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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Importance of Outdoor Play

The weather is warming up and it is getting to be that time of year again when children can play outdoors for longer periods of time! Playing outdoors is critical for children and some of the reasons include:

Practice and Master Emerging Physical Skills-
It is the very best place for preschoolers to practice and master emerging physical skills- running, leaping, jumping, throwing, catching, striking, pushing a swing, pulling a wagon, and lifting and carrying movable objects. 

Best Place to Burn the Most Calories-
It is the very best place to burn the most calories, which helps prevent obesity, a heart disease risk factor that has doubled in the past decade.

Contributes to Learning-
 Outdoor play contributes to learning in the areas of:
o  Cognitive
o  Social/emotional development
o  Communication skills
o  Vocabulary

Learning takes place through:
o  Children inventing games
o  Children modifying games
o  Children enforcing rules
o  Children learning number relationships (as they keep score and count)
o  Children learning social customs (as they learn to play together and cooperate)

   Helps Children Burn Extra Energy
Children need to burn extra steam or “let off steam.” Outdoor play enables children to “recharge their batteries.” They will learn better and sleep better.


Helps Children Stay Healthy
Outdoor play helps children stay healthy, not just physically but it helps with bacteria and virus too!
Outdoor play enables the infectious agents to spread out and be dissipated; it also enables children to get fresh air and exercise and to be less constrained.

Outdoor play is important for children, so take your child outdoors as much as possible!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Parent Education Topic of the Month (March 2014)

Build Your Child’s Vocabulary

Why is Vocabulary Important?

We use language to: 
  • Express our intentions
  • Describe our feelings
  • Understand the ideas of others
Word knowledge is among the most critical pieces of language development.

Word Knowledge=Successful Readers + Success in School
Small Vocabulary=Problems Learning to Read + Difficulties in School

There is a deep link between conversation print. Most of our daily conversations draw from a vocabulary bank of no more than 3,000 words, yet the average adult knows upwards of 20,000. That richness comes from print. It is critical that children are exposed to print early on-right from birth! It is important to increase the depth and scope of your child's vocabulary. 

How Do I Build My Child's Vocabulary?

  • Expose your child to print.
  • Read aloud to your child.
  • Teach children descriptive words, such as wide, narrow, tall, short, tiny, low, high, etc. 
  • Expose your child to lots of conversation, such as think out loud and talk to your child. 
  • Be purposeful in introducing new words to your child, such as in the kitchen teach them vocabulary such as-to whisk an egg, use a serving spoon, and test temperature with thermometer.
  • Expose your child to intriguing/difficult words, such as "ridiculous" or "saturated." 
  • Change the language of your daily routines, such as say "let's clean," "let's organize," "let's collate," or "let's arrange."

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Our "BIG NEWS!"

Check out the slideshow below to find out about our upcoming move!


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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 14th!

Click here to go to our GiveMN page for more information and to donate!

Monday, October 21, 2013

October Family Night Out

Join us on Thursday, October 24th for our October Family Night Out. You can visit with other Tiny Tots families while enjoying a meal. Be sure to bring a flyer with you and give it to your server, Tiny Tots will receive 15% of the profits. If you do not have one, you can print one out from our website, by clicking on the following link: http://036e133.netsolhost.com/wordpress/667/
Thank you!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

OPEN HOUSE



Join us for our Open House on Monday, August 26th from 4:30-6:00 P.M.
Now enrolling for our 2013-2014 Preschool Program and our Child Care Program. Tours available during event. There will be a jumper, book sale, and a game. All are welcome!