Ready to Write

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

One of the roles I am fortunate enough to get to play is facilitator for the parenting class READY! For Kindergarten. In this class we focus on skills that parents can teach their kids through fun, everyday activities and give each family new “tools” (aka awesome toys!) that they can take with them to encourage their child’s brain development. The great thing about this curriculum is that these activities can really improve a child’s development and kindergarten readiness in just ten minutes a day…and they are fun! Continue reading

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The Summer of Bruises and Band-Aids; Teaching our Kids Self-care

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

This has been a summer made up of bruises and band-aids in our home. For  a while there it seemed like the “owies” just wouldn’t stop! We’ve lost count of the amount of cuts, scrapes and “owies” my son has had, and in the month of July we’ve had eight trips to the doctor/dentist between the four of us!  It has definitely been a painful month and one where we spent most of our “vacation” time trying to recuperate and get healthy. Thankfully there were no major “owies” and we managed to learn a few lessons along the way. Continue reading

Summer School

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

Have you seen the Hub’s most recent newsletter? In this edition a familiar author 😊 mentions the “summer reading slide” and how students can often lose progress they’ve made in reading (and other subjects) over the summer months if they aren’t reading like they did during the school year. Continue reading

Affirmations

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

How often do you say “I love you” to your young children? I’m guessing pretty frequently. We caregivers know the value of assuring our children that they are loved. But, how often do you praise your children? And an even better question…how often do you say “no” or admonish your children for poor behavior?

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Reading With Wigglers

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

How amazing is it when our little toddlers love to read? They grab books and look up at you with those adorable eyes asking you to read to them. It’s hard for your heart not to melt as those precious little ones climb up on your lap and get excited about their favorite book. Continue reading