Beyond the Classroom

When your child offers you food or a toy, respond with an enthusiastic, "Thank you!" to model good manners.

The True Meaning of Thank You: How to Teach Heartfelt Manners to Your Kids

Parents beam when their children remember to say thank you or excuse themselves before interrupting an adult conversation. At our learning centers, our teachers often use thank you to confirm positive behaviors. Manners are more than teaching kids how to use polite language. Respect, kindness, and consideration are the core values of good manners—precisely the values that help

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Playdate Etiquette: The Quick Guide for Hosts

Playdates are a standard part of American parenting with good reasons: They build supportive communities of caring adults, boost kids’ social skills, and help toddlers and young children bond with people outside of the family. Plus, kids love ‘em. Here’s how to host a successful play date with aplomb. Share your ideas for great  playdates in

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Parents + Teachers + Good Conversations = Formula for Success!

What’s one of the best (and easiest) ways to ensure your child is achieving his or her fullest potential? Talk to his or her teachers. Research shows that when families are engaged with teachers and schools, their children are better prepared to enter kindergarten—and children’s social skills and school achievement improve, too. That’s why, each

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