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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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A Bedtime Routine for a Good Night’s Sleep

  Whether you have an infant, toddler, preschooler, or preteen, a good bedtime routine means a good night sleep. Of course, finding a bedtime routine that works for both you and your child can often seem a daunting task. A positive bedtime routine means the difference between unending sleepless nights and limitless restful nights. The Bedtime Routine Calm, pleasant bedtime rituals can help you and your child make the transition from wake to sleep every night. Starting early and creating a bedtime routine that works will serve you and your child through the years. A bedtime routine is simply the […]

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How to Prevent this Season’s Cold and Flu

Cold and flu season is here. That means children, parents, teachers, and caregivers, as well as others who live and work in the public will be exposed cold and flu germs. Everyone who lives in the public, which is every one of us – children and adults need to know how to keep germs at bay to stay healthy all season long! Wash Those Hands! Children and adults come in contact with a number of others who are contagious, carrying germs which spread quickly and easily, especially in the cooler temperatures of fall and winter. Of course, this means you […]

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Home Daycare Versus Child Care Center

In today’s society, when both parents often work outside the home, the need for quality child care continues to grow. Fathers and mothers want the best for their children, especially in regard to caring for their kids. The first five years of a child’s life are regarded as the formative years and knowing that, parents often feel the pressure to find the ideal environment and caregivers for their children. There are a number of options for child care including home daycare environments and child care centers. And there is lots to consider when choosing child care for your children. Does […]

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Raising Siblings without Rivalry

Raising siblings without rivalry, is it possible? Or even practical? Practical maybe, but possible, some of you are probably shaking your head from side to side, thinking it is the impossible dream. If you are the parent of more than one child, you have, in all likelihood, already seen the potential for sibling rivalry in your family. Each of your little ones has a distinct personality, which can lead to conflicts, which if not held in check, can lead to sibling rivalry. No one likes to see their children fight, so we’ve compiled some tips to help you raise siblings […]

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