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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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From Angry to Calm: How to Help Your Child

Everyone experiences anger at time, from little ones to adults, and those with a natural proclivity toward anger have a more difficult time. Part of parenting is finding a way to help children calm down regardless of their emotions, in any situation. This becomes especially important for little ones who are preparing to enter a classroom in a preschool or a school setting. Here are a few ways to help you little one get a grip on their anger. Create a Strong Connection with Your Child Children who are share a strong bond with their parent(s) have less anger. These […]

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The Benefits of Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)

In 2005, Florida became one of the first states in the U.S. to offer prekindergarten for all 4-year olds. The Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) programs are free, not income based, and give all children the opportunity to experience early education. The program, signed into law, by then Governor Jeb Bush, is designed to expose children to literature, language, social skills, and prepare them for a brighter future. Research has shown children soak up information in their early years and VPK early learning programs feed that innate desire to learn and ultimately benefit the children their entire life. Since the program began […]

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Teaching Kindness to Kids

As parents and teachers, we all know that teaching kindness to kids is one of our most important jobs. For you, as parents, you want to teach kindness to your own children, but you also influence the learning of the children of family and friends, as well as your children’s friends and classmates. For teachers, teaching kindness in our classroom and our overall educational environment is crucial. The task is not easy, because, let’s face it, we all know young children are egocentric. It takes a great deal of effort to teach them to recognize others needs and even more […]

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8 Fun Summer Crafts For Kids That Are Simple To Make & Clean Up

Need a good way to keep your kids entertained on those long summer days? These fun summer crafts for kids are the perfect form of entertainment. Not only do they keep kids entertained, but also, they help improve eye-hand coordination, creativity and other important skills. Plus, by offering regular arts and crafts at home you give your child a leg up in school. #1. Scrappy Monogram Make or buy a plain oversized wooden or paper cutout of your child’s first or last initial.  Tell your child he or she can decorate it any way to represent who they are. Offer […]

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