Posts Tagged ‘educational’

8 Reasons to Take a “State”cation

With young kids, sometimes taking a “big” vacation just isn’t in the cards. Maybe you have a car-crier, or you recently potty trained or your child just started school. Maybe work schedules don’t allow for a week-long vacation. Maybe your budget doesn’t (because, let’s face it — kids are expensive! And so are vacations).

Or — maybe you took a summer vacation, but would still like to get away with the family for a few days.

Consider taking a state-cation; that is, exploring your own state! Between state parks, historical monuments, fun museums, local festivals and new playgrounds, there are probably lots of places you’ve never been before. Here are 8 reasons on why to take a family state-cation.

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Gifts That Encourage Learning

Children, whether infants or teenagers, are always learning. As parents, we all want to give our children every opportunity we can to explore, create, and expand their minds. The holidays are a time for fun, and we know that learning should be fun as well. Give gifts to the children in your life that encourage learning. There are so many amazing products for kids that spark their imagination and foster a love for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). We think gifts like these are especially great to give to someone else’s child because not only will the child get so much out of whatever you choose, the parents will be happy with you as well. Everyone is happy and kids are learning while they play. These gifts are a win all around!

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5 Hands-On Math Helps

For some children, math comes easily. For others, it is a bit more of a struggle. Why? Why do some children just “get it” when their teacher explains a new concept and others don’t? The trouble may lie in that word: concept. Children who are able to conceptualize new ideas quickly will naturally do better than those that don’t.

In preschool through elementary age, an easy way to bridge this conceptualizing gap is through the use of manipulatives—something concrete or tactile to hang ideas on before moving on to the pictoral representations or abstract concepts in the math book and worksheets. These 5 hands-on helpers can help your child bridge that gap.

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3 Yoga Routines to Relax, Reset and Recharge Your Toddler

Toddlers have ridiculous amounts of energy. So. much. energy. These little energy superheroes sometimes use their energy for good– but not always. What’s a parent to do when their toddler is bouncing off the walls, misbehaving, throwing a tantrum or simply whining in that obnoxious-toddler-whine-that-immediately-gets-under-a-parent’s-skin-and-makes-them-want-to-just-acquiesce-to-whatever-it-is-they’re-whining-about?

Toddler yoga.

Channel your child’s negative energy into Downward Dog, Warrior and Plank poses. Make him laugh with Cat/Cows, Jumping Tree and Three Legged Dogs. Calm her down with Mountain pose, Lion’s breath and Child’s pose. Let’s get started!

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Holiday Baking: Montessori Style

Holiday Baking Montessori Style

Holiday baking can be difficult to accomplish while trying to keep your toddler occupied at the same time. Thankfully, you can make it into a fun and educational activity for your toddler by including them in the baking process. You can present the cookie baking as a string of Montessori activities. Not only will this enable you to get your baking done, it can be a very fun and educational experience for your child. You can discuss the steps together and make it a sensory exploration. Plus, the cookies will taste better if little hands help prepare them! 

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