Teachers as Teammates – What You Should Know

Teachers as Teammates – What You Should Know

It’s a fear that many parents have, that teachers will not understand their children’s needs. At Sparkles! we acknowledge that concern and approach it like this: teachers and parents are on the same team. We have the same goals, which include keeping ...

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Out In the Cold: Sparkles! Helping Children in Need This Winter

Out In the Cold: Sparkles! Helping Children in Need This Winter

Virginia (and most of the East Coast) woke up to a frightfully chilly morning today as the temperature has dropped to record lows recently, and Old-Man Winter is showing us what cold really feels like. But do we really know what cold feels like? Have you ...

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Socialization: The Key to Growth and a Healthy Future

Socialization: The Key to Growth and a Healthy Future

We can all remember a time when our parents urged us to go outside and play with our friends. It was a part of life when we were young. Most times it was so that we would get out of their hair; if only for an hour or so. But, do you think for one second o...

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Why You Need to Start Looking at Childcare Centers before Your Baby is Born

Why You Need to Start Looking at Childcare Centers before Your Baby is Born

It might be one of the last things you want to do when you are pregnant – plan to go back to work.  But for many mothers who work outside the home, the reality is, maternity leave is short, and before they know it, they will have to decide who will tak...

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Help Your Child Develop – Play Some Sensory Games!

Help Your Child Develop – Play Some Sensory Games!

Sensory development is important to children’s growth.  When children take part in activities that require the senses, their brains learn to process sights, sounds, smells and tastes, as well as feelings related to touch.  Processing helps children tr...

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What Infants Learn (And you think you’re busy!)

What Infants Learn (And you think you’re busy!)

Infants are amazing!  We sometimes think of them as tiny, helpless humans, yet their capacity for learning is unmatched.  Babies grow and develop more in their first year of life than any other year, which is incredible when you think about how much we ...

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Activities for Spring for Less “Cha-Ching”

Activities for Spring for Less “Cha-Ching”

Being stuck indoors on dreary, winter days can bring on the blahs in even the most upbeat of us. But spending an entire season indoors with rambunctious littles probably has you calling “uncle.” No, seriously, “Uncle Jim, come get your nieces and ne...

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11 Reasons Why Day Camps Are Good For Kids

11 Reasons Why Day Camps Are Good For Kids

The mercury is rising (or the digital thermometer numbers) and school will be out soon. This begs the age-old question, “Where are the kids going to go?” Day camps, like the very ones we have at Sparkles! at Fair Oaks and Chantilly, are the places for...

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Safe, Fun Water Activities (Without a Trip to the Beach or Pool)

Safe, Fun Water Activities (Without a Trip to the Beach or Pool)

Spring lasted about 5 seconds this year, and now we’re experiencing near-scorching temperatures. What’s one to do with the littles when you’re cooped up at home and it’s blazing hot outside? A great way to cool off is with some creative water fun ...

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5 Tips for Teaching Young Children Time Management

5 Tips for Teaching Young Children Time Management

Your boss wants to know why you were running late (again), and all you can come up with is, “My son took 25 minutes to put on his shoes and socks, and when I buckled him in the car seat, he announced he wasn’t wearing underpants.” That’s the oldes...

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