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Combating Childhood Obesity

Child obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. Approximately 16 percent of all American children are considered obese, and 32 percent are overweight. American children clearly have a problem, one that can seem too big for many families to overcome. Fortunately, there are ways to fight against obesity in your child. It does involve changing a lot of habits, but making these changes are not as difficult as you might think. Here are just a few simple things you can do to help your children Read more [...]

White Paper | Understanding the Importance of Childhood Imagination

Providing kids with the opportunity to learn and explore is essential to childhood development. Furthermore, allowing them to learn and grow with the help of their own imagination is crucial! Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview for life’s coming attractions.” While it may be silly, encouraging and fostering your child’s imagination is one of the best things you can do for your child’s development. Seemingly meaningless imaginative play is actually Read more [...]

Slideshow | How to Plan a Successful Field Trip

Planning a field trip that is safe, fun and successful for your students is no easy task. While the children and their parents may think of a field trip as a fun escape from the everyday monotony of the classroom, teachers are the ones who really know the truth. For teachers, there is a lot that can go wrong when taking their class out on a field trip. However, you proper preparation, setting the right expectations and paying attention to the important details, teachers can recapture the perfect Read more [...]

The Importance of Promoting Physical Activity for Your Child

Although getting outside for exercise is a piece of cake in the summer, it's not so easy when winter hits, or it's rainy and cold outside. This doesn't mean your kids can forgo physical fitness. In fact, it's important to keep them active every single day. You may just have to get creative! Why Kids' Health Depends on Physical Activity Children of all ages should be getting at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every day, according to the American Heart Association. This doesn't Read more [...]

The Role of Imagination in Education

Education has always placed a focus on knowledge; children go to school to learn, after all. And yet, some people would argue that focusing on learning new information isn't as important to a child's education and well-being as we think it is. Having concrete knowledge of a subject will take a student far, but what really drives people in what they do is imagination. Imagination is admittedly an abstract concept, but it is one of endless importance. The term is used to describe a child's ability Read more [...]

Important Reasons Parents Should Encourage Playtime | Infographic

While it may not seem like much, playtime is a critical element of your child’s early development. There are a variety of beneficial reasons why a parent should encourage a child to explore freeform play. From cognitive and memory skills to social and physical development, there is no end to the ways a child can grow and learn through playtime.   In addition to being a critical aid in a child’s early developmental stages, playtime is a great way for a child to let out their energy Read more [...]

Taking Outdoor Play Indoors

Winter can be hard for children who like to play outdoors. While there are still plenty of opportunities to go sledding or ice skating, there will always be days when it is just too cold for anybody to stay outside for long. Even on warmer winter days, children are still limited in what they can do when they play outside. Roads and sidewalks are too slippery to walk on safely, and even your child's favorite outdoor playground may become unsafe during the winter months. With as tough as cold winters Read more [...]

Keeping Your Child Entertained Over Winter Break

Winter break is coming soon, and your children are likely to be counting down the days until they can sleep in on the weekdays too. While the excitement of both the holidays and winter break will power you kids through the first few days, boredom can quickly settle in. To keep boredom at bay, and keep your kids physically and mentally entertained—consider the tips below. Schedule Family Activities The holiday season is a busy time of year, but don’t forget the importance of scheduling in Read more [...]

Is Technology Ruining Kid’s Exercise Opportunities?

There are many advantages to modern technology and electronics, but there are some downsides to consider as well—in this case the decreased level of physical activity. Nowadays children are like to spend a large portion of both their solo play time, and group playtime with friends or siblings—on electronic devices. Even if the technology being utilized promotes learning, kids still need to get out and move and play. The Balancing Act It is hard to say no to a child who is excited about Read more [...]

Planning the Perfect Child’s Play Date

If you have children that are in elementary school, or younger—you may be searching for other children their age who you can schedule play dates with. The benefits of regular play dates are many, and will teach your child invaluable skills that they are not able to learn in group activities—or when playing with siblings. Why Play Dates Are Important Play dates are an excellent way to teach children how to develop their social and emotional skills. It teaches children how to learn how to Read more [...]