they change when we mix them together. But the kitchen also comes with
What kid doesn’t love fruit? Here’s a simple summer snack you can make with your children for an afternoon at the lake or pool! Ingredients: One Watermelon (Sliced) Pint of Blueberries Supplies: Star cookie cutter Wooden skewers Instructions: Thread 7-10 blueberries onto the skewers Top skewer with watermelon star Serve and enjoy!