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10 House-hold Items That Make Great Stocking Stuffers for Kids
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8 Car Seat Safety Tips for Safer Travels
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DC Parents, Don’t Miss the Sing, Talk & Read (STAR) Family Festival!
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Tips for Transitioning From Preschool to Kindergarten
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What’s the Best Teaching Style for Your Child’s Personality?
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4th of July Family Fun
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Child Care Centers Go Green: How to Choose a Healthy Environment for Your Kids
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Great Father’s Day Ideas
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Why Choose a Montessori Preschool?
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7 Fun Ideas for Memorial Day Staycation

10 House-hold Items That Make Great Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Last year I wrote a post about affordable items that can serve as 10 Fun Stocking Stuffers Your Kids Will Love for Under $5. That blog post got me thinking of other great gift ideas for 2014. This year I decided to come up with a list of objects that we as adults consider ordinary, but which will arouse children’s curiosity, and most importantly for us as parents, will keep them busy! 😉  Here’s my new list of household-items-turned-toys as stocking stuffers that will definitely not break your wallet!

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8 Car Seat Safety Tips for Safer Travels

D id you know that there is a 75-90% misuse rate for car seats? With statistics that high the odds are that you are making at least one mistake that could compromise the safety of your child during a car accident.  This week marks Child Passenger Safety week and we would like to share 8 tips that you can use to reduce the misuse of car seats.

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DC Parents, Don’t Miss the Sing, Talk & Read (STAR) Family Festival!

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On Saturday, September 13, round up your kids and visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for a day of family fun, food, prizes and most importantly, free resources!

imageThe Sing, Talk & Read (STAR) Family Festival, which will be held at 901 G St. NW, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is part of DC Public Library’s Sing, Talk & Read DC Campaign, which encourages parents to play an active role in their child’s early education by singing, talking and reading to their babies and very young children.

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Tips for Transitioning From Preschool to Kindergarten

S o you’ve gotten through daycare and preschool, now what? Kindergarten can be a big transition for your little one, especially if they are going from a private center to a public school. They are leaving everyone that has become familiar to them behind and have to learn how to cope with the higher demands that come along with being a kindergartener. Here are some ways to assist you as a parent in guiding them along the way:

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What’s the Best Teaching Style for Your Child’s Personality?

W e all know that children have individual personalities of their own and that everyone learns differently. Some of us are more hands on than others, some prefer the abstract world, and some would like tangible puzzles to solve. Let’s take a look at some different personality combinations in children based off of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Knowing your child’s personality type will help you figure out the teaching philosophy that suits her best. After an overview of different personality traits, you’ll see a list of teaching philosophy options and how they best match your child’s traits.

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4th of July Family Fun

I t’s almost that time of the summer again when fireworks and red, white, and blue take over! With young kids your plans may have changed a little since when you were young but we’ve got you covered on all the family- appropriate fun there is to be had!

  • A Colorful Breakfast
    Start your independence day off together in the kitchen to fill your tummies with American goodness! Get the kids involved and let them help make their own breakfast. Be sure to stock the house before with all the ingredients you’ll need for patriotic parfaits and yummy red, white, and blue pancakes that everyone will love!

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Child Care Centers Go Green: How to Choose a Healthy Environment for Your Kids

Going “green” and becoming more sustainable has grown to become an attractive and popular trend for many companies and organizations. Not only is it great for the environment, but those things that are harmful to the environment can also be unsafe for your children. When looking for childcare, things like wall paints, pest control practices and cleaning supplies are likely the last to cross your mind.  However, making sure that your center of choice is conscious of these things is important.

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Great Father’s Day Ideas

As I was checking out the greeting card aisle, searching for the perfect Father’s Day card, I came upon a particular realization.  I picked up one after another that looked just like the last and I realized that society has completely conditioned us into associating our fathers with ties, a symbol that strictly reflects the working world and yet has nothing to do with what the holiday is actually about, family

We are accustomed to believe that ties, cufflinks and another pair of socks are the way to Dad’s heart, but what if what he really desires is something that costs less money and requires more thought? A present and a card will never compensate for quality time with the man who brought you into this world. Here are a couple ideas to get your wheels turning for Father’s Day.

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Why Choose a Montessori Preschool?

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Typical care times: 9am – 12:30pm, with afternoon or evening care Ages: 3-5 years old, preferably potty trained Philosophy:Play is a child’s work

Overview
If you’re starting to look for a preschool, you have undoubtedly come across the highly popular Montessori program, but what exactly is it? The Montessori method of teaching was developed in the early part of the 20th century by Maria Montessori of Rome who developed a method of teaching that places a great deal of emphasis on individual-based creative, hands-on learning and student independence, all while allowing the students to be academically stimulated.

In a Montessori program, kids ranging in age from 3-5 all share the same room, with the older kids acting as role models for their younger peers. The students will typically have the same teacher (or “guide” as they are frequently known in Montessori schools) for several years which allows students to develop a closer relationship with their instructor.

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7 Fun Ideas for Memorial Day Staycation

We hope you are just as excited as we are to officially kick off the summer with some family fun this Memorial Day. If going away for the weekend isn’t feasible this year, we’ve got you covered! We have some fun, inexpensive ways for you to celebrate patriotically with your kids.

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