Teaching Your Preschooler to Self-Protect

January 30, 2017

The world that our children are growing up in is vastly different than the world in which we grew up.  It is very important—even with our preschoolers—to prepare them for their world and not make the mistake of leaving them naïve. 

While we do not want our children to live in fear, there are dangerous people that they should fear. Statistically, a child is much more likely to be abused or harmed by someone they know rather than a stranger. To prepare them for any scenario, it's important to provide them enough information without making them oversensitive. 

Here are a few simple things that we can teach our preschoolers to help protect themselves.

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Eight Ways to Incorporate Math in Your Four Year-Old's Everyday Life

January 26, 2017

Math is not a four letter word, though it inspires a lot of hate for something that touches our everyday life. As with most things, your child's appreciate for math will mirror your own.

Math has the unique ability to force us to precision in thought and word. Consider a rectangle. You can define it as "an object with four straight sides and four right angles."

Now here's where we get even more precise. Rectangles may or may not have two long sides and two short sides. When a rectangle has four equal sides, we call it a square. In other words, every square is a rectangle, but not every rectangle is a square.

Math helps us think precisely. It helps us make connections and helps us notice differences. So here's the question: how can you incorporate math into your four year-old's everyday life?1

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Is This Bullying?

January 23, 2017

We hear so many things today about bullying in schools. It is a problem in far too many places. Anytime we are aware of it taking place, we need to get involved. But what exactly is bullying? And does bullying in preschool ever occur?

Dan Olweus is an expert in the field with around 40 years studying bullying.  Here is a definition from one of his websitesBullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. Often, it is repeated over time and can take many forms.

Three Parts of Bullying

There are three aspects that must be present for behavior to be considered “bullying."

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Learning to "Stretch Your Dollars"

January 19, 2017

In today’s economy, almost no one seems to have enough money. Therefore, most people need to learn how to stretch their dollars. What are some key concepts in making your money go further?

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Top Ten Books for Three Year-Olds

January 16, 2017

Goodreads is a sort of social website for readers. Among its features, the platform offers book ratings for its members. Here are the top ten books people recommend for three year-olds along with their corresponding Goodreads descriptions.

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Inside the Brain of A Preschooler: What Learning Style Best Fits Your Child?

January 12, 2017

Your child's brain is developing at an amazing rate. Scientists tell us that "the brain uses more energy [from ages 3 to 9] than at any other time in life."1

While your preschooler plays, eats, and socializes, he is simultaneously organizing billions of neurons to develop and control his emotional, cognitive, and kinesthetic functions.

Many children display a preference for a particular learning style. Knowing your child's tendency can help you shape his activities and play at home to further his development.2

 

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Is Breakfast Really Important for Preschoolers?

January 9, 2017

 

Okay, we’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Our mothers, grandmothers, and even cereal companies have told us this. You have maybe even repeated this to your child.

In recent years, several have challenged the notion of breakfast’s importance. It is a difficult matter to settle. Almost every study has concluded that more study is needed! It is a complicated issue.

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How To Teach the "Glory of God" to Your Four Year-Old

January 2, 2017

Enter any adult Sunday School and ask someone to explain "the glory of God." You'd probably get some blank stares, some careful contemplation, and then finally a few hesitant answers.

God's glory, though, is not some second-level teaching. Seeing God's glory is crucial. If we do not see God's glory, salvation will slowly twist into a self-help news story. This is especially true with children.

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