Posts Tagged ‘preschool’

Why I Didn’t Redshirt My Child

Academically redshirting your child is a topic often discussed by parents as their children get ready to enter kindergarten. In short, redshirting your child for kindergarten means to hold them back from attending kindergarten even though they would otherwise be eligible to attend according to the state cutoff age. Although academic research has found no significant long-term difference in redshirting your child, many parents decide to do so in order to allow their child to grow and mature for an additional year. Some parents, however, decide that redshirting isn’t the best option. Even though their child is “young”, in that they have a later summer or early fall birthday, these parents decide their child is ready to head off to big kid school. Reasons vary, from their child being academically ready to wanting their child to finish their school career earlier. One mom decided to do just that – send her child to kindergarten early – despite others telling her it wasn’t the best decision. And she’s happy that she did. 

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Should You Redshirt your Kindergartener?

If you have a child with a late summer or early autumn birthday, the thought to hold your child back from kindergarten for one extra year may have crossed your mind. There are quite a few factors that can come into play when trying to decide if “big kid” school is right for your baby, and ultimately, as a parent, you know best. But we all want to do our research when making this decision as it will impact the rest of your child’s school career. That’s why we have put together some of the reasons for holding your child back and against holding your child back another year. 

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Building Character In A Selfie World

We all want to raise our children to be good people with strong character, and in a recent national parent survey, an overwhelming majority believe that in today’s social media-focused world, nurturing positive character traits in children is more important than it used to be. Compassion, Honesty, Generosity – How Soon Should Parents Start Helping Their Kids Develop These Traits? Believe it or not, nearly half of parents surveyed think that preschool age is too young to begin learning social-emotional skills, skills like how to be generous, getting along with others, and compassion. So, how soon should you start… the answer may surprise you.

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Gifts for Preschoolers Holiday 2016 #DmHoliday16

There are so many toys on the market for preschoolers today, and we’re bombarded with even more via commercials, flyers, and ads around the holidays. Here at Daily Mom, we know it can be overwhelming and sometimes frustrating to choose toys that are current without being quick money-wasting fads, so we took the guesswork and stress out of shopping for your preschooler this holiday season. We’ve hand-selected our favorite toys, games, and clothing from brands we love and trust, and compiled a gift guide of things you won’t feel guilty about giving your little ones!

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Daily Mom’s Toys LIVE Holiday Extravaganza

“What am I going to get the kids this year??” If that’s not the most forefront question on everyone’s mind, we don’t know what is! After all, if you aren’t thinking about your own little prince and princess, you’re more than likely an “auntie” or “uncle” to someone special in your life. 

Our Holiday Toy Bash on Facebook Live provides you with some of the best ideas for gifts this year. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that we’re not featuring the latest digital gadget that seems to even outsmart the best of us! Nah, we’re featuring amazing brands that have your child’s developmental, creative, and thought-provoking interests in mind.


Be sure to enter for a chance to win something from our $1,600 worth of giveaways! We have partnered with several brands to bring you some of the things you may not have realized existed out there beyond the latest big-box game system. We are bringing these ideas to you LIVE on our Facebook page on Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 PM EST. Check out the information below to learn more so you don’t miss out on some cool toys and amazing giveaways!

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In-Home Preschool Fall Activities

And just like that summer is over and parents everywhere are gearing up for fall. For many families this means getting the kids out of the summer slump and back into the school routine. Even for homeschooling parents, this change in season comes with a change in their daily lives as they begin to lesson plan, integrate curriculums, and scour the Internet for activities that everyone can enjoy. In order to help with the arduous task of searching Pinterest and Google for fun things to do for your preschooler, Daily Mom has come up with some fall-inspired activities for your homeschooling days. 

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Ending the After School Grumpies

If you have a school aged child, you know what we are talking about. You are eager to hear all about your child’s day as you pick them up from school or as they get off the bus. Your smiling face, excited gestures, and open arms are met with grunts, groans, snippy tones, and all around bad attitudes. What’s the deal? Haven’t they missed you? Didn’t they have a good day? Are they sick? Was someone mean to them?

Take a step back mama. No need to panic! It’s just a case of the after-school grumpies. Coming home from a busy day at school can make many kids cranky, snappy, and all-around exhausted especially if they are just beginning their school careers and not used to this change. Luckily, there are ways to combat the after school grumpies as long as you have the right ammo in your arsenal. 

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Let Them Fight: Teaching Siblings to Work It Out

Parents have a rough job. Not only do they have to keep their kids healthy, fed, clothed, and sheltered they also have to teach them to be good people. If you have more than one child you know that often times some of your greatest tests of patience and use of parenting skills are used when your children are squabbling with one another.

A parent’s first instinct when they hear their children arguing in another room is to run in and help resolve the issue. However, research shows that allowing your children time and space to work out their own compromise is beneficial in many different ways as long as they have been taught the skills. Parents need to play both an active and passive role when it comes to disagreements between siblings – help them work through issues and show conflict resolution, but then step back and let them do it themselves once they have the knowledge base. 

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Win It: Deluxe Learning Kit from Teach My

Our kids are heading back to school. For some of us, we’re sending our kids off to their very first year of kindergarten. While exciting, it’s also a bit nerve-wracking: Is she ready? Will he make friends? Will she enjoy school? Did we do enough to prepare him? For all your back to school worries, questioning whether you prepared your child enough doesn’t have to be one of them, thanks to Teach My Learning Kits!

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20 Books to Inspire Preschool Girls

Girls. They are everything from sweet to sassy, pure princess to rugged explorer. Preschool girls are the first to throw on a beautiful, pink fluffy party dress, only to head outside and jump in a muddy puddle. Young girls are also the first to develop feelings of inadequacy – with some reporting such feelings as early as 9 and 10 years old. In an effort to keep those feelings at bay and help our preschoolers develop feelings of self-worth well before those formidable years of middle and high school, we created a reading list that includes fun, enjoyable books that will work to foster a high sense of self-worth, self love, power, confidence, acceptance and kindness… as well as develop a love for reading from the very beginning. 

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Back To School Preschool & Kindergarten Essentials 2016

The early school years are such a precious time. Your young child is just getting the hang of what school is like and his brain is a sponge, soaking up all that there is to learn. The curiosity of preschoolers and kindergartners is inspiring. Make the most of the first school years with the right stuff. We have all your preschool and kindergarten essentials here for you in one place!

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Talking to Your Kids about Tragedy

Parents strive to shield their children from painful situations. We want their childhoods filled with laughter, joy, and a sense of being carefree because we all know that one day the inevitable will happen – our children will see, experience, and feel the pain from tragedies. Many times these horrible situations will be far removed from our children. It will be something they hear about at school, see on television, or read about online. There are times, however, where our children experience the unfathomable. They may still be little or they may be adults, but as parents one thing never changes: we don’t want them to ever feel that pain.

Nonetheless the world is a scary and unforgiving place. It is our job as parents to do our best to teach our children how to cope with such horrific events such as the massacre in Orlando, and how to reach beyond the initial scope of pain and hate to one of empathy and love for those most affected. 

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8 Skills to Practice with Your “Almost” Kindergartener

Every year millions of parents around the country gear up to send their little ones off to kindergarten. Before you know it preschool graduation is over and everyone is talking about what school their child is attending the following year. It’s an exciting time for both the parents and the child, but there are always a few friends that end up staying in preschool one more year, either because they just miss the kindergarten cutoff or because their parents decided they weren’t quite ready for the rigors of “big kid” school.

Either way, kids who are in this limbo of actually ready, but aren’t quite old enough/almost ready for kindergarten sometimes get bored with the concepts taught in preschool. And any teacher will tell you that a bored child is not always a joy to have in the classroom! Children who are turning five at the beginning of the school year are often developmentally ready for higher learning concepts that may not be taught in the preschool classroom since many of their peers are not at that level. So, what is a parent to do in the meantime to keep their child engaged and continually learning while they get ready for the next school year? Below are 8 key developmental areas designed for preschoolers to work on kindergarten readiness skills that will help keep your child excited to learn!

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Summer Lessons for Your Preschooler

Another school year has come and gone, and it’s summer time already. When you made that last preschool run you may have been thanking your lucky stars that you don’t have to rush everyone out the door so early. But soon the dust settles and you realize you have your child home now – and they are bored. Every day at preschool they were playing with well-coordinated activities in a place designed for messes. Home is a bit different, and now you’re stuck trying to figure out what to do to keep your preschooler’s mind and body just as active as they were at school. 

You may be amazed at how much your child learned throughout the school year. But remember how when you were in school your mind would somehow lose much of what you learned during the school year, and your teachers would spend the first few weeks reviewing that material? It is the same for your preschooler – if they don’t practice the skills they learned this year they may forget them over the summer. Just because the school year is ending doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Here are some activities for you to do at home with your preschooler to keep their learned skills sharp throughout the summer. 

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