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Once we started homeschooling our kids, I noticed that they started to struggle more with concentration. In addition to making it hard to get through a lesson, they also lost interest in some of their favorite subjects--presumably because we weren't teaching them as well as their favorite teachers. Fortunately, a friend of ours told us about some great homeschooling educational tools that might be able to help. We invested in some new textbooks and a few updated visual aids, and it made a tremendous difference. Read this blog to find out how to bolster your child's education, even if you teach them at home.



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Lessons From The Heart: Daycares Where Children Will Thrive

by Fred Peters

For many parents, typical daycares may seem too conventional and lack that creative spark they desire for their children. Many daycares offer activities that place value and importance on what children can learn from the natural world. Through the use of the arts, lessons from nature, and a stimulating playtime environment, children will thrive and look forward to their daycare experience. Many cities have a variety of specialized daycares to choose from, but there are also a few factors for the parents to look for when making their choice. 

Emphasis on the arts is a very good sign that the daycare in question has a stimulating environment to offer one's child. The use of song, dance, music-making, and poetic expression can all be customized according to a child's age and allow their imaginations to flourish in a creative way.

A strong focus on nature also allows the imagination of the child to be enriched while providing excellent ways to learn more about the natural world and their environment. Observing spider webs, leaves, and water ripples, for instance, can teach a child about patterns in nature while also offering a segue into the realm of mathematics. Shades of blue in the sky or green in the trees teach a child about colors and gradients. All observed through the natural world, this method of education is easiest for a child to understand.

Rather than coming from an abstract idea taught by adults, lessons can be learned from their immediate environment, which is something a child is acutely aware of and interested in. Daycares that offer this emphasis on learning from nature would provide the child with an engaging place to learn as well as play with others as they discover the natural world. Even staying indoors, children can learn about nature by observing things like leaves, flowers, or engaging in sensory play with materials such as water and sand.

The parent should also take note of the type of toys that the daycare offers children. Rather than relying on loud electronics or blaring TVs, wooden toys or play silks are far more conducive to a child taking the highest advantage of their own creativity. 

Many of these features can be found in daycares that offer a focus on Montessori philosophies or emphasis on learning from the natural world. These daycares allow the child to learn and play at their own pace and a chance to connect with others in the same environment. Staff should also be observed to appreciate the values of lessons that can be learned in the natural world as well. Children often learn best in these types of situations, gleaning wisdom and inspiration from the natural world rather than from concepts they do not yet understand or connect with. With a daycare center that bears these principles in mind, the child will flourish both in mind and spirit. 

For more information, reach out to a local child care center.