Sparkles! a sponsor of Freeze Bullying Walk/Run/Roll in Manassas

Sparkles! a sponsor of Freeze Bullying Walk/Run/Roll in Manassas

Also, thanks to Payton’s Project for speaking to our school age programs (grades kindergarten through 5) about bullying prevention and what to do in case of being bullied. We believe that all children have the right to attend school in a secure, sup...

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Kids and Christmas: How Much is Too Much?

Kids and Christmas: How Much is Too Much?

We love our children and would do just about anything to make them happy, right? Advertisers know this and use it to their advantage, especially during the holiday season. Those holiday commercials pull at your heart strings for a reason — emotional app...

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Keeping Post-Holiday Toys at Bay; 6 Tips

Keeping Post-Holiday Toys at Bay; 6 Tips

It warms your heart to see your little one’s face light up when they open presents from Santa or get that special toy they’ve been dreaming of from a family member. And because this is such a rewarding feeling, sometimes we, as parents (and definitely...

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5 Ways to Teach Kids Goal-setting this New Year

5 Ways to Teach Kids Goal-setting this New Year

Even kids can ring in the New Year by setting some achievable goals for the months ahead, with a little help from the adults in their lives. Those over the age of 7 are forming habits and beginning to make long-term goals for themselves, making this a pri...

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6 Ways to Keep Kids Healthy During Winter

6 Ways to Keep Kids Healthy During Winter

Cold, flu, nasty stomach bugs — it may seem like every time you turn around your child is fighting yet another winter ailment. It’s very frustrating for parents and miserable for children. Though some winter illness is inevitable, there are precaution...

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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, Part 1

Gardening With Kids, Part 1

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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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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