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Being a Lifelong Learner

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Being a Lifelong Learner

Learning isn’t a destination; it’s a journey. One of the best gifts you can give your child is the gift of knowing how to learn—both a) loving the process and b) understanding that knowledge about any subject is attainable as long as you’re diligent. Loving to learn Take advantage of your child’s natural curiosity; this is what can lead to a lifelong love of learning. If your child has a question, see if you can figure out the answer together (rather than immediately Googling it!). Encourage your child’s fascination with the natural world, and their inquisitiveness about people, places, and...

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Creative Learning Activities for the Holidays

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Creative Learning Activities for the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and when your child is home from school, it’s a great time to involve them in holiday-related activities that can still foster learning and give them lots of fun experiences and memories. Here are some of our favorite ideas!   Family traditions Traditions are very valuable to kids, and the holidays are a time of year when you can make memories that will last them their whole lives. Whatever your family enjoys can be a tradition; it doesn’t to be Pinterest-perfect or just like what other families do. What matters is putting...

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Educational Gift Ideas

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Educational Gift Ideas

Gift-giving season is in full swing, and we want to share some of our favorite suggestions for gifts that are both fun and educational. This is a great time of year to add to your child's collection of learning resources!   From merka: Let’s start with some highlights from our catalog. We think these gifts will be useful and beloved for kids and parents alike: Our Toddler Learning Kit has lots of bright and colorful pictures that will delight little ones, and give you easy tools for learning and memory all year long. Placemats make fact retention fun and natural;...

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3 Ways to Include Art in Life with Kids

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3 Ways to Include Art in Life with Kids

Some adults would call themselves artists, but many have never sought to achieve their artistic potential once leaving childhood behind. For those of us who are parents but don’t consider ourselves to be especially creative and artistic, it may not come naturally for us to encourage our kids to explore their artistic sides. Yet art, like music, holds incredible value for kids. It can enhance their brain development, intelligence, emotional regulation, and the way they experience the world around them—not to mention, being creative is just plain fun. Here are three ideas on how to incorporate art into your daily...

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Top 10 Tips for Teaching Toddlers

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Top 10 Tips for Teaching Toddlers

Early childhood education is a profession and a calling all on its own. As parents and teachers of toddlers, there’s so much to know about early brain and language development that can help us facilitate their learning in the best way possible. Here are some tips that are simple to remember and implement. We hope you’ll enjoy trying them out with your toddler. Ask your toddler for help. Have her put her things away, bring items to you, throw trash in the can, etc. It takes more time to have your toddler do something rather than doing it yourself, but...

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