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Let’s Get our Children Playing Outside

Does anyone else struggle to get your kids to play outside? The stereotype holds true at my house. My kids have to be convinced, prodded, and forced to get outside. And then, after the struggle to get them outside, what happens? Most of the time, they end up loving it, and then they don’t want to stop playing outside. This struggle is totally worth it, because there are so many benefits to children playing outside! The Benefits Preschoolers need to stay active throughout the day. Of course, anyone who has spent time with a preschooler is very aware of this …

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It’s Important to Teach Our Kids to Be Honest

I think it’s safe to say that we all want honest kids. Honesty is such an important part of life, affecting our relationships, our careers, and most of our general interactions. Understanding how to communicate our feelings and then listening to the feelings of those around us helps children understand the importance of honesty. None of us enjoy dealing with a dishonest person, and as parents, we really don’t enjoy dealing with dishonest children. So how do we teach our kids to be honest people? Everybody does it First, we have to be willing to face the fact that kids …

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Enjoy Spring Cleaning with Your Kids

Spring can be such an inspiring, happy time for us. We love to see new life emerging. The warmer weather is welcome after the chill of winter. We feel inspiration to open the windows and air out our homes. And after several months of being at home, especially in this time of pandemic, we are ready to give our homes a good cleaning. But when you have kids at home, it can be hard to get them involved, and it can be hard to enjoy spring cleaning with your kids. Cleaning with kids around can certainly be a challenge. You have …

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Let’s Live Out Earth Day Every Day

Special days on our calendars help us to teach our kids about the bigger world around them. April is full of these special calendar days, and since Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, April is considered to be “Earth Month”. This is the perfect time of year to watch Extraordinary Earth on My Signing Time. In this episode our treeschoolers explore what makes the earth so special and how we can be stewards of our planet. It’s great to celebrate Earth Day and Earth Month. But beyond these celebrations, we can help our kids know how to take care …

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Take Your Kids to Work Day is a Great Way to Learn Together

We all have dreams and goals for the future, and our kids are no exception. Many children choose an occupation when they are very young. Our little ones even play at different occupations and dress up in different roles. Our Signing Time episode, My Neighborhood, available on your My Signing Time app, explores many different work environments. It will also give you a chance to practice fun ASL vocabulary like office and work. While imaginative play is important for our children’s mental development, real world exposure can help them too. Real world experiences can fuel our children’s imaginations, and it …

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Celebrate National Siblings Day with Your Kids!

Did you know there was a National Siblings Day? It is meant to be a day of honor, like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but focused on appreciating our siblings. National Siblings Day is coming up on Saturday, April 10, 2021. This is a great time to look at ways we can teach our kids to appreciate their siblings. Let’s help our kids celebrate National Siblings Day! How did this begin? Claudia Evart, a resident of New York, lost both her brother, Alan, and her sister, Lisette, early in life. She  came up with the idea of a sibling day …

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Splendid Spring Activities Your Kids Will Love To Do At Home

Spring activities are joyful seasonal traditions. Springtime is often associated with bright and beautiful colors. We love to see the plain, empty trees start sprouting their buds. It’s exciting to see the early flowers bloom and add their color to the world. We even add colors to our springtime holidays, like when we dye Easter eggs. Kids love dipping the eggs into the dye and lifting the colored eggs out of the cups. We can take this enthusiasm for color, and find some new springtime color projects. If you are looking for ways to celebrate the turning of the season …

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Grow a Children’s Garden this Spring

Spring is just around the corner. In some places, it has already started! Many of us are planning or even starting our gardens, while many of us are happy to leave that effort to others. Whether you plan to have a huge garden or you don’t plan to have a garden at all, a children’s garden can be a fun project for your family. And now would be the time to make a plan to grow a children’s garden. Learning and growing Gardening, even on a very small scale, can help our kids learn in several ways. As they tend …

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Have Fun Learning About Weather Together

Children love science, especially when it is a hands-on activity. And science really is fun and easy when it’s on a child’s level. This time of year, when the seasons are changing, it’s a great time to observe different types of weather. Our Rachel and the Treeschoolers: Rainy Day Guide is full of fun and easy activities you can do at home to help explore the weather and create some wonderful memories, too! Take a Weather Nature Walk, Make your Own TreeSchoolers Play, Make a Rainy Day Book, and practice singing and signing some of the weather terminology explored in …

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10 Easy Ways to Practice Place Value at Home

Learning place value is a foundational skill children need to be successful in math. Teachers often note that refreshing students’ place value skills is important. This is because understanding place value helps children to build more complex skills as they grow. Practicing place value at home can help to keep your child ready to tackle whatever new math awaits them in the classroom. Practicing math at home with movement and song can be rewarding. Our My Signing Time subscribers love Practice Time 1, 2, 3. It is a fun series available on our My Signing Time App that practices ASL …

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