Category Archives: Parenting Tips and Strategies


How to empower your child through chores


As kids grow up, they still like to help, but we as adults sometimes become so accustomed to doing things for our children that we forget that they are fully capable of doing things for themselves. 

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Kansas City museums- a family treasure!


Museums are a great resource for families during the winter, especially in Kansas City. Activities abound for young children!

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Teaching through Transition Tricks


What is a transition, you might ask? A transition is a way to move a child or group of children from one task to another. The trick to a successful transition is what you make of it in the classroom. The more fun you have with the children, the more they find it fun. If […]

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Talking to Children about Tragedy


These days, the world feels more unsafe than ever. While the events of Las Vegas inspired me to write this post, there have been so many incidents that also warrant this information. It is important to remember that these tragedies are rare. It hardly feels that way, between our catastrophic hurricane season and several violent […]

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How to protect your children from the winter weather elements


Keeping young children safe and warm during the winter is a team effort. Young children are unaware of the dangers of extreme cold weather and more likely to lose body heat more quickly than adults. It is our duty as parents and/or teachers to keep children protected at all times while they are under our […]

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Winter wear self-help skills for the kindergartner


With the changing temperatures these last few weeks, the kiddos in my classroom have been chomping at the bit for that first snow storm.  They discuss all of the fun things that accompany the cooler weather: the first snowflake, snowmen they will build, hot cocoa, holiday traditions, and so on. Now as a teacher, I […]

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Using pumpkins as a sensory experience too


Preschoolers thrive off of sensory experiences and our Room 5 kiddos crave them like crazy! Each week the teachers in Room 5 try to put something new and different inside of a bucket (or on the classroom sensory table) for their students to smell, touch and see. One of the most popular sensory items that […]

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9 benefits of playing childrens’ board & card games


What your child most wants – and needs – is to be with you with no goal in mind beyond the joy of spending time together. She wants you to take pleasure in her, play with her, and listen to her. Nothing bolsters her self-esteem more! So why not pull out a board game or […]

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Teaching your preschooler to be thankful – all year long


During November, many of us will gather with family and we’ll feel thankful for our turkey dinners and our many blessings. Teachers will talk about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans and how they thanked each other for their kindness. It’s also a good time to think about how we teach our children to feel […]

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Keep academic skills sharp by playing board games this summer


Want to keep your child’s academic skills sharp this summer? Play a board game. We recently had game day at our school and I realized how many skills are involved in playing a game. Children enhance their small motor skills when they roll a dice, spin a spinner or move a board piece. Valuable lessons […]

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8 simple things you can to do combat the “summer slide”


“Summer slide” is when students lose some of the achievements that they have gained over the previous school year.  This happens when children do not engage in educational activities during the summer months.  Children often fall behind as much as two months!  While the “summer slide” is most prevalent among low-income families, it can occur […]

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Keeping your child on track during the holiday season


Isn’t this the time of year for children of all ages?  I don’t know who gets more excited – the child awaiting a special red-dressed fellow OR the parent who can’t wait to see the delight in their children’s eyes?  Whoever it is, this is the time of year when everyone gets busy scurrying here […]

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Teaching your preschooler to be thankful – all year long


During November, many of us will gather with family and we’ll feel thankful for our turkey dinners and our many blessings. Teachers will talk about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans and how they thanked each other for their kindness. It’s also a good time to think about how we teach our children to feel […]

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Easy steps to teach children to be thankful all year long!


Being thankful shouldn’t be reserved for one festive day in the month of November. There are simple things we can do, alone and as a family, to reinforce the importance of being thankful all year long. Get outside and enjoy nature.  Take time to spend time doing things with your child outside.  As you are […]

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Helping your young reader master sight words


“They,” “said,” and “to” are just a few of the many words that can be tricky for young readers.  Learning to recognize sight words is an essential part of learning to read and the skill helps children become more fluent readers.  Looking at a list and memorizing works for some students; however, many students need […]

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Getting your Children to Listen and Follow Directions


Have you ever wondered how you can get your children to listen better at home? Have you ever wondered how you can get your children to follow directions the FIRST time they are given? There are many ways that you can make this happen in your home!  Stop Nagging This can be a tough one. […]

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5 tips to make going back to school easier on everyone


August is upon us and the school supplies have been purchased and first-day outfits are being chosen! For many parents, there is hidden joy with the children going back to school. For others, there comes a sadness that the relaxation and the freedom summer brings is over. For my family it is always a mixture […]

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Talk and listen to your children


Plates, napkins, salt and pepper.  These ingredients are key to getting a behind-the-scenes look at your child’s day.  What?!  You’re likely asking yourself what these things have to do with your child’s day! Dinner time is a small piece of time, carved out of our busy days, when we get to sit together as a […]

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Kindergartners Thrive on Routine


In preschool, children are introduced to the routines of an academic environment with additional time for free play. As children mature and enter kindergarten, they develop an even stronger need for routine. Ask any kindergarten teacher what happens to their class when there is a change in the schedule, and they will surely tell you […]

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Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep?


All too often I see children coming to school who yawn, put their head on their desks, lay down on the floor, etc.  As a parent, I know that schedules and routines are important to our children.  I also know that at times, we must deviate from our regular routines for special events.  The problem […]

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Keeping your child on track during the holiday season


Isn’t this the time of year for children of all ages?  I don’t know who gets more excited – the child awaiting a special red-dressed fellow OR the parent who can’t wait to see the delight in their children’s eyes?  Whoever it is, this is the time of year when everyone gets busy scurrying here […]

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Teaching your preschooler to be thankful – all year long


During November, many of us will gather with family and we’ll feel thankful for our turkey dinners and our many blessings. Teachers will talk about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans and how they thanked each other for their kindness. It’s also a good time to think about how we teach our children to feel […]

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Be Proactive: You’re in Charge


The journey of Leader in Me begins as soon as my kindergartners enter the room on the first day of the school year at Brookridge Day School. The steps involved in this program are not meant to be mastered in a short period of time. In fact, we will be working on Habit 1 Be […]

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Teaching children the difference between fantasy and reality


As an adult in a child’s life, we are confronted with teaching our little ones the difference between fantasy and reality. It’s no small task. Young children have vivid imaginations to say the least. Monsters under beds or in closets, toys that come alive at night, these are the imaginary things that can feel very […]

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Teaching your preschooler values that last a lifetime


The values you teach your preschooler will follow her throughout life. It is important that your little one sees agreement in both parents. The values you teach now will be central to teaching manners and etiquette later. A child may be dressed to the nines, but if her behavior does not match her outward appearance, […]

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How to jumpstart your best school year yet!


Whether this is your family’s first school year or your tenth, we can all take advantage of some great tips from parenting coach Susan Epstein. The following are her steps to avoid the chaos so you can have the energy to fully enjoy your kids and the school experience. Tips from Susan Epstein: How do […]

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