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Planning for Summer with Little Ones

Summer is almost here! Now is the time to plan for that special time where, as parents, you get to spend more time with your children. While some of you will have more time to share than others, being without a plan can make summertime feel more like drudgery than fun! Whether you’ll be spending all summer long with your kids, or only a few weeks and weekends with them, here are some planning tips to make summer fun and enjoyable for every member of the family. Planning Summer Week by Week This is not an exercise for your mind, […]

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Family Fun for Mother’s Day

Let’s face it, mom is the master of celebration, the one family member who always ensures that special dates are remembered and celebrated from birthdays to anniversaries to holidays and more! Mother’s Day is once more upon us and is the perfect time to celebrate mom and show her the well-deserved love and appreciation she doles out all year long. Since you know that mom’s favorite way to celebrate any occasion is with the ones she loves, lets explore some great ideas the whole family can enjoy. Start an Annual Mother’s Day Award Ceremony Just like the Academy Awards, you’ll […]

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Great Learning Activities for Spring

Spring is a great time for learning activities with children, because spring themes are eye-catching, colorful, and fresh – perfect for capturing the interest of any child and sparking their abilities to create and learn! Here is a collection of learning activities that your children are sure to enjoy, especially when you do them together. Go for a Walk Pick a warm, pretty spring day and head outside for walk. To begin, explain that you’ll be playing a game called I Spy as you walk. Your kids will ‘spy’ clouds, blue sky, green grass, budding leaves, birds, flowers, rocks, maybe […]

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Family Fun for Spring Break

Spring break often means vacation time for families. Whether your spring break means a much-needed family getaway, a visit to grandma and grandpa’s house or simply some time off, the important things is that your family has the chance to rest and recharge as you gear up for the final stretch of the school year. ABC Learning Center knows the importance of spring break to families and teachers, so here you’ll find some ideas for fun and healthy activities to enjoy as a family. Take a Trip Traveling together as a family is a great way to make beautiful memories […]

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Fitting in Read Aloud Time with Your Kids

Today’s families are busy, and every day is filled with activities and obligations. Even so, as a parent, you can still find the time to enjoy reading with your children. It doesn’t take long, and the rewards are endless! Here are some ways to share precious one-on-one time with your child and reconnect as you find a few moments in each day to settle down, snuggle up, and read together. The Benefits of Reading Aloud Read aloud time with your children helps to develop your connections and build on them. Researchers have shown that not only do kids love the […]

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Helping Your Child Get Ready for Kindergarten

Here at ABC Learning Center, teachers are often asked about the skills and knowledge little ones need to have before they head off to kindergarten. Parents and caregivers often expect a numbered list of academic abilities which, of course, will give children a boost in kindergarten. But often, more important are the behavioral skills children need to succeed when they start kindergarten. Preschoolers who have mastered some basic behaviors are the most ready for kindergarten and when they arrive they also help to make the classroom a more fun and productive place. Think about it, every time a kindergarten teacher […]

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Understanding Your Little One’s Language Development

As children grow and develop physically, their brain is also growing and developing rapidly, particularly in the area of language. The more children are exposed to speech and language as well as other sights and sounds, the greater their language development. It is exciting when your child begins talking, though many parents wonder if their child is reaching developmental language milestones at the appropriate time. The truth is every child is unique and special, developing at his or her own pace. Even so, there are common developmental speech milestones that come during the first four years. Here are the milestones […]

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Teaching Good Manners to Your Children

As a parent, you want your children to grow up with good manners, being polite wherever they go. Of course, sometimes this seems easier said than done, but at ABC Learning Center, we are here to help you accomplish that goal. Like you, we know that teaching children good manners early on means a lifetime of politeness and good manners as they get older. Good manners are simply good habits, improved by repetition and practice, and encouraged with praise. Here are some helpful tips on teaching good manners to your children at three developmental stages – toddler, preschool, and kindergarten. […]

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Encouraging Cognitive Development in Preschoolers

Preschoolers today start out in a very social environment from birth. Not only are they influenced by parents, grandparents, and siblings, but also teachers, classmates, culture, values and items like books, toys, and electronics. Each social encounter can enhance cognitive development and growth. As preschoolers grow from age three to five, their thinking ability is growing by leaps and bounds. The begin to comprehend the use of symbols as representation and use logic to learn how and why things work. Even so, their little minds still have a long way to grow cognitively. At ABC Learning Center, we know the […]

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Keep the Winter Blues Away!

For many children and adults, winter falling temperatures bring along a downward shift in mood. Often called the Winter Blues or Winter Blahs, this moodiness can be a short-lived phase or a more serious sign of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or winter depression. You may have heard of SAD, depression that follows the season, in relation to adults, but teenagers and even young children can suffer from it as well. What to Look For As much as 20 percent of the population experience mild symptoms as winter approaches. The shortened daylight hours tend to bring on sadness, making even the […]

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