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Celebrating National Book Month: Help Your Child Develop a Love for Learning through Reading

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It’s National Book Month, which means there is no better time to help your child develop a love for learning through reading. Children who read are more likely to perform better in all school subjects. They have larger vocabularies and are more confident in their academic career. Reading is fundamental for children of all ages. The toddler and preschool years are the best time to help your child develop a love of reading. Read on for some great tips to help your child fall in love with reading and learning.

Make It Fun

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Make reading interesting for your kids

If you make reading seem like a chore, your child is likely going to treat it like a chore. Reading should be another form of playtime. Show your child that reading is a special time for you to spend together. Choose a special place like a cozy chair or hammock to cuddle and read a book. Read stories in exciting voices to make the characters come to life and enhance your child’s experience. Kids today are used to videos and apps, so anything you can do to make the story more exciting is a plus!

Discuss and Extend

After you have finished the book, have a discussion with your child. Talk about parts they did or did not like. Analyze choices the characters made. Ask your child questions about setting and the plot. Kids love to share their opinion and getting them to talk about what they read will help with comprehension. Once you have finished a story, see what connections you can make. If the characters in the book baked cookies, make cookies. If they created an art project, let your child do a similar project. Making connections with the book strengthens comprehension. It also gets your child excited about what happens in the story.

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Closing the Preschool Gap: Help Your Child Reap the Benefits of Early Childhood Education

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If you wait until kindergarten to start your child in formal education, your child may already be behind. Studies show the benefits of early childhood education for children who go to preschool have a head start on those who do not.

Short-Term Benefits of Early Learning

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Preschool helps give a child structure

There are immediate benefits when providing your child with an early learning opportunity to close the preschool gap. One of the best reasons to go this route is to introduce your child to formal learning.

While much of the learning is done through play, it still has a purpose. Your child will develop an understanding of the difference between play and learning play. They will also have the chance to learn in a group and become comfortable with the school setting.

Learning is easier for young children whose brains absorb all the information they can. A report by the National Center for Education Statistics show 65 percent of children between four and five could recognize shapes and numbers. Other preschool vs. no preschool statistics support this finding. Preschool age children are often readier to learn than what parents might expect.

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How You Can Teach Your Child Courtesy During National Courtesy Month

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Our ultimate goal as parents is to prepare our children to face the world and hope that they help to make it a better place.

September is National Courtesy Month. The American culture is so fast and impersonal these days that it is easy to forget the rules of politeness that once governed our society. Take advantage of this month’s focus on courtesy as a chance to teach your children skills that will let them reap lifelong benefits.

You’re their First Teacher

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Teach the children about good manners

Children aren’t born knowing how to hate. They aren’t inherently rude. In fact, children are born with an innate need to please their parents. That being said, bad habits are often learned from their environment.

The good news? You are your child’s first teacher. Encouraging good habits and manners from day one can set your child up for success. Even before your child says their first words, they are observing the customs of their environment. If you want them to say “please,” “thank you”, and “excuse me”, do so in front of them. Be courteous to others.

National Courtesy Month is also a good time to reflect on your own habits. Hold open doors and hand out compliments.

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August is National Eye Exam Month: 5 Ways Eye Health Affects Your Child’s Performance in School

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August is National Eye Exam Month, it is also the month most kids get ready to go back to school. With both things in mind, getting a comprehensive eye exam should be on your back-to-school checklist.

As a child’s body grows, their eyes go through changes. Sometimes, these changes are gradual. So gradual, that the child gets used to the change without noticing it. Your child may not have any problems with blurry vision or headaches. An annual back to school eye exam will ensure your child’s health, development and school performance. In the spirit of National Eye Exam Month. Here is how eye health affects your child.

School Performance

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Take your child for an eye test

The most obvious reason to have an annual exam is to ensure your child can do well in school. If your child cannot see at a distance, they will miss out on critical information presented on a board or screen. For kids who cannot see things close up, reading and written assignments become a challenge.

You may only detect a problem when your child’s grades start to slip. Having an annual exam will detect eye issues before school even starts. It should become a normal part of your back-to-school routine.

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Back to School Tips for Preschool Parents: 7 Ways to Help Your Child Settle In

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Kindergarten is the place where young children go to socialize and learn how to follow rules. Today preschool also takes on the roles of socializing, playing, and learning how to be in school. Preschool lays the foundation for success in kindergarten.

By age 5, research shows that 90% of a child’s brain has already developed. This statistic shows how vital preschool is to your child’s success. Preschool is for all young children. It has been shown to be especially beneficial poor and disadvantaged kids. The stress that accompanies disadvantaged children influences their cognitive development. Dual-Language learners also benefit from preschool.

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Prepare your child to go back to school

Preschool is for all kids in 3- to 5-year age range. Some kids are exposed to rich language, books, and experiences. These kids are getting early learning all the time. Studies show that the connection between home and school is also important for children to get the most out of their preschool years.

The countdown to school should not begin in July. It should begin well before your child is preschool age. Reading to your child is one of the best activities to promote language development. Reading every day is one of the best activities you can do to prepare your child for preschool.

Transitioning to preschool can be difficult for kids and their families. As parents, it can be overwhelming to think about your small child heading off to school. The best thing we can do for them is to set them up for success. Going to school for the first time or going back to school after a break can be challenging. Preparing your child for these changes is vital to their success in those first days and weeks.

How do we accomplish this task? Check out these 7 back to school tips for preschool parents. Under each tip is a list of back-to-school ideas for parents.

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7 Ways Summer School Helps Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

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The jump from preschool to Kindergarten can be jarring for your little one. Summer school is a good way to ease the transition. The best thing you can do for your child is to allow them to continue their learning through the summer months. This will go a long way in preparing your child for Kindergarten.

Summer enrichment at a reputable Kindergarten prep program such as The Apple Tree Learning Centers has been proven to improve school performance, help with social development, and keep them excited to learn!

Here are 7 ways that a summer enrichment program prepares your child for Kindergarten.

1. Ride the Momentum of The School Year

Learning should not stop just because the school year is over. Throughout the school year your child has established a learning routine. There is no reason to let that momentum crash. A summer of learning will give your child an advantage going into Kindergarten.

2. A Summer School Program Introduces Children to a More Structured School Environment

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Summer school introduces school structure

Kindergarten classrooms require more of children than preschool does. A summer program introduces your child to the new environment and what will be expected of him or her.

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7 Ways to Enjoy National Ice Cream Month with Your Children & Stay Healthy

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July is National Ice Cream Month. This probably makes your kids very happy and your waistline a little concerned. It’s hot, and eating the cool treat sounds like a fun way to turn the temperature down. However, one cup of the dessert has about 260 calories and 14 grams of fat. How do you celebrate National Ice Cream Month and stay healthy at the same time? Chill out. It’s possible.

  1. Try Low Calorie Ice Cream

You don’t have to pack on the calories to enjoy your favorite icy delight. Many brands offer low-calorie versions of your favorite flavors. These alternatives aren’t always so healthy, though. They’re often loaded with artificial sweeteners and preservatives. After all, you have to replace the fat and calories with something else, right?

Eat This, Not That ranked Halo Top Vanilla as the best diet option out there. One pint contains 240 calories. You don’t have to challenge yourself to stop when you’re halfway through. Plus, it contains healthy fats, has no fake sweeteners and is low in sugar. Your kids won’t know the difference. Neither will you.

  1. Go For Low Sugar Ice Cream

When you cut back on sugar, you may end up consuming fewer calories. Plus, keeping sugar away from your kiddos can prevent them from turning into hyper little monsters.

So Delicious No Sugar Added Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert is sweetened with natural stevia. It contains healthy fats from coconuts. You can feel good about feeding this to your family.

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7 Summer Reading Tips to Prevent Summer Brain Drain with your Preschooler

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Parents of preschoolers in Tucson, Arizona may be looking for reading tips to help their preschool student retain skills and knowledge over the summer break. These seven tips are only some of the ways parents can encourage their preschoolers to love learning even in the summertime.

Choose Read-Alouds That Connect with Summer Activities

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Read out loud with your kids

Part of making summer enrichment fun for your child is choosing preschool reading books about subjects he or she enjoys. One way to do this is to choose books about summer activities you plan to do, are currently doing, or have recently done. Going to the beach, camping, swimming in a pool, and having a picnic have all been the subjects of books for preschoolers. A children’s librarian can recommend others.

Create a Family History Book to Document Your Summer

By making a book together, your family can extend the love of reading into a love of writing and using one’s imagination. This summer preschool enrichment activity allows you and child to work together. Use things the family did over the summer, coming up with imaginative words and images to describe them. Then create a tangible keepsake that you and your child can re-read any time.

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