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

At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool, we encourage all interested families with preschoolers and pre-kindergarteners to participate in a trial exploratory day.  We schedule these for two hours during the most active period of the day so the child and parents can get a glimpse of our daily schedules, which include circle time, art class, outdoor play and so much more! This important day servers many purposes.  It slowly introduces

Leaving your children in the care of others can be hard and stressful for parents. Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool® is proud to offer peace of mind for parents through our secured Kiddie Cams™, a proprietary tool that allows parents of enrolled students to view our classrooms in real-time from monitors placed within the school, and our LuvNotes™ platform, a tool developed by Little Sunshine’s Playhouse to help maintain open

Reading at home is a very important part of a child’s development. Not only do we read to students in the classroom, but at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool we also encourage parents to read to their children at home. It creates a connection between the home and school and allows students the opportunity to practice new reading skills. As a Reggio Emilia school, we ensure monthly book selections are age appropriate. Read

It’s National Bagel Day, and we love a good bagel! We like plain bagels, blueberry bagels, and onion bagels. We like cream cheese, peanut butter, and smoked salmon on our bagels. Not all three toppings on one bagel, though, because that would be gross. But, we like a lot of bagels, and we think we probably aren’t the only ones. So, what’s your idea of the perfect bagel? Check out

Easy Pies to Make with your Children: At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool, National Pie Day one of our most favorite holidays to celebrate. There are pies for all kinds and every occasion– apple, chocolate, no-bake, creamy, ones with topping, sugar-free, birthdays, holidays, and just-because-it’s-Tuesday pies. We hope you get to celebrate by eating your favorite pie. Here are a few recipes that are so easy your children can help

Parent involvement in a child’s education is incredibly critical to optimal development and helping a child reach his/her full potential. Supporting evidence is overwhelming. Research shows parent involvement not only leads to higher academic achievement, greater cognitive competence, and better problem-solving skills (Melhuish, Sylva, Sammons et al., 2001), but also extends beyond educational achievement. Children develop greater self-control, improved mental health, show advanced social and emotional development, become more resilient

Little Sunshine’s November curriculum theme is Giving Back. Before bedtime or at the dinner table would be good times to discuss with children what they are grateful for. Also, November is a great time to give back to your community. We’ve compiled a list of 5 things you can do as a family to give back to your neighbors and community. Volunteer at a local food shelter, working together to

With the winter months, comes the dreaded season of sickness. Keeping kiddos illness-free is easier said than done, especially in a preschool setting, but following a few winter blues rules will help in keeping the flu monster out of your house this year!     1. Wash Your Hands Consistently washing your hands is the most effective method of staying healthy. Make sure you are teaching your kiddos proper hand

As a way to tie into our curriculum this month at school (ALL ABOUT ME/I AM SPECIAL), below is a great list of 10 ways to boost your kiddo’s self-confidence! Teach good manners Stay away from comparisons Assign your child age-appropriate household chores that accentuates their strengths Compliment when they succeed Encourage when they don’t succeed Be a mirror of your own self confidence Let them make decisions, based upon