Toddlers and the Art of Self-Dressing

Toddlers and the Art of Self-Dressing

We’ve all been there. You’re enjoying your morning cup of coffee thinking that it’s time to get your toddler dressed for school, when she proudly enters the room dressed from head to toe in every color of the rainbow and more patterns than you could...

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Gardening With Kids

Gardening With Kids

Gardens are nature’s classroom, creating the perfect environment for children to learn and explore. Gardening teaches children so much more than how to plant seeds. Planning and tending a garden teaches children: Responsibility Independence Problem solv...

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Sparkles! Fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy

This March, we’re joining our Lead PreK Teacher at Fair Oaks, Desiree, in her fight to help children with muscular dystrophy. The fundraiser will be both a friendly competition and a lesson in helping others. Please read more about why this cause is...

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9 Strategies for Picky Eaters

9 Strategies for Picky Eaters

Many children may feel that eating dry cereal and fruit snacks for every meal is appropriate, but you know better. And while it may seem like you’re re-enacting a Civil War battle every time you put something remotely healthy in front of your picky eate...

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Explore DC, NOVA with Your Preschooler This Spring Break

Spring break is just around the corner. But that doesn’t mean that educational activities have to go out the window. Learning never truly ends, and Northern Virginia and Washington, DC are full of opportunities to combine learning and fun. We’ve c...

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Building Brainy Babies: Benefits of Reading to Infants

Building Brainy Babies: Benefits of Reading to Infants

Here at Sparkles, we love reading, and reading to children is the most fun (we even wrote a book to read to our students!). It’s an engaging, mind-stimulating way to educate and excite kids. Did you know that it’s extremely beneficial to read to babie...

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Helping Your Child Succeed in Kindergarten

Helping Your Child Succeed in Kindergarten

Guest Post | Kendra Kielbasa, Smart Beginnings of Greater Prince William As preschoolers approach school age, parents usually find themselves full of questions. Not the least of which is, “Is my child ready?” We have put together ways to build...

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STEAM: Powering tomorrow’s leaders

STEAM: Powering tomorrow’s leaders

You have probably heard of STEM or STEAM as you explored preschool options, or browsed parenting websites, and with good reason: Teaching with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)–or STEAM once you add in Art–nurtures th...

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Department of Commerce highlights importance of STEM education

Ever wonder why there is so much attention lately on STEAM education, which promotes creative problem solving with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math? This United States Department of Commerce report connects the dots between STEAM...

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Outdoor Play: A Development Essential

Outdoor Play: A Development Essential

When it comes to playing outside, there are serious benefits for your child. Outdoor play is crucial to the developing mind and body. Research shows it improves cognitive, social, and motor skills, yet studies also frequently indicate the American child i...

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