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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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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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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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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Avoid the Summer Slide, Learning Tips from Sparkles!

Avoid the Summer Slide, Learning Tips from Sparkles!

“The summer slide:” it reminds you of fun times at the park, but is actually a phrase for the loss-of-learning that can happen when children are out of school for extended periods. Studies indicate that teachers can spend months re-teaching forgotten ...

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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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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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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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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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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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