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I can draw and write!

I can draw and write! By: E. Marowelli/ When that first week of Kindergarten comes, we can be sure our big five and six-year-olds will be picking up crayons and pencils every day. Certainly they will be writing their name, and coloring. But drawing is something you might not have thought about. Can your children…

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Helping children learn about emotions

By Carrie Shrier/   Mad, sad, happy, glad – we all experience a wide range of emotions every day. Learn more about how to help children with their emotions. It’s not uncommon to hear parents say, “I just want my kids to be happy!” Many families invest a lot of time, effort and energy in…

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Preschoolers are achieving big things every day!

By: E. Marowelli/ Preschoolers are achieving big things every day! They are using all of their energy to gather the skills they need to be fully self-sufficient people. As parents and caregivers, you have a great opportunity to give them the love and support that will help them to become great students. This can be…

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Don’t be Fooled IRS Scams Continue

By: Diane L. Bach/ Don’t be Fooled IRS Scams Continue Scammers are calling and using aggressive and threatening phone calls impersonating the IRS. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent years as scam artists threaten taxpayers with police arrest, seizure of property and assets, license revocation and more. The scam artists…

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Developing Fine Motor Muscles

By: Valorie Veld/ Fine motor control usually refers to the control of small movements of the hands and fingers focusing on the development of the small muscles in those areas.  Early childhood is the optimal time to exercise and develop those muscles.  Small muscle development and strength is needed for self-care activities such as using…

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Farm and garden activities for preschoolers during spring

By: Carrie Shrier/ Children are naturally interested in animals and plants, and springtime is the perfect season to engage them in science-related experiences in the outdoors. Gardening connects children to where their food comes from, and according to a study completed by Cornell University, increases their interest in eating a greater variety of fresh fruits…

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Reading Aloud!

By:Sarah Meikle Reading aloud to your child is more then a great bonding experience. Children who are read to aloud get a head start in language and literacy skills. You are your child’s first and most important teacher, and it’s never to early to start adding reading into your daily routines. Did you know that what occurs during the first 5 years…

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The Adventure of Toilet Training

By: Alexis Eggenberger, MSSA, BCBA/ The Adventure of Toilet Training Close your eyes, clear your mind, and concentrate on this phrase: Toilet training. What are the words and images that come to mind? For some parents, toilet training was easy. For others, not so much. Potty training can be very difficult for some children and…

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Beating Bedtime Battles

By: Cary Zavala, MA, LPC/ Beating Bedtime Battles Many families find the important daily task of getting children ready for bedtime a real struggle – a battle on some nights!  This month’s Early Childhood Education Series focused on helping parents understand they are not alone. Tips were offered to make the process a bit easier.…