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Literacy is everywhere

There are many things that you do every day, probably without even thinking about them, which promote early literacy at home. Research shows that when families support their children’s learning, they are more likely to succeed in school. What can you do to help the development of your child’s literacy skills?… Read More

Fun games to promote healthy eating habits!

We know kids are picky eaters, that’s why it’s important to instill good values at an early age. Healthy choices now empower children to make healthy decisions later in life. Easier said than done, right? It’s not! There are so many learning opportunities when exploring healthy versus unhealthy foods, food groups, and how to listen to our bodies… Read More

Saving money for back-to-school

Shopping for back-to-school can be a real drag on your wallet. With all the fun gear and high tech options available for kids these days it’s hard not to pass up the latest trends… Read More

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Literacy is everywhere

There are many things that you do every day, probably without even thinking about them, which promote early literacy at home. Research shows that when families support their children’s learning, they are more likely to succeed in school. What can you do to help the development of your child’s literacy skills?… Read More

Fun games to promote healthy eating habits!

We know kids are picky eaters, that’s why it’s important to instill good values at an early age. Healthy choices now empower children to make healthy decisions later in life. Easier said than done, right? It’s not! There are so many learning opportunities when exploring healthy versus unhealthy foods, food groups, and how to listen to our bodies… Read More

Saving money for back-to-school

Shopping for back-to-school can be a real drag on your wallet. With all the fun gear and high tech options available for kids these days it’s hard not to pass up the latest trends… Read More

Join us for Storytime LIVE!

Kiddie Academy will host two Storytime LIVE! events this summer — on July 25 and August 29. This free community event invites children and their parents to their local Kiddie Academy to enjoy a story together - and an in-person visit from the beloved Curious George… Read More

Everyday writing tips for kids

Just as you look for books to support reading with your kids, you should also provide opportunities to incorporate writing in planned activities and through spontaneous play. Young children can learn about literacy through everyday writing activities at home… Read More

Night and Day

School’s out, which means you’re probably looking for some fun ways to keep your kids occupied during the long summer days. Speaking of days, now is the perfect time to let the warm weather be your guide and open an opportunity for exploration of Night and Day!… Read More

The power of family meals

Between soccer practices, playdates and other scheduling conflicts, family mealtime may seem like a thing of the past. But eating dinner together as a family every night keeps the doors of communication open between parents and children. Furthermore, family dinners are also a perfect opportunity for moms and dads to let children know that they're a priority… Read More

Dad-friendly playtime ideas

If you haven’t noticed by now, the roles of mothers and fathers have begun to converge. And just as the American family changes, fatherhood is changing in important ways too, which is a good thing… Read More

Summer unplugged

It’s summer! Or at least it’s almost summer, which means beautiful weather and more opportunities for fun! Now is the perfect time to encourage healthier lifestyles by taking control of the electronic media in your life and rediscovering other leisure time activities. That means putting down your cell phones and computers and really living in the moment with your family. Sounds easy, right? Well, it is!… Read More

It’s all in the sign

Looking to open up the lines of communication with your baby or toddler? Sign language could be the key, since both a child’s understanding of language and motor skills develop much faster than the ability to speak… Read More

Everyday Car Activities

Parents and kids often find themselves logging mileage In-between school, projects or errands. We’re talking about car time, which can be a blessing and a curse for anyone with young kids. And as most parents can attest, finding suitable activities to occupy children makes it easier on everyone… Read More

Exploring our neighbors

Exploration is a fun way for kids to fill up the summer months once school is out. But finding ways to explore with your kids is another ballgame. Parents and children young and old can relate to their town or neighborhood, so why not take the opportunity to explore it together?… Read More

Little problem-solvers

Whether or not they know it, children use problem-solving skills on a constant basis. Teaching kids to be problem-solvers at a young age will take an active role in their world as they get older and ultimately help them value all kinds of thinking… Read More

Gearing up for Kindergarten

The preschool years go by fast, don’t they? If your child's preschool years are coming to an end, your thoughts are probably turning toward kindergarten. With that comes many mixed emotions, for both you and your child… Read More

A Guilt-Free Mother’s Day

If you’re a mom, you know what guilt feels like. And you’re likely thinking, “How in the world can I pull off a guilt-free Mother’s Day?” But it CAN happen! We moms just need a good nudging and encouragement sometimes… Read More

Library and Literacy

Do you remember your first trip to the library? Public libraries are a great resource for young children and can encourage a lifetime love of reading. Not only do libraries provide books, but oftentimes your local library may sponsor special programs, including story time for the little ones, summer reading programs, and homework help… Read More

A moment of laughter

When was the last time you gave yourself permission to laugh out loud? Laughter is fun, makes us feel good and can bring out the best in people. I guess that’s why they say laughter is the best medicine, right?… Read More

Enhancing Outside Time

Its spring, which means many families are heading outside to enjoy all the season has to offer. There are several benefits of outdoor play, many of which are educational. In fact, learning occurs best when the whole self is involved: mind and body… Read More

To camp or not to camp? That is the question.

The summer months can often create a lull in a child's learning, which can prove detrimental to their skills. In fact, the National Summer Learning Association states that children experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. That’s why summer camp programs are gaining popularity amongst working parents, and for good reason… Read More

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