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The Whole Child Blog Series: Balanced Bodies

Healthy, balanced meals are important - but are you providing the means for a balanced body? The development of a balanced body in today's technology-focused society also includes the development of fine and gross motor skills in a developmentally appropriate way.
   It is not uncommon to see a toddler wielding their pointer finger like a pro while entertaining themselves on their... Keep Reading

The Whole Child Blog Series: Healthy Brains

As I have gotten older, I have become more concerned about keeping my brain sharp. Cleveland Clinic has a site called "Healthy Brains," which provides a free "brain checkup." I am the proud owner of a brain with a Brain Health Index of 79. Well, I'm not sure how proud I should be of what is considered a C+ grade. How healthy is your brain? Take the assessment at... Keep Reading

The Whole Child: Brains, Bodies, Best Behaviors

The "whole child" development concept is not new. However, it has become a hot topic in today's parenting and educational circles  The movement can actually be traced back to Johann Pestalozzi in 18th century Switzerland.  He was the first to outline the different areas of a child's development and the importance of child-centered education. As a result, he is known as the father of... Keep Reading

Benefits of Music Education

Experiencing and performing music is an integral part of most cultures around the world. It's fun, interactive and brings communities together. Beyond that, music has been proven to have significant developmental benefits for your young child. Studies have shown that music education promotes physical, social and cognitive development. I am about to give you all the reasons to have more dance... Keep Reading

Rolling Into Kindergarten

Kindergarten readiness skills include physical, academic, social and emotional domains. All skill areas are of equal importance to kindergarten success. Parents can do a lot at home to help prepare their young child for the transition from preschool/pre-k to kindergarten. Here are some foundational skills to work on this summer. Can your child complete the following? Ask permission to get out of... Keep Reading