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I have always said a Schedule makes a HUGE difference.start early on your child's bedtime routine even nap schedules. Regular Bedtime at Early Childhood Crucial for Brain Development - good info for parents! Children Photography, Family Photography, White Photography, Irish Baby Names, Ways To Sleep, Daylight Savings Time, Sleep Deprivation, Jolie Photo, Sons

Regular Bedtime at Early Childhood Crucial for Brain Development

Putting children to sleep at a regular bedtime during early childhood boosts brain development, a new study claims.

The Best Children’s Books of 2015 Drew Daywalt, Kevin Henkes, Pictures Plus, Only Child, Save My Life, Teaching Reading, Book Recommendations, Childcare, Early Childhood

The Best Children’s Books of 2015

Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews “Waiting” by Kevin Henkes; “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña; “The Only Child” by Guojing; “Toys Meet Snow” by Emily Jenkins; “The Day the Crayons Came Home” by Drew Daywalt; “Goodbye Stranger” by Rebecca Mead; “The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; “The Nest” by Kenneth Oppel; “The Hired Girl” by Laura Amy Schlitz; and “Symphony for the City of the Dead” by M.T. Anderson.

Every baby develops at his own pace, but here are some common motor, social, cognitive, and verbal skills you can expect to see around your child's first birthday.: Verbal Skills Commonly Mastered by Age 1 Early Intervention Program, Object Permanence, Sensory Games, One Year Old, 1 Year Olds, Early Childhood Education, Toddler Preschool, Early Learning, Social Skills

Help Your Child Develop – Play Some Sensory Games! | Fairfax and Arlington Child Care | Sparkles! Early Learning Academy

Sensory development is important to children’s growth. When children take part in activities that require the senses, their brains learn to process sights, sounds, smells and tastes, as well as feelings related to touch. Processing helps children translate a sensory experience into something meaningful. For example, a child might hear soft music and learn to associate it with the feeling of calming down. There are many fun ways to help children learn through the senses. Here are a few…

Every baby develops at his own pace, but here are some common motor, social, cognitive, and verbal skills you can expect to see around your child's first birthday.: Verbal Skills Commonly Mastered by Age 1 Early Intervention Program, Object Permanence, Sensory Games, One Year Old, 1 Year Olds, Early Childhood Education, Toddler Preschool, Early Learning, Social Skills

Help Your Child Develop – Play Some Sensory Games! | Fairfax and Arlington Child Care | Sparkles! Early Learning Academy

Sensory development is important to children’s growth. When children take part in activities that require the senses, their brains learn to process sights, sounds, smells and tastes, as well as feelings related to touch. Processing helps children translate a sensory experience into something meaningful. For example, a child might hear soft music and learn to associate it with the feeling of calming down. There are many fun ways to help children learn through the senses. Here are a few…

Understanding Your Child’s Cognitive Development Object Permanence, 6 Month Olds, Child Care, Early Learning, Baby Month By Month, Understanding Yourself, Problem Solving, Early Childhood, Your Child

Understanding Your Child’s Cognitive Development | Fairfax and Arlington Child Care | Sparkles! Early Learning Academy

As your child grows and moves through all the developmental milestones, you’ll notice major changes in the way he or she reasons, thinks and solves problems. These changes are due to cognitive development. Understanding where your child is cognitively at different stages can give you major insight into his or her behavior and how to best relate to your child. Here are some cognitive developmental milestones by age. 0 to 3 months Babies usually can recognize your voice and turn their heads…

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Your Child’s Physical Development | Fairfax and Arlington Child Care | Sparkles! Early Learning Academy

You often hear parents say time flies by so quickly when they’re raising young children. Children grow exponentially in the first few years of life – it seems like you blink and they’re completely changed. Learn about your child’s physical development at varying stages and how you can support your child’s development at home. 1 Month Old During this stage, babies can’t see more than 12 inches away from their faces and may enjoy black and white patterns. Their hearing is typically fully…

Your Child’s Social-Emotional Development Foster Baby, Social Emotional Development, The Learning Experience, Relationship Building, Early Learning, Healthy Relationships, Childcare, Early Childhood

Your Child’s Social-Emotional Development | Fairfax and Arlington Child Care | Sparkles! Early Learning Academy

There are several different areas of development that we foster through the learning experiences at Sparkles, and social-emotional is one of them. Social-emotional development helps children know who they are, what to expect from other people and what they are feeling. These concepts will help your child form healthy relationships build self-confidence and learn empathy. Social-emotional development impacts all other areas of development — motor, language and cognitive development are all…

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“Thank You!” Tips to Teach Children Appreciation | Fairfax and Arlington Child Care | Sparkles! Early Learning Academy

Around the holiday season, we love to be generous in gift giving, especially to our children. With so many colorful and appealing toy commercials urging us to spend, spend, spend, it’s easy for kids to get wrapped up in the flurry of commercialism and want every toy they see. Now is the time to teach children appreciation. Here are some ways to help your little ones understand the concept. Start with basic manners. “Please” and “thank you” go a long way and create a solid foundation for…

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Keep Your Home and Family Safe for the Holidays | Fairfax and Arlington Child Care | Sparkles! Early Learning Academy

Of course, you want your home to be merry, bright and inviting for all of your holiday guests. Decorations may be part of an important holiday tradition in your family and a way to stay in a festive mood. You want to make sure your decorations are safe all season long to keep your holidays fun and accident-free. Here are some safety tips that are good for the whole season. Keep your youngest child in mind. Kids love ornaments, but don’t let older kids rearrange the tree. Make sure…

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Let’s Celebrate! Winter Holiday Traditions Around the World | Fairfax and Arlington Child Care | Sparkles! Early Learning Academy

Throughout the world, many holidays fall during the winter months. Now is a great time to teach children to understand cultural differences as they celebrate their own holidays. Here are some different winter holiday traditions from around the world that you can talk to your children about. Hanukkah (Chanukah) – Jewish people celebrate this holiday, which lasts 8 days and nights in either November or December, to remember an ancient miracle where oil that should have lasted only one day…

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Seven Reasons Routines are Good for Kids | Fairfax and Arlington Child Care | Sparkles! Early Learning Academy

As adults, we might get a little bored with them, but then again, it’s not about us, right? It’s about the kids, and kids need routine. Studies show that children thrive when they have routines, and parents can attest that when their children are “off,” it’s often related to schedule or other changes in daily patterns. Why are routines so important to the happiness and development of children? Here are seven reasons. Routines create a sense of safety. Surprise and change might be nice…

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Fun Ways to Teach Children to Be Thankful | Fairfax and Arlington Child Care | Sparkles! Early Learning Academy

The holidays are a time of reflection and gratitude, as well as celebration and gift-giving. With so much hustle and bustle, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the holiday madness and forget to practice gratitude. So now is the time to slow down a bit and teach the little ones how to be thankful for what they have. Here are some fun ways to get children (and adults) practicing an attitude of gratitude. Talk about gratitude every day. Surrounding your children with positive conversation is a…

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How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children | Fairfax and Arlington Child Care | Sparkles! Early Learning Academy

Feeling Respected, Important, Accepted, Included and Secure The holidays your family chooses to celebrate offer great ways to help your children feel included which is the fourth critical emotional need of children. They need to feel they belong, to feel a part of things, to feel connected to other people, and have a sense of community. That’s why kids join cliques, gangs, clubs and teams – to satisfy that need to belong. Families who do things together feel closer to one another. Family…

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What to Do When Your Child Has Food Allergies | Fairfax and Arlington Child Care | Sparkles! Early Learning Academy

Many children these days suffer from food allergies. So while it may require an extra level of alertness as a parent, you can be comforted knowing that you’re not alone and that more and more schools and facilities are very aware of and take good safety precautions pertaining to food allergies. Allergies can range from causing mild discomfort to being life-threatening, and allergic reactions can worsen with repeated exposure to the allergen. It’s important to always be cautious once you know…

7 Tips for Preparing Your Kids for the Holidays Child Care, Early Learning, Toy Store, Early Childhood, Sparkles, Holidays, Children, Tips, Vacations

7 Tips for Preparing Your Kids for the Holidays | Fairfax and Arlington Child Care | Sparkles! Early Learning Academy

The holidays are a fun time for families, but they can also be stressful. Children thrive on routine, so traveling, eating large meals at odd times and seeing new people can really throw your kids for a loop if you’re not prepared. Learn how to keep your family happy through the holiday hubbub. Stay on a schedule – Kids need routine to stay on track. Sometimes it’s tough to do this when you may have long road trips, plane rides, family visits or other circumstances that might throw a wrench…

How to Hike With Kids so Everyone has Fun Hiking With Kids, Natural Curiosities, Early Learning, Childcare, Early Childhood, Have Fun, This Or That Questions, Infancy, Childhood

How to Hike With Kids so Everyone has Fun | Fairfax and Arlington Child Care | Sparkles! Early Learning Academy

Getting out for a hike with your children can be a great bonding experience while you enjoy the natural beauty around you, but hiking with little ones can be challenging. What do you pack? How do you keep everyone safe? How can you avoid the “are we there yet” blues? Learn how to prepare for success and get the most out of your hike. Start off slowly. Pick an easy hike where you can enjoy great natural features without going a very long distance. Keep your pace slow and steady, stopping…

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