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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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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