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May Activities From Our Curriculum

This month, our activities focus on building your child’s “executive function” skills. The term executive function refers to an important group of skills that include self-regulation, memory, persistence, attention, and flexibility. You can help your child develop these “school readiness” skills at home with simple, fun activities from our curriculum! Just click on the images

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April Activities From Our Curriculum

Spring is here! While we’ve been enjoying a few sunny days here and there, springtime in Portland usually means a LOT of rain. Fortunately, we have plenty of fun and activities from our KinderCare curriculum to keep us busy on those rainy weekend afternoons. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere sunny, we have you

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Snow Day Fun – Educational Activities to Try at Home

We are snowed in today in Portland! It’s a big deal here, since we don’t usually get much snow. My daughter and friends built a snowman (and yes, those are broccoli eyes!), but for the most part, we’re staying inside where it’s warm and cozy. Here are some fun activities from our Education team that

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From the Classroom to the Family Room: At-Home Activities for January

Beat the winter boredom blues with fun and educational activities from our classrooms! Each month this year, we’ll be sharing new at-home activities for infants through PreK age groups. The following activities are focused on cognitive development (math—sorting and sequencing; counting; measuring; and subtraction) and language and literacy development (songs and fingerplays). Many of the

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Winter Activities That Encourage Creativity

One common challenge for families during winter break is what to do with bored, cooped-up children. Well, we’re here to help! Winter break is a wonderful opportunity to engage your child in activities that help foster creativity. The following activities are appropriate for one or more preschool-aged children and can be done in your home with

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Teaching Young Children About Community

Teaching young children about communities is beneficial for a number of reasons: It helps children recognize the importance of communities and the roles people play within communities It helps create a sense of place, familiarity, and security It helps foster stewardship and the knowledge that along with citizenship comes certain responsibilities It helps children recognize

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Weekly Links Roundup and Cute Photo of the Week!

It’s getting to be fall here in Portland. September is always a moody month for me; we have my birthday and my daughter’s birthdays, so we have lots of celebrations (and presents…and cake!) But on the downside, it’s about to start raining and not stop for many, many months. So, to lead the weekly links

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Play At Your Own Risk!

This week, Joey Razzano from our marketing team brings us a fun guest post about the importance of learning through play. I have been making a conscious effort to reduce my carbon footprint this year and part of that has been taking public transportation to work. Along the way, I meander the streets, checking out

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Weekly Links Roundup and Cute Photo of the Week

Here are some links to a few of my favorite reads this week: Blogger Heather Spohr from The Spohrs Are Multiplying visited the Thousand Oaks KinderCare with her daughter Annie and wrote this lovely post. “Unconditional love is the scaffolding that encourages your child to take chances, to experiment, and to fail without judgment. Sometimes

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