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December 01, 2013
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Preschool Options

What's right for your child?

Sending your child to preschool is a big step not only for him or her, but for you as well. There are a vast number of preschool options and educational philosophies to explore, and finding the right fit for your child is an essential part of a strong and positive educational journey....more»
November 01, 2013
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Music Has a Beat!

Getting into the rhythm with your young musician

"Now it's time for music, music, music . . . we'll have lots of fun!" This song begins every facilitated program in The Music Studio in Playscape at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and it's very true – music is fun....more»
March 01, 2013
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A Heart for Preschool

Kids love, need early childhood education

Kids love preschool. They just do. Ask them. Wyatt, an area preschooler, says he likes school because he gets to spray the mist bottle. Abby likes school too because she gets to play with puppets. And Hunter, well he likes preschool because he gets to see Abby. It may be hard for parents to believe, especially first-time parents, but many two-, three- and four-year-old tots are school ready. It can be a shock, in a good way....more»
March 01, 2013
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Play and Preschool

There's more to "play" than meets the eye

The preschool years are optimal years for learning. Brain research demonstrates that 85% of a child's intellect and skills are developed in the first five years of life. However, when it comes to selecting a preschool for your child, keep in mind that most learning in young children happens through play. When you are looking at preschools, you want to see a lot of play happening in the classrooms. ...more»
December 01, 2012
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Choosing a Preschool is Child's Play

In recent years, full-day kindergarten has become the norm for many of our country's young children. As a result more parents are choosing to send their children to preschool in an effort to prepare them for entering a traditional school setting. Researching and deciding upon a program for your child can be a long process. Fortunately, understanding the traits of a quality preschool is not....more»
November 01, 2012

Dear Teacher

Grades for effort, improving spelling, and trouble with phonics

Grades for Effort Do Matter Question: My son receives a grade for both achievement and effort in every one of his subjects....more»
August 01, 2012
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Preparing Your First-Time Preschooler for School

Tips for parents to ensure a smooth transition

It's that time of year . . . the newspapers are filled with back-to-school ads and information, and your child is starting preschool for the very first time. You're excited for your child to begin this new venture, but you're also a little worried. How will your child handle being away from you—perhaps for the very first time? There are some steps you can take to help ensure that this transition is a smooth one:...more»
July 01, 2012

10 Best Apps for Kids

Tozzle: With over 40 puzzles and fun animations, this app will keep your toddler entertained as he or she learns to improve shape recognition and motor activity....more»
June 01, 2012
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Kindergarten Readiness

Your child is five or soon will be five. You are excited for your child to begin "real" school, and you may be wondering "Is my child ready for kindergarten?" Children are not innately "ready" or "not ready" for school....more»
March 01, 2012
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Test Your Family's Skills with an Adventure Vehicle Challenge

At-home activity provided by The Children's Museum

At The Children's Museum we are gearing up for the opening of LEGO® Travel Adventure! In this temporary exhibit, visitors will be asked "Where do you want to go?" and "How will you get there?" Using LEGO bricks, children and their families will build vehicles to challenge their imagination and creativity to go to some fantastic destinations! In the Family Programs department we create programs for the entire family that tie into our museum exhibits....more»
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