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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Hello from Crystal City’s New Director

Dear Sparkles! at Crystal City Parents, Hello everyone! I am so excited to be joining the Sparkles! family of Crystal City, and am humbled to have been chosen for this position as I know our corporate office has spent a lot of time and energy finding the ...

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October Diaper Drive

October Diaper Drive

Sparkles! Early Learning Collecting Diapers & Wipes for Shelter House, Inc. at Crystal City & Fair Oaks Most of us are trained to think of November as time to donate food to area food pantries. This October, Sparkles! Early Academy is encouraging ...

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Launch Kid-Friendly Routines for More Peaceful Mornings

Launch Kid-Friendly Routines for More Peaceful Mornings

The predictability of routines is reassuring to children, giving stability and order to their day.  Through repetition, routines also allow children to learn good daily habits and develop self-reliance. The most important of these are perhaps at the star...

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The Why & How of Baby Sign Language

The Why & How of Baby Sign Language

A crying baby can send parents into a frenzied guessing game. Are they hungry? Missing a favorite toy? Baby Sign Language,  a highly-simplified form of American Sign Language, offers a way for infants to communicate basic needs long before they learn to ...

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Meet Adoptable Pets at Sparkles! at Fair Oaks, Nov. 11

Meet Adoptable Pets at Sparkles! at Fair Oaks, Nov. 11

Sparkles! Early Learning Academy and NBI Realty, Inc. are joining forces with the Prince William County Animal Shelter to get shelter pets into loving homes. On November 11, 2017 the public is invited to stop by Sparkles! (12001 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA) ...

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Never Miss a Minute of Your Child’s Day

Never Miss a Minute of Your Child’s Day

Stay connected to your child at Sparkles! We know it can be difficult to not be with your child during the workday.  And as educators, we also recognize that parental involvement plays an essential role in your child’s success. This is why we offer a n...

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