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  • Making Memories: Carving out Quality Time With Your Kids as a Working Parent

    Being a parent is tough, but when you add in the demands of a full-time job on top of the day to day ins and outs of running a household? It can seem nearly impossible to carve out time to spend together as a family. Of course, there’s also the fear you’re doing your kids a disservice by not being there for them all day, every day. Fortunately, you can relax a little. Research has shown the quantity of time you spend with your kids matters less than the quality time you spend with them. A large-scale, longitudinal study titled Does the Amount of Time Mothers Spend With Children or Adolescents Matter? published in the Journal of Marriage and Family revealed that the amount of time spent with kids from the ages of 3 to 11 had little impact on how they turned out and had a minimal effect on […]

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  • Healthy Eating, Your Kids and National Snack Food Month

    February is National Snack Food Month. This is the perfect opportunity to show your kids how healthy snacks are the best snacks for their growing minds and bodies! Let’s face it, kids aren’t always enthusiastic about healthy eating. But both parents and educators know the more interested and involved a kid is with what they’re trying to do, the more enthusiastic and engaged they’ll be. This makes for easy teaching and better retention – a win-win for kids and the ones teaching them! And it is possible to get them interested in trying new foods – if you make “fun” the name of the game! Here’s how: They’re watching you Like it or not, your kids are always watching what you do. If they see Mom and Dad choose – and enjoy – healthy foods and beverages, they may be more open to trying something new. Focus on the food’s […]

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  • How to Help Kids Explore Their Interests During National Hobby Month

    Every kid should have something they enjoy doing outside of school. National Hobby Month is a great way to help your child explore hobbies he may not be aware of! Why hobbies? Adults aren’t the only ones who benefit from having a hobby. Hobbies are an enjoyable way to gain new skills and learn something new about yourself and the world around you. Children who excel at something grow to perform well at other tasks because of the confidence they gain from their hobbies. When your child enjoys one or more hobbies she will: Develop strong social and emotional skills Grow academically Learn to be more patient Gain a sense of accomplishment which leads to confidence in other areas Develop willpower, concentration, determination and dedication Learn how to set – and meet – goals Feel more confident when asked to try new things Develop good reading habits by actively participating […]

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  • 3 Reasons Investing in your Child’s Preschool Education Beats the Stock Market

    Investing in your child’s preschool education will yield a greater return than the stock market. Cost-benefit analyses reveal that for every dollar invested in early childhood education, there is more than a $10 return in terms of cost savings in the following areas: remedial education economic well-being criminal justice tax revenues Adjusted for inflation, the annual return of investing in preschool programs is 18% over a child’s lifetime leading to a cumulative return of 900 percent! The actual benefits of investing in early childhood education go beyond saving money, however. Investing in preschool programs benefits children in the following ways: Self-Control Children attending early education preschool learn vital social and emotional skills such as self-control and the ability to self-monitor. By encouraging children to become engaged in their environment and their own learning, children learn self-control that studies show will follow them into their adult lives. Better Health The publication […]

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  • To Grade or Not To Grade

    Creating opportunities that spark intrinsic motivation. Leaders in the field of education have spent lots of time addressing the question of annual assessment in the form of standardized testing and fashioning report cards. At Voyagers’ Community School, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, we understand this is short-sighted. Instead, we dedicate time to discussing intrinsic motivation. What makes students want to do their very best? Can we teach intrinsic motivation? Are there ways in which we stifle this? Inevitably assessment, in the form of grades and rankings, weaves its way into the conversation. In schools across America, most often student work boils down to one thing, a grade, which represents everything about the child’s experience in a single class and, collectively, in a school year. Most people say, “So what, shouldn’t the best student be rewarded for being the best?” “How else are we going to know how a student is […]

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