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Teach Science to Preschoolers

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Children ages 3 to 5 years old are incredibly curious, inquisitive, enthusiastic bundles of energy who are so ready to absorb everything presented to them. If you plan exciting lessons, preschool-age children are always ready to learn. This is especially true of hands-on science experiments. Rather than teaching preschool-age children all the steps of the scientific process, I like to focus on teaching them two terms: prediction and observation.

For prediction, I ask the question “What do you think will …

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The importance of Being Bored 2 The Importance of Being Bored

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We are winding down the summer weeks and it is easy, as parents, to look at our bag of tricks and realize that we’ve burned through most of our ideas. We’ve taken the family trips, we’ve done the crafts, taken picnics…, and we’ve cleaned the closets. Summer camps and

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5 Preschool Math Activity for Hands on Learning 5 Simple Preschool Math Activities

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Before young children are able to perform simple mathematical operation…s, like addition and subtraction, they must first understand that the visual representation of a number, the way it is written, represents a set or quantity. For example, if I see the number 5 written on a piece of paper,

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Easy way to get kids to do chores - Awesome "secret chore missions". How to Make Summer Chores Fun

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I don’t know about you but I’ve redesigned our chore chart… more times than I can count. This summer, I’ve finally found an easy way to mix up our regular chore chart and get the kids motivated to help around the house. We’ve snuck in a few extra chores and

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Family sitting outdoors smiling 5 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Emotional Health

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Today, every child needs to be prepared for the time when they’ll accidentally be exposed to pornography, which can cause distress and isolation behaviors in children….   “Crash and tell” is a common method to teach.  But often, children are ashamed of telling or scared of what will happen, so

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2276369296_1ab951d422_z Nanny or Daycare: How To Decide

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When I returned to work following the birth of my first son, I never even considered hiring a nanny. I had several reasons – primarily vouchers through my work that enabled me to put my son in a center right near my office. However, if I am being honest, I…

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Toddler for the Arrival of a New Baby 5 Ways to Prepare Your Toddler for the Arrival of a New Baby

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In 12 weeks, our cute little family of three will become a family of four. As the proud aunt to six adorable nieces and nephews (and a quasi-aunt to countless friends’ kids), I’ve witnessed the addition of a new baby to a family… many, many times, and have come up

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graduation1 4 Things Every High School Graduate Should Do This Summer

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High School is over and your graduate is probably going on senior trips and relaxing for the summer. Did they really graduate? Where did that time go? It seems like yesterday you were helping them with their homework and teaching them how to drive.





I’ve thought a lot about this

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How to Help Children Identify Emotions How to Help Children Identify Emotions With Cupcakes

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Learning how to help children identify emotions isn’t something most parents research a lot unless their children have a challenge with it. But, the earlier we can help our kids recognize what they’re feeling, the sooner we can work with them on appropriate ways to express how… they’re feeling.

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kids in the kitchen Summer Break: 5 Tips to Keep You on Task This Summer

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It can be tough to feel like you have a solid routine during the summer when the kids are out of school and between activities. If it’s not time for summer camp…, it means the kids are at home and yearning for something to occupy those long days. While

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