5 Easy Ways to Encourage Imaginative Play

There are a great deal of benefits for young children when they engage in imaginative play.  Four significant benefits being: –          Social and emotional skills development –          Language development –          Cognitive development –          Development of symbolic thinking While understanding the benefits of pretend play is important to your child’s development, understanding how to encourage imaginative play is just as significant. …

Parent Involvement Plays A Large Role in Your Child’s Education

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When teaching is extended outside the classroom by parents it creates a more positive experience for the children as well as helping their performance and growth in the classroom Having a strong home to school connection is a key component to help further children’s development.  For this to be possible, parents should be aware of what is being taught in …

Deciding Between Child Care Centers vs. At Home Care

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Numerous working parents around the world are faced with the dilemma of choosing a childcare provider for their children.  It goes without saying that parents want what’s best for their children and deciding what that is can be rather challenging. The two common types of care that are seen today are using a nanny or attending a child care center.  …

5 Things Your Child will Learn at Daycare

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Every day, millions of children will laugh, learn, and play at one of the thousands of child care facilities across the United States.  Daycare is a great option both for parents who have busy work schedules and for their children who can gain from daycare’s many benefits.  A good child care center gives children a safe and nurturing place to …

Choosing the Right Daycare Center

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Choosing the Right Daycare Center Looking for a daycare center that you can trust? Whether looking for a pre-school, nursery or daycare, every parent is probably a bit nervous about finding appropriate childcare. Though most childcare centers will have your child’s best interest in mind, it is still important to do your research ahead of time as the best centers …

If You Are Expecting, It’s Not Too Early to Start Looking for Child Care

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If You Are Expecting, It’s Not Too Early to Start Looking for Child Care. If you’re expecting and worried about when you need to start looking for child care, the answer is probably going to be “yesterday.” Child care centers, pre-schools, and nursery schools in the U.S. fill up early. But sometimes it seems there are so many — or …

Lumbering for Letters!

Boys playing

              Our preschool friends in Canandaigua love to be active, so we find creative ways to get them moving.  In the activity, “Lumbering for Letters,” our friends would lumber like a bear to find “food,” which was a letter, to bring back to the cave. During this movement center, the preschool children are practicing …

Toddler Food Art!

Toddler playing with food

Art is always a favorite of our toddler friends at the Henrietta Center!  Since we do art every day we like to be creative and keep it interesting.  When our theme was Healthy Food, why not paint with fruit and vegetables instead of brushes?  We used broccoli with green paint, carrots with orange paint, apples with red paint, grapes with …

Future Olympians!

The infants at the Canandaigua Center love practicing their balancing skills! They will climb on the mats and stand on different materials to practice balancing. One of the infants’ favorite activities is creating a wide balance beam out of giant wooden blocks. They will step up on the blocks and practice walking across them with the support of a teacher, …

Snack Helpers!

Miss Gina, our Kitchen Manager at the Henrietta Center, occasionally chooses a child or two to help pass out the afternoon snack!  The children love helping and get very excited if they are chosen to be the helper!  They even get to wear an apron! The children learn so much while doing this activity!  Miss Gina discusses what the snack …