1. Answering “Why” Questions: Tips for Understanding and Handling Your Child’s Curiosity

    Why can’t I eat ice cream for dinner? Why is the grass green? Why do you go to work everyday? If your days are peppered with “why” questions from your little one, you’re not alone. Toddlers and preschoolers begin to ask why frequently and fervently, and it’s a normal part of their development. Why do kids ask “why”? Toddlers and preschool-age kids have unending curiosity about the wo…Read More

  2. Five Ways to Raise a Kind and Empathetic Child

    While so much emphasis is placed on academic achievement, physical fitness, and language and music learning, there is another essential skill that parents must impart to their children. Kindness is essential to the good character of a growing child, and instilling it in your child will be rewarding both for him and for the world around him as he grows. Model kindness. Think of opportunities you ca…Read More

  3. Spring Break Activities

    As our days get longer and the sun starts to peek through the winter clouds, it can only mean one thing—spring is coming! For those of you with children, that means that spring break is just around the corner. The staff at Child’s World Academy, Monroe’s Top Rated­® child care facility is looking forward to spending a week welcoming the change of seasons and the chance to spend as much tim…Read More

  4. STEM Activities You Can Do at Home with Your Child

    The winter can be a great time to focus on innovative indoor activities that will engage your young child. Preschool aged children, and even some toddlers, may be excited to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math from these simple crafts that can be done at home with just a few simple objects, and these activities are a great complement to the STEM knowledge your children are acqui…Read More

  5. 7 Tips for Building Productive Parent-Teacher Relationships

    Your relationship with your child’s daycare provider is one of the most important you’ll have in your child’s early years. Whether your child’s teachers are helping to acclimate your new baby to the infant room, move your toddler through important milestones, or get your preschool child started on a lifetime of learning, these are relationships which will require collaboration and mutual u…Read More

  6. Can Playing a Musical Instrument be Beneficial to Your Child’s Development?

    The short answer is “yes”. Numerous studies have focused on the brain development, vocabulary, reasoning, general intelligence, and social and emotional development of young children who have played a musical instrument and the findings support musical training as a means to further cognitive, fine motor, and emotional growth. Brain Development Because the human brain can respond to the way in…Read More

  7. Why Young Children Can Benefit From Learning a Second Language

    There are a multitude of reasons to learn a second language. Fluency in multiple languages promotes tolerance and cultural sensitivity, allows for an easier travel experience, and builds bridges between native speakers of differing languages. Recent research shows that young children can benefit greatly from learning multiple languages, specifically in the area of cognitive development. Research p…Read More

  8. Weekends Too Busy? Five Strategies for Taming Them

    We like to call it “activity creep”. First, your son’s friends all sign up for gymnastics, so you sign up, too. Then, your daughter expresses an interest in language lessons, so you find time to fit them in. Then the birthday party invitations roll in. And the play date invitations. The next thing you know, your weekends are so tightly scheduled that you and your kids are left exhausted by M…Read More

  9. Helping Your Introverted Child to Make Friends: Do’s and Don’ts

    It’s difficult for parents of introverted children to watch their child struggle to initiate conversations, make friends, and socialize in large groups of other children. You can’t force your child to act in an extroverted manner, and you can’t make friends for him, but there are small ways in which you can help him to extend himself in social situations. Do’s: Do try to role play with you…Read More

  10. From Preschool to Grade School: Signs Your Child is Ready

    As your preschooler goes from “still a toddler” to “big kid”, you’re likely starting to think about grade school, and how your child will cope once he has graduated from his preschool environment and is going to elementary school everyday. Is your child ready? Here are ten signs that he is ready to pack his book bag and get started! Can follow basic directions. No kid is going to obey th…Read More