Most children love to dance and sing, but did you know they can also learn through rhymes, music and movement. Learning music often leads to enhanced language skills. Children with stronger language skills are able to express their needs more clearly at a younger age, which increases your child’s ability to learn more effectively. Language is not the only benefit of musical education. If children have a successful music experience
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,
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
Parents and teachers agree that math is one of the most important subjects for preparing young children for later academic success and future careers. A substantial body of research establishes the importance of math in early childhood education: A 2007 study found that math concept understanding at kindergarten entry predicted later math and reading achievement. In 2010, researchers found math skills at kindergarten entry were a stronger predictor of general
Using unconventional and creative containers in the classroom is one way to implement the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Adults may think of a container as something that merely holds objects, but children see containers as part of the activity or something to build with. Containers, when used properly, can help invite children to engage with objects and spark their imagination. They can build with containers or use containers to sort objects
August is Family Fun Month, so it’s the perfect time to spend extra time with your family before the craziness of Fall is upon us! We’ve compiled a list of 5 fun (& free!) things for you to do as a family throughout the month! Cooking Class Create your very own cooking class right inside your own kitchen! Put together an easy, fun recipe that the whole family can participate
Dinosaur Eggs Materials: Water 1 1/4 c. dirt 1 1/4 c. flour 3/4 c. salt 1/2 c. sand Small plastic dinosaurs Mix dry ingredients and start adding water slowly until it holds form. Form mixture in an egg shape around each plastic dinosaur and allow them to dry in the sun. Once hardened, break the eggs open with your child to discover the dinosaurs inside!
Color sorting and counting are crucial abilities that we strive to master here at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse! Today’s post has a great activity that will help to tackle both abilities, plus a number of others when you get creative!
Gather your family to make a fire evacuation plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Draw a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm. For easy planning, use an escape planning grid from the National Fire Protection Association. This is a great way to get children involved in
Marshmallow Stamped Polar Bears Materials: Blue construction paper Pencil Tempera paint (white and black) Marshmallows Brush Show your child how to draw a polar bear out of simple shapes: circle, half of a circle (ears) and a part of a triangle for the body, then have him/her draw a polar bear on blue paper. Dip marshmallow in white paint to stamp head and body. Use a brush and black paint